Captain Marvel made quite the impression this past weekend at Comic-Con when it was finally confirmed that Room actress Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that we know the actress playing Carol, the next biggest question is who will direct the movie. That has yet to be answered, but now word is out that director Rachel Talalay is possibly being considered to helm the MCU's first female-led solo superhero movie.
Recently a fan asked Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander on Twitter if we might see her direct Captain Marvel. While Alexander said she wasn't on "the list," she did say that Talalay is one of the candidates Marvel is looking at, and said she "couldn't imagine a better director" for the movie. If Marvel still has a list they're working off of, that presumably means that we're not anywhere close to learning who will oversee Carol's solo adventure. Shooting likely won't begin until late next year, so we may have an even longer wait ahead to find out who will lead the charge, but it's still interesting to hear what might be going on behind the scenes.
Rachel Talalay has most recently directed an episode of The Flash (Season 2's "Fast Lane"), four episodes of Doctor Who and an episode of Legends of Tomorrow ("Last Refuge"). She's also directing the Sherlock Season 4 premiere for next year. She already has some experience in the world of superheroes and other fantastical franchises, so making the jump to Captain Marvel would be familiar territory. Her other credits include projects like the Tank Girl movie (another comic book property), Unfabulous, Terminal City, Ally McBeal and plenty of other TV shows.
Aside from Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers, all we know for certain about Captain Marvel is it's being written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve. Carol was originally supposed to be included in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but director Joss Whedon took her out because they didn't want to introduce her already powered up before getting to know who she was. Captain Marvel is the penultimate movie in Marvel's Phase Three, with Avengers: Infinity War Part II concluding the saga. However, Joe and Anthony Russo may have accidentally revealed earlier this year that Carol will debut in Avengers: Infinity War Part I and return for Part II. That has yet to be confirmed, but if true, that still doesn't clear up whether she'll be fully powered by the first Infinity War installment, or if she'll be a regular military officer, and her solo movie will be the origin story. Either way, given Carol's status in the Marvel universe and her passionate fanbase, many are looking forward to seeing her finally brought to life.
Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.