By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Marvel Studios have consistently made one good movie after another for the past eight years. Even the lesser films, like The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World are still enjoyable movies in their own right — they just tend to be not as good when compared to the rest.
For all you can say about what Marvel does right there has been one issue to be critical of the studio, that of diversity. Fortunately, the studio has been going through a bit of a course correction when it announced production of Black Panther and Marvel’s first female led solo film Captain Marvel.
In an interview with The Mary Sue, Captain Marvel producer Victoria Alonso talked about her tenure at the studio, having produced every feature film since they launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man. She was asked how far along Captain Marvel was now that they’ve secured Brie Larson in the titular role, and here’s what she said.
“We have an incredible performer in Brie Larson and a devoted woman to hold this banner which is a heavy one, I have to say. We’re in early conversations. We have writers and we are trying to get a script done. We don’t have a director yet, but it’s coming. It’s all coming.”
There are a lot of possible director names that have been tossed around, with Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria being the last shortlist I’ve heard. Other names which may or may not be in the running are Jennifer Kent, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Emily Carmichael, and Elizabeth Wood, so either the shortlist was narrowed to the former three, or it’s a very long shortlist.
The screenplay seems to be a tough nut to crack, and it sounds like screenwriters Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve are still working on it. That should be expected, since other Marvel projects can affect Captain Marvel, so they tend to be worked on right up until they’re ready to shoot.
It also doesn’t help that her origin is being changed in the solo film from the comics, where the original Captain Marvel was a male Kree before the mantle was passed on to Carol Danvers. I don’t mind skipping over that particular plot point, but I do wonder what the writers have in store for her. My best guess is that Danvers will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, which opens May 4, 2018, as just another fighter pilot, before some fallout from that film causes the accident that gives her her powers.
Captain Marvel will premiere in theaters on March 8, 2019.