Marvel Studios’ first two phases are over, and now we wait for the beginning of Marvel Studios’ Phase Three, which begins with Captain America: Civil War. I suggested some directors for two of Marvel’s Phase Three films (Thor: Ragnarok & Black Panther) on last week’s Marvelous Monday. This week I focus on Captain Marvel and Inhumans – let’s try to fill those director’s chairs!
Captain Marvel – November 2018
First up is Kathryn Bigelow! The director of Point Break, The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty was the first woman to win the Academy Award for best director, and has worked with more than one Marvel Cinematic Universe alumnus. And perhaps also a future alumna, as Jessica Chastain could easily become the MCU’s Captain Marvel. Bigelow is an amazing director, and would be a huge ‘get’ for Marvel in Phase Three.
We must not forget about Adam McKay. The writer/director has already worked with Marvel, as he worked on the Ant-Man script, and would probably not be too hard to lock down as a director for Marvel Studios. Now, while McKay has a great tone for movies like Ant-Man, you could argue that it is not perfectly appropriate for Captain Marvel. However, the Anchorman and The Other Guys director could be an easy solution for Marvel Studios.
My final suggestion for Captain Marvel’s director’s chair is Doug Liman! One of the strongest contenders for the character ‘Captain Marvel’ is Emily Blunt, who Liman worked with in Edge of Tomorrow (a solid sci-fi action flick). However, he has been linked to a lot of projects, and he might not be the easiest director to get. If I had a choice of director, then I’d definitely go for Bigelow – but I’m not sure she would be willing to sign on to a potential multi-picture deal.
Inhumans – July 2019
Now this is a really tough one. The fact of the matter is that the Inhumans-film isn’t here until mid-2019. I’ll try to come up with a suggestion that makes sense, but also two out-of-the-box options. Starting with – Damien Chazelle. At this moment very inexperienced directors are being handed huge jobs, with Colin Trevorrow being a perfect example of how independent directors become studio-driven. Chazelle is as talented as they come, and could be Marvel’s Trevorrow.
Another out-of-the-box option could be Drew Pearce. Pearce is best known for having worked on the story for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the screenplay for Iron Man 3, but he is connected to a lot of projects. Now, I do think he could be an option as a director. Why? Well, he’s worked with Marvel in the past, and his One-Shot All Hail The King is perhaps the best of all of Marvel’s One-Shots.
My final suggestion is for Marvel to return to their Avengers-godfather director. Joss Whedon might have been very tired after his two Avengers-films, but if Marvel Studios desperately want Inhumans to be their X-Men, then there is no director other than Bryan Singer that knows more about the X-Men than Whedon.
What are your suggestions? Sound off in the comments!
I’m Jeffrey Rex