– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Lesli Link Glatter, Niki Caro, Lorene Scafaria

Lesli Link Glatter, Niki Caro, Lorene Scafaria

A few weeks back, it was confirmed that Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson was cast as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel film…Captain Marvel. The film is still a solid three years away, so the studio has plenty of time between now and then, but the character is likely to show up in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, a good year or so before her own standalone film.

As such, it makes sense that Marvel Studios would be hard at work looking for someone to helm Captain Marvel. Given that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had a hand in the introduction of the character in Captain America: Civil War so that the character would have consistency between films, it’s a no-brainer that Marvel would want to do the same thing with Captain Marvel.

So who’s up to direct Marvel’s first female-led solo film? According to THR, we have three candidates they’ve narrowed their search down to: Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria. Let’s break these directors down one by one, shall we? 

Niki Caro is perhaps best known for her work as director of the 2002 New Zealand-Germany film, Whale Rider, which was roundly praised for its deft storytelling. It’s also worth noting that she served as the sole writer of that film project — with the exception of the author of the source material, of course, though that author had no hand in the script itself). She also directed the cross country film McFarland, USA, which was also praised by critics. This was a movie that was produced by Disney, and as such, it’s proof that she already has pretty positive experience working within the Disney machine.

Lesli Linka Glatter is the true veteran of the group. She has a huge breath of TV experience working on such shows as Homeland, Ray Donovan, The Leftovers, Masters of Sex, Pretty Little Liars, Lie to Me, The Newsroom, and even Twin Peaks. Due to the fact that most of her work is largely TV, it’s hard to tell what time of storytelling flair she’ll add to the project, but in the Marvel machine, she’ll definitely be a safe choice, as she’s more than proven she can get work done, and get it done well.

Lorene Scafaria is the relative newbie of the group. Her main claim to fame on the film front is 2012’s Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, which had an intriguing premise, but a lukewarm response from both general moviegoers and critics. She’s also worked on a few episodes on the Fox sitcom New Girl, so like Glatter, she’s proven she can work in a giant TV-esque machine, and not just in a film bubble.

All in all, based on what I’ve seen from these three, I may be more inclined to go with Caro, as she’s proven her ability in nuanced storytelling — even in genres that are usually hamstrung by tropes. The safe choice, if Marvel is looking for a guaranteed solid execution, however, may likely be Glatter, who has a wealth of experience in TV doing just that.

But what do you think? Do any of these filmmakers stand out to you to direct Captain Marvel? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019. 

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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.