While there have been murmurs of Joss Whedon possibly directing the solo adventure Captain Marvel for Disney and Marvel, it seems the two studios may have something else different in mind. They actually want a female director, and have approached Angelina Jolie for the job. This has not been confirmed or denied by either Marvel or Disney.
The news comes from the more respectable, yet still trashy, celebrity and lifestyle magazine OK!, who are usually fifty-fifty with their scoops and rumors. According to the publication, Disney executives have offered Angelina Jolie $20 million for the directed gig on Captain Marvel. They decided to go after the actress-turned-director after watching her second feature film Unbroken, which opened Christmas day. An inside source claims those involved with the decision making process at Disney and Marvel were beyond impressed with her skills in bringing the story of Olympic athlete turned POW Louis Zamperini to the big screen.
Anyone who has seen Unbroken will likely be okay with Angelina Jolie directing Captain Marvel if this rumor actually comes to pass. The biopic is a fast-paced, action-packed and very brutal experience that is heightened by heartbreaking emotional drama. Just the right mix for Captain Marvel, the story of Carol Danvers. In the comic books, Danvers is subjected to otherworldly radiation that transformers her into a super powered warrior who eventually takes the mantle of Captain Marvel to help protect the cosmos. Captain Marvel will be the first female-driven solo feature for Marvel, and it seems Marvel is following DC's path in bringing the movie to fruition. Last year Warner Bros. hired Michelle Maxwell MacLaren to direct their Wonder Woman standalone feature. Says the insider:
"Having a female director is a priority for [Marvel]."
The unnamed source of this rumor goes onto say that Angelina Jolie is quite keen on taking the job:
"She never thought she'd be in such huge demand as a director, and to be courted by Marvel after the Sony fiasco is a huge pat on the back."
Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut with the 2011 feature In the Land of Blood and Honey. She has teamed up with husband Brad Pitt for her third feature, By the Sea, in which she will actually appear on screen. She has also set up Africa, which follows big game elephant poachers and may also, once again, star Brad Pitt in the lead role. What do you think? Is Angelina Jolie the right director for Captain Marvel? Or are you hoping for the return of Marvel's golden boy Joss Whedon?