Marvel Studios absolutely brought down the house over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, after taking a year off from presenting in the famed Hall H. This year more than made up for last year, and after more than an hour of amazing footage, announcements and fan service, they dropped a bomb by finally revealing that Oscar winner Brie Larson is playing Captain Marvel. Now that we know who is playing her, all eyes are on the empty director's chair, and we may know who Marvel Studios is eyeing to fill it.
Marvel Studios is making a big push for diversity at the moment, so it seems likely that they will want a woman to direct Captain Marvel, much in the way that Warner Bros. had Patty Jenkins direct Wonder Woman. Fans are speculating wildly about who could fit the bill, and a fan recently asked Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander on Twitter if she may be the one to take on Carol Danvers big screen adaptation. She noted that she is not on Marvel's short list right now, but she did tell us that Rachel Talalay is.
"I'm not on the list but I believe @rtalalay is and I couldn't imagine a better director for it"
It is very likely that most people won't recognize Rachel Talalay by name, but she has a long history under her belt. Talalay started out directing Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, which isn't exactly a well regarded entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. However, she is most well known in the movie world for directing 1995's Tank Girl, which bombed at the box office and was critically panned. The movie completely derailed her career, and she was banished from Hollywood for nearly two decades.
Since then, she has primarily been a TV director. And recently she has started to really make a strong comeback, working on shows like Sherlock, Legends of Tomorrow and the very well regarded "Fast Lane" episode of CW's The Flash. Her feature experience may be a bit limited, but the shows she has been working on are very cinematic. Not only that, but being that she is currently working on the DC Comics shows over on The CW, that would be a way for Marvel to sort of give a little bit of a middle finger to the competition by stealing away some talent. If she lands Captain Marvel, this would certainly be a big comeback for someone who was told she'd never have a career after the release of Tank Girl.
Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) are penning the script for the Captain Marvel movie, but we know very little about the story yet. Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, made her debut in 1968's "Marvel Super-Heroes" #13. She was a U.S. Air Force security chief who transformed into Captain Marvel following an explosion that involved Kree alien technology. Captain Marvel has superhuman strength and the ability to fly, after her DNA was fused with that of a Kree alien. It is very possible that we could see Captain Marvel get her powers at some point during Infinity War Part I, which hits theaters 10 months prior to Captain Marvel, which is currently sandwiched between both Infinity War movies.
There has been a lot of pressure on Marvel Studios for a very long time to deliver a female led superhero movie, and Captain Marvel is finally going to accomplish that more than a decade into the existence of the MCU. It makes sense that Marvel would want to lock down a director somewhat soon, even though the movie is fairly far away from a release. Marvel would definitely earn some more brownie points by hiring a female director. It looks like that director may be Rachel Talalay, who just might be getting another chance at directing a big, female driven action movie. We will have to wait and see who else pops up on the short list in the coming months. And it should be noted that while Tank Girl was a huge box office disaster, it as grown a strong cult base over the years amongst male and female fans alike.