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Now that Brie Larson has been officially announced to play Captain Marvel's lead hero, Carol Danvers, the next nugget of information fans are eager to learn is who will direct the movie. For nearly as long as actresses were rumored to play Captain Marvel, numerous creative minds have been reported as being considered to helm the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first female-led superhero movie. Last week brought three new contenders to the game, but now Rebecca Thomas is being named as a fourth candidate for the job.
Mashable writer Jeff Sneider recently tweeted out that Thomas as the "mystery contender" for Captain Marvel who he hinted at on his web show, Meet the Movie Press, several months ago. That would place her among Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria as the main folks Marvel is looking at to make sure Carol Danvers' adventure is the best it can be. As it stands now, none of these four appear to have an advantage over the other, but there's definitely a fine collection of talent to choose from.
Rebecca Thomas made her feature film debut in 2012 directing and writing Electrick Children, which followed a Mormon teenage girl who believes she's been impregnated after listening to music and heads to Las Vegas so she can find her "miracle baby's" dad. The movie played at the Berlin International Film Festival and the South by Southwest Film Festival that year, and at the latter, it was nominated for an Audience Award. Thomas herself later won the "Directors to Watch" award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her work on Electrick Children. Her upcoming directorial projects include the short film Las Vegas, West and the live action Little Mermaid movie (the Universal one, not the Disney one). She's obviously made an impression over the last several years, so helming Captain Marvel would not only boost her career, but also allow for more people to see her talents.
No plot details have been revealed about Captain Marvel yet, but we already know she's being set up as a major player in the MCU. Along with her solo movie, directors Joe and Anthony Russo may have accidentally revealed that Carol Danvers will appear in Avengers: Infinity War. That doesn't mean she'll have her powers yet, but it will give audiences an earlier opportunity to meet Brie Larnson's iteration of the character. Co-writer Nicole Perlman also said that Carol's origin will be altered in the movie so it doesn't so closely resemble that of DC Comics hero Green Lantern. Beyond that, we'll have to wait and see what's in store for her cinematic escapades.
We'll keep you updated on how Captain Marvel is developing as more information comes in. The movie flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.