Earlier this year, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige assured anxious fans that a director and star for the upcoming Captain Marvel film would be revealed before the end of the summer. At Comic-Con, Brie Larson joined the MCU family in Hall H to announce her casting as Carol Danvers in the highly-anticipated film, which is still seeking a director. According to Feige, we’ll know who’s helming the project before the end of the year, but until then, he has another great reason for you to be excited about Captain Marvel.

Here’s what we know so far: Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) are working on the script for Captain Marvel, which will provide an origin story (shocker!) for Larson’s character. As for the director, Feige tells Vulture we’ll have that answer “by the end of the year”:

We’ve been meeting amazing filmmakers, but often the way we work, as was the case on Doctor Strange and most of our movies, is that we have a … I don’t want to say a ‘road map,’ but we have a general view of what the movie is and then we meet with filmmakers and share that with them and then they pitch it back to us in a better fashion.

Last we heard, Marvel had reportedly met with Homeland’s Lesli Linka-Glatter, Whale Rider director Niki Caro and indie favorite Lorene Scafaria, who most recently helmed The Meddler. It’s unclear if those names remain in contention.

While Feige couldn’t provide an update on that front, he did offer some exciting thoughts about Captain Marvel and why Brie Larson is perfect for the job:

It’s very important to us that all of our heroes do not become silhouette-perfect cutout icons. All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them, all of them have a deep humanity to them. With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she's introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had. It's important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that.

Thor and Hulk better watch their backs because Captain Marvel sounds like she could totally destroy them — you know, if she wanted to do that. It’s a good thing she doesn’t.

Captain Marvel is scheduled to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.


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