Marvel's Search For A 'Captain Marvel' Director Is Down To Three Names. | Gradient

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


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.

LARSON INDUSTRIES R&D DEPT. ?: @alexandergreenwald

A photo posted by Brie (@brielarson) on

If you enjoy ‘Reactions’, subscribe to our podcast In Case You Missed It.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

Subscribe on iTunes.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.