By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Captain Marvel is slowly coming together for a 2019 premiere. The screenwriters are currently deep in the process of penning the script, and Marvel has officially announced Academy Award winner Brie Larson as titular hero. Odds are good that her first appearance may be sooner than we expect, and she will almost certainly be in Avengers: Infinity War even as the directors the Russo Brothers are pleading the fifth on that one.
Another important piece of the puzzle is coming together, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Marvel’s director shortlist for the film. According to the outlet the shortlist includes Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria. It comes as no surprise that Marvel wants a woman to direct the film which is the same approach DC went with for Wonder Woman with director Patty Jenkins. Names that seem to be ruled out for the Captain Marvel directors chair are Jennifer Kent, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Emily Carmichael, and Elizabeth Wood.
Scafaria made a name for herself by writing Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist before moving on to the director’s chair with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and this year’s The Meddler, which stars Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne.
Glatter is primarily a television director veteran, having worked on Homeland, True Blood, Mad Men, The West Wing, Freaks and Geeks, Twin Peaks, and others. Marvel has tended to hire new directing voices for their films, so I’m a bit surprised by this choice. But it should be known the Russos came from a TV background, and Black Panther’s helmer Ryan Coolidge has an acclaimed resume, including Creed.
While both of those are new names I haven’t seen attached to the film, Niki Caro has been rumored to be in the running for the job since news of Brie Larson being approached to star as Captain Marvel broke. I don’t know whether that bodes well for her or not, but she seems to be hanging in there, so Marvel must see something there.
THR is also reporting that Marvel is being very deliberate with the search, so I don’t expect an announcement is imminent. Marvel still has time to put the Captain Marvel movie together, but they will probably need to make a decision in the near future in order to start filming by, at the latest, March 2018, if not earlier. There needs to be time for pre-production. I estimate that the film will probably go before cameras sometime in October or November 2017.
What is really interesting is that both Avengers films will be shot back-to-back, which means that Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel which will premiere after Infinity War (May 4, 2018), but will be shot after Avengers 4 has already wrapped (which opens in 2019). That has to make planning the film a lot trickier, as the screenplay for the fourth Avengers outing will have to take both of those films into account.
Captain Marvel will premiere in theaters on March 8, 2019, ahead of Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.