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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last week, I covered the latest whispers regarding who Marvel Studios might be considering to helm CAPTAIN MARVEL. Nothing official came of those rumors and, instead, now there’s another name that’s seemingly in the mix. While Emily Carmichael was the last candidate I shared with you, if she’s up for it she’ll be competing against Elizabeth Wood for the job.

According to We Got This Covered, Woodis the latest director to take a secret meeting with Marvel. Best known for her film WHITE GIRL, which made a big splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Wood is a relative newcomer whose work tends to be a little more on the hard-hitting end of the spectrum. WHITE GIRL was a somewhat controversial coming-of-age drama with plenty of sex and drugs. 

This wouldn’t be the first time Marvel Studios has gone to Sundance to recruit a director. Last year they tapped Jon Watts to direct SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING after his film COP CAR premiered at the Utah-based festival. Might Wood be on a similar trajectory?

We shall see.

Regardless of whether or not she gets the job, it’s pretty clear that when it comes to CAPTAIN MARVEL, the studio is looking for a young, fresh female voice. This also calls to mind what they did with BLACK PANTHER, where they hired 29 year old African American filmmaker Ryan Coogler to direct the film about a black superhero, despite his only having directed two features to this point. Similar to Wood and Carmichael, Coogler also tends to write his movies. 

This news shows the continued evolution of Marvel Studios. If you think back to Phase One, they hired some fairly established filmmakers. It was a period of time when they needed to play things safe and craft bonafide hits. Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, Kenneth Branagh, Joe Johnston, and Louis Letterier made up the initial roster of directors. Now, as the studio continues with Phase Three and preps for Phase Four, it’s clear that they’re ready to let some bold, new voices get in on the collaboration.

CAPTAIN MARVEL will premiere in March 8, 2019.

SOURCE: We Got This Covered

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.