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Marvel’s search for a ‘Captain Marvel’ director is down to three names.

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We’ve known for a while now that Brie Larson has been cast as Captain Marvel in what will be Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie, but the studio has struggled with finding a director. That struggle isn’t quite over yet, but it’s getting there. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the shortlist is down to three names: Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria.

Caro’s name has been in the mix for a while. She directed the (very good) Whale Rider and the (pretty good) North Country. Most of Linka Glatter’s work has been in television, but when your directing work includes Mad Men and Homeland, don’t be surprised if Marvel comes calling. Scafaria’s only notable cinematic directorial credit is Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which doesn’t scream superhero material, but she also had a writing credit on Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.

Conspicuously absent from the shortlist? Jennifer Kent, who was widely rumored to be the frontrunner for the job after directing 2014’s excellent The Babadook. One other point of interest: After Hollywood Reporter leaked the list, Variety staffer Justin Kroll tweeted that the list was incomplete — though he refused to elaborate.

Marvel’s process of working with directors has been famously fraught with drama in Hollywood. Joss Whedon has made it pretty clear that directing Avengers: Age of Ultron was a huge headache, and Ant-Man director Edgar Wright basically stormed off in a huff before being replaced by the more agreeable Peyton Reed. It’s clear that when Marvel selects directors, they’re not only looking for someone with vision and talent, but someone who can balance the monumental task of fitting a film into an ever expanding, occasionally convoluted universe.

Almost every reporter involved seems pretty certain that Marvel won’t reach its final decision anytime soon. Guess that gives Larson plenty of time to catch up on her research.

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