While earlier today we learned that Inhumans fell off Marvel's schedule, another film still on the release schedule that no one's mentioning is Captain Marvel. The film's initial release date of July 6, 2018 was bumped back to March 8, 2019 when Spidey came home, but there's still no word on a star or director. Now, a massive and specific clue as to the potential star and director of the film has been thrown into the mix, sending the internet into a name game frenzy.
According to Comic Book Movie (link below), The Wrap's Jeff Sneider dropped the hint on the Meet the Movie Press show, and it's a doozy...
“There was a rumour about an actress being up for it; an already existing rumour, that’s not new. I’ve definitely heard there’s some truth to that rumour, and that there’s a director with the same first name who has also been eyed. I don’t think that [an announcement] is too far off. If they can make it to Comic Con, they will.”
Alright, so that gives us a few possibilities to mull. First and foremost, it eliminates at least two potential actresses from the fray—Charlize Theron and Brie Larson—as their names are not shared by any director, provided it's not a first timer behind the camera. As CBM points out, the most intriguing possibility is Emily Blunt as Carol Danvers, but there are very few directors who share her name...
She seems the obvious choice, having twice before flirted with Marvel Studios for the role of Black Widow—which she had to abandon due to shooting on Gulliver's Travels going over schedule, yikes!—and Peggy Carter, which she flat out turned down. Marvel wants her in some capacity, that much is obvious, but there are only two directors named Emily that could potentially helm the film, and neither of them have directed anything you've seen...
Emily Ting just made her feature directorial debut last year with the two-hander Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong. Now, Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jon Watts had only made small indie flicks before signing to Marvel so she is a possibility, though the stronger possibility named Emily seems to be another Brit, Emily Young. Young has two, much higher profile films to her name—Kiss of Life and the Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring Veronika Decides to Die. Who knows?
After stealing damn near every second of last summer's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Ferguson is hotly in demand, and would be a major get for Marvel. While Electrick Children helmer Rebecca Thomas might seem like an obvious choice, she's already committed to make the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with Chloë Grace Moretz. What about Rebecca Miller? Daniel Day Lewis' wife is a hell of a director and a great choice to direct this film.
Alright, let's work backwards from a director this time. There's likely no chance the Oscar-winning director would sign on for a Marvel movie, but assuming she's the director, who would the star be? Katherine Heigl? Katherine Waterston? Kathryn Hahn? All intriguing choices, but none of which seem all that likely. It's the same reason I abandoned the Julie Taymor theory, because who would be Carol Danvers in that equation? Julie Benz? Julie Delpy? Not likely.
Natalie Dormer's name is bandied about a lot for the role, and awesome fan art like you see above shows how at home she looks in the role. She's been in a Marvel movie before, briefly, but that can likely be overlooked. The other problem is finding a director named Natalie. What about Natalie Portman? Portman just made her feature directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness, and has already announced that she's not coming back for Thor: Ragnarok. What better way to welcome her back to the Marvel family?
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Via Comic Book Movie