Is This Female Director Up For Captain Marvel?

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Lots of folks have been talking about Captain Marvel recently and a little birdy gave me a tip I couldn’t ignore.

Trying something different today and bringing you the news via a video.

Long story short? Fans think director Emily Carmichael may be getting the Captain Marvel directing gig because 1) She has the same first name as Emily Blunt, 2) co-writer Nicole Perlman recently followed her on Twitter and 3) two weeks ago she allegedly captioned an Instagram photo “on my way to a Disney meeting.”

I know, I know. But it’s an interesting theory. You can check out Carmichael’s work on her website KidCanDrive.com and here’s the Kevin Feige thing I mentioned about female directors for Captain Marvel.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

[UPDATE – May 17th] The Hollywood Reporter posted a story today saying Carmichael will be directing Powerhouse, “a family action package” with a script by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow.

Plot details for Powerhouse are being kept hidden deep in the cellar. However, Amblin, who hired Trevorrow to helm Jurassic World after his indie breakout Safety Not Guaranteed, jumped at the chance to work with another promising filmmaker.

Carmichael demonstrated her artistic versatility by having short stories and essays be part of the best-selling book Ophelia Speaks and created the comic strip Whiz Kids for the Harvard Crimson. But it’s her video game and geek-tinged works such as the animated web series The Adventures of Ledo and Ix and the animated short RPG OKC that got Hollywood’s attention. Her name has even surfaced as a possible contender to direct Marvel’s Captain Marvel.

Emphasis mine.

(art by Kris Anka)

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  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I just hope they don’t push it back again. ^^;

  • Evelyn Starshine

    woo

  • wondercube

    just give me the movie already

  • Ellen Martel

    This would be amazing! RPG OKC, Ledo and Ix, and Hunter and the Swan are all great and you can see the appeal for Marvel. She’s very funny and does sci-fi/fantasy in a way that’s grounded in something human.

    Agree a female-centric movie may be the only way for a female filmmaker to break in. It’s progress but real, real progress will be when Ryan Coogler is doing Planet Hulk and Emily Carmichael is doing Doctor Strange 2.

  • I love it when the obsessive powers of fandom are used for good or at least benign things like piecing together little clues and alleged communiqués scattered about the Internet, all to uncover news that will eventually be freely given to us anyway.

    PEOPLE CARE, GODDAMMIT.

  • teenygozer

    I call foul, there were no cats!!!! I was promised cats!

    While I’m not happy about the condescending attitude that a female-lead film needs a female director, this may be the only way for a woman to break into the Marvel U movies. As a token, but at least she gets the job. I just don’t like the idea that all the male lead movies are now out of reach for female directors because, hey! Male lead!

    • You all really missed out. As I was setting up my one cat was sitting on the back of my chair. Of course he jumped down just before I hit record.

    • Nerdy McNerdface

      I hear you on that, but at the same time I think it’s fair to suggest that it’s specifically important to have the director line up to the character when you’re dealing with an underrepresented group. Kinda like the difference between making a white character black and making a black character white.

  • future warrior space princess

    i am anticipating this more than Wonder Woman. love me some wondy and i’ll certainly be there day one — or week one, at least ;) — but sooo much baggage attached. even with all the fuckery around carol through the decades, KSD’s run on captain marvel kind of obliterates it. (plus maybe we’ll get to see her punch a dinosaur)

  • Stephen “Soup” Strange

    I hope the movie is good. I believe it will be, but I always have hope.

  • SaoirseRonanTheAccuser

    I love her short film, RPG OKC. It’s funny as hell, and genuinely entertaining.