Now that Brie Larson has been cast in the title role for Captain Marvel, attention has turned to finding the right director and defining Captain Marvel's place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - a task that hasn't been easy, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
"I expect to have a director by the end of the year," Feige told Vulture. "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."
"With Captain Marvel, there's so much potential in the comics and there have been so many incarnations of her powers and the characters who've had that mantle that we've been focusing in on exactly how do we tell her origin," Feige explained. "How does it fit into the cosmic side of our universe? How does it fit into what we're doing with the next Avengers movies? So really, that's what's been delaying that particular announcement."
Feige previously said an announcement about the director would come over the summer, a deadline he has now pushed back. But one thing that's certain is that Carol Danvers will be one of the most powerful characters in the MCU.
"It's very important to us that all of our heroes do not become silhouette-perfect cutout icons," Feige continued. "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."
As for who could take that still looming director's seat, Feige reiterated the studio's desire to hire a woman to direct their first big screen headlining female hero.
"It's super important. One of the things that's interesting is there's been a lot of versions of Captain Marvel, there's been a lot of stories of Captain Marvel, and we are now sharing all the source material with the writers who are working on it now, with the filmmakers who we're meeting with and have been for months," Feige told IGN. "Whether they know a lot about the comics or, more likely, the filmmakers we work with don't have to be huge fans, they just have to fall in love with it once they are presented with it. It's amazing to see all of the filmmakers read through it and know, 'Oh, a female's writing it now.' When Kelly Sue DeConnick started on the books, they took on a new thing, and I think that's why, and I think that's important."
Captain Marvel is scheduled for a March 8, 2019 theatrical release.