‘Captain Marvel’ Poll: Who Should Direct Marvel’s First Female-Led Superhero Movie?

     July 24, 2016

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News appears to be heating up on the Captain Marvel front, and it’s about damn time. When the Marvel Studios film hits theaters on March 8, 2019, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a whopping 20 films deep without a single female-led superhero film. But it’s better late than never I suppose, and it was confirmed yesterday that Oscar-winner Brie Larson will be playing the title character, making a tremendous addition to the MCU.

In the comics, Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, is a U.S. Air Force pilot who gains superhuman abilities when she is caught in the explosion of a device from the alien Kree race. You may remember the Kree from Guardians of the Galaxy, which featured the villainous Ronan the Accuser, a Kree extremist. The MCU films never completely adapt any one comic book arc, so Danvers’ origin story could end up being very different, but she remains an exciting prospect in the MCU.


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But while Larson is set to star in Captain Marvel, word has also started to surface about who might direct the movie. After setting Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) to pen the script, Marvel Studios is reportedly looking rather closely at female filmmakers to take the helm of the picture, with The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent and Whale Rider’s Niki Caro emerging as potential contenders. So with all of this in mind, we thought we’d put it to you, dear readers, to see who you’d like to see direct the eventual Captain Marvel film.

In the poll below, we’ve put together a list of candidates we think would be swell choices for the job. Keep in mind that Marvel is currently on the track of signing up-and-coming or left-of-center filmmakers instead of setting established or blockbuster-friendly directors like Jon Favreau and Joe Johnston during Phase One. But before we get to the poll, a brief refresher on the resumes of those we’ve included:

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    Jennifer Kent – The Babadook

  • Niki Caro – Whale Rider, McFarland, USA
  • Susanne Bier – The Night Manager
  • Lorene Scafaria – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Amma Asante – Belle
  • Karyn Kusama – Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation
  • Catherine Hardwicke – Twilight, Thirteen
  • Ana Lily Amirpour – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Lesli Linka Glatter – Homeland
  • Michelle MacLaren – Breaking Bad
  • Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis, The Voices
  • Lana Wachowski – The Matrix, Cloud Atlas
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson – Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Dee Rees – Pariah, Bessie
  • Elizabeth Banks – Pitch Perfect 2
  • Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker, Point Break
  • Amy Seimetz – The Girlfriend Experience
  • Marielle Heller – The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Ava DuVernay – Selma

Now, get to voting!


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