The search for a director for Marvel's Captain Marvel film has reportedly begun in earnest, with several names surfacing this week in connection with the project.
We Got This Covered reports that White Girl director Elizabeth Wood met with Marvel to discuss potential directorial opportunities, speculating they may be eyeing her for Captain Marvel. While Wood has few major credits, White Girl garnered considerable attention at Sundance, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter reports indie filmmaker Emily Carmicheal's name has surfaced as a contender for the Captain Marvel director's chair. Carmichael is slated to write and direct Powerhouse, a family adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow, for which no release date has been set. Though further details are being kept under wraps, Trevorrow is quoted as saying “[Carmichael’s] ability to find warmth and humanity in genre storytelling is a superpower in itself,” which contextually seems to indicate Powerhouse will involve superpowers, perhaps in a Fantastic Four/Incredibles vein.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in April that an announcement of a director and star for Captain Marvel would likely happen this summer, but he has gone on record denying there is a studio edict to hire a woman director despite the fact that the majority of directors they have met with are women.
Captain Marvel is scheduled for a March 8, 2019 theatrical release.