It’s 2016 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only just now developing its first female-lead superhero movie? Well, it’s better late than never, and Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a strong place to start. Amping up the girl-power factor of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve are set to start the script for Captain Marvel, which should arrive in theaters in 2019. So the next question is, who will take on the directorial duties of this thing, and who will star in it?Titular casting rumors have placed Mission: Impossible 5‘s Rebecca Ferguson and Sicario‘s Emily Blunt as front-runners, while other notable names include Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and Vikings‘ Katheryn Winnick. Marvel Head Kevin Feige assures us that definitive answers are coming soon: here’s what he shared with Fandango‘s Erik Davis while at the Captain America: Civil War press day:
“I think we’ll be announcing a filmmaker in the next month or two, and probably some cast members later in the summer, at the end of the summer.”
Feige added that the film will focus on “Carol Danvers and that journey to being Captain Marvel,” which could potentially get pretty confusing. Danvers has been known by a lot of names before Captain Marvel, including Binary, Warbird, and Ms. Marvel. One thing that has been consistent, however, is that Danver has always been a notably strong character, even before she acquired her superpowers, so a powerhouse performance is to be expected from whoever is selected to play her.
Still flowing in the “strong woman” vein, Marvel will most likely be looking for a woman to direct the film. The studio seems intent on diversifying their talent, both on and off screen, as shown by their (failed) attempt to sign Selma‘s Ava DuVernay on for Black Panther. This project is definitely looking good for the ladies of the industry; almost as empowering as Carol Danvers herself!
Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8th, 2019.