When Marvel announced its massive Phase 3 lineup back in October 2014, many fans were most excited for the inclusion of Captain Marvel. This big screen adventure follows Carol Danvers, and will be the first female-lead movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it hits theaters in 2019. While we still have a few years until this stand alone movie arrives on the big screen, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made it clear that having a female director to take the helm is a big priority.
Last month, Kevin Feige teased that Carol Danvers will be the most powerful character in the MCU. It has been rumored that she will make her MCU debut in Avengers: Infinity War, before moving on to her stand alone Captain Marvel movie, hitting theaters March 8, 2019. Variety caught up with Kevin Feige, who revealed that having a female director at the helm is incredibly important, while reiterating that Captain Marvel will have power levels that are "off the charts." Here's what the producer had to say about why having a female director is so important to the telling of this story.
"Having a female director at the helm to tell the story of a woman who is also our most powerful hero by far is very important to us...If you had the collector cards of the Marvel characters and you could see the power levels, she would be off the charts compared to anyone that we've previously introduced in a film."
A report from August revealed that Marvel has narrowed down their choice for director to Niki Caro (McFarland USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men) and Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler). Marvel hasn't officially announced a director at this time, but the studio did confirm Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, when the actress put in a surprise appearance at the end of Marvel's Comic-Con panel this summer. When asked about what made recent Oscar winner Brie Larson right for the role, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven't seen before in our films, you need to counter- balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they're willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft. At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws. Brie is a person you're going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt."
The script is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). It remains to be seen when Marvel plans on announcing the director for Captain Marvel, or other cast members. The studio also hasn't revealed when filming may begin on Captain Marvel, but that most likely won't happen for at least another year. Marvel also has yet to confirm if Carol Danvers will in fact be featured in Avengers: Infinity War, which starts filming in January.