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‘Captain Marvel’ gets Hollywood's top female screenwriters; Angelina Jolie to helm MCU's first heroine flick?

July 24
10:39 AM 2015

'Captain Marvel' may be scheduled for release until November 2, 2018 but the creative teams behind Marvel's first female-fronted superhero movie are already in early development. Although audiences are still kept in the dark about further cast details and potential story lines, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige expressed his desire on finding the perfect director by the end of summer to headline the film's progress.

This unique idea by Hollywood standards is in conjunction with another female-centered Marvel project 'Black Panther'. One of those rumored to fill the directing role is Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie.

With Hollywood's top female writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve already poised to write for the film, it may be time to pick a director to grip the reins. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter,  Feige talked about the pressures of picking a female director. He said, "It's an issue across the industry, for sure.

And the issue is, we need to find the best director for any given movie. And that's really where we always start. If diversity is part of that, it's great. It's important." When asked about his preference of having a female director on board he added, "I think it will happen sooner rather than later, without giving too much away. But you look back sometimes, and it's just the nature of this industry, or the nature of the culture. But there's a big shift happening."

Feige has not confirmed nor dropped any names for potentials just yet. However, numerous speculations all over the internet point towards having award-winning actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie on the directing chair. This may come as a surprise for everybody especially since her latest directorial feat, 'Unbroken', received lukewarm success.

According to Collider, a woman of her status would be entirely beneficial for Marvel and would bring 'Captain Marvel' to a wider audience - including fans who are strangers to the comic books. It would be advantageous for Jolie as well since a franchise of this magnitude would catapult her to the mainstream filmmaking industry as well as supplement her experience behind the camera.

Another report by We Got This Covered also banked on the idea of Jolie's potential appointment. However, the pursuit would be more on a commercial standpoint and not one of extensive experience since she is evidently less qualified in comparison to other industry players who have been doing the same for longer. In any case, having a female director would further strengthen female representation in the comic book/superhero film franchise.

'Captain Marvel' will feature the first superheroine to get her own title movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after 12 comic book live-action adaptations. Although there may have been several versions of the title character in the comic books, it seems to be Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel in the spotlight.

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