While all the hubbub at the moment is surrounding Captain America: Civil War—and deservedly so, given that it opens in theaters in a matter of weeks—there’s one particular film on Marvel Studios’ horizon that is one of the biggest films it’s ever tackled. No, not Thor: Ragnarok. And not Avengers: Infinity War either. That would be Captain Marvel, which will mark the studio’s first female-driven superhero movie. It will only have taken 21 (!!!) films to get there, but in 2019 we will finally see a female-fronted superhero pic from the foremost superhero movie studio around. It is long overdue, and while Marvel has given us some memorable female characters along the way—notably Peggy Carter and Black Widow, mostly thanks to Joss Whedon—it’s about time the studio dove headfirst in an honest-to-goodness female-led superhero movie.
While Captain Marvel isn’t slated for release until March 8, 2019, we may actually see the character much sooner than that, possibly in Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, which opens in theaters in May 2018 but starts filming later this year. And because both Infinity War movies begin production soon (they’re shooting 1 and 2 simultaneously), Marvel is no doubt gearing up to begin casting Captain Marvel.
Erik Davis at Fandango caught up with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at the Civil War press day, and Feige revealed a timetable for when we can expect to learn who’s directing and starring in Captain Marvel:
“I think we’ll be announcing a filmmaker in the next month or two, and probably some cast members later in the summer, at the end of the summer.”
Feige added that the film’s main focus will be on “Carol Danvers and that journey to being Captain Marvel,” but his mention of an announcement at the end of summer certainly suggests we could get some big Captain Marvel news at San Diego Comic-Con.
The movie already has Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve penning the screenplay, and I will be very curious to see who they tap to take the helm. It’s hard to imagine them not hiring a female filmmaker, especially in the wake of landing Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, and there’s a litany of talented women that I’d love to see tackle such a big and exciting property, from Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) to Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad) to Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World)—the list goes on.
What do you think folks? Who’s your pick to direct and/or star in Captain Marvel? Sound off in the comments below. And for more Marvel news, check out our recent stories:
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