Captain Marvel is already in place, with Brie Larson (Room) unveiled as the new Carol Danvers at this year's San Diego Comic Con. But now she needs a director to bring her to the screen. Marvel Studios seem to have that in hand too, though, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that a shortlist of three female filmmakers have already been drawn up.
The shortlist includes Lorene Scafaria (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World), Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Lesli Linka Glatter, who has more of a TV background with credits including Weeds, Homeland and The Walking Dead. She was nominated for an Academy Award® for a short in 1985 and directed Mad Men's iconic Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency episode.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hiring process won't be done in haste and other candidates may yet be added to the mix. Marvel, of course, are keen to get the pick right candidate and will be looking to ensure the chemistry between star and director is perfect.
Captain Marvel's story sees Larson playing Carol Danvers, a skilled test pilot whose DNA is melded with that of Kree warrior Mar-Vell. Subsequently, she gains powers such as flight, enhanced strength, damage resistance and the ability to absorb and channel energy. Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have written the script.
The absence of female directors making blockbusters has become ever more glaring in recent years, with even a current surfeit of big superhero movies not seeming to open doors to women. Then Patty Jenkins (admittedly, stepping in for Michelle McLaren) took on the Wonder Woman job. Will Marvel follow suit with Captain Marvel? As always, watch this space.