We’ve been hearing about Marvel’s desire to hire Angelina Jolie (Unbroken) for Captain Marvel for a couple of months, which originated from an article from OK back in February.
A new rumor coming from Collider suggests that Angelina is indeed being courted for Captain Marvel director’s chair, along with Warner Bros’ new interest in her for Wonder Woman since the exit of director Michelle MacLaren.
Marvel just hired two female screenwriters for Captain Marvel with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of The Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), and we’ve been hearing for weeks that the studio was indeed circling female directors for the project. Angelina is currently focusing on passion projects like Africa and it might help her next wave of films if she tackled a large blockbuster like this for a studio with deep pockets.
Collider is trusted blog, but things change and they don’t seem to be confident to which project she’s likely to choose, so be cautious as usual when concerning director rumors.
The difference between the two projects is that Warner Bros. would need to ready to shoot for this Fall (unless they push the production and release dates), while Captain Marvel won’t even shoot until spring-summer 2017 giving Jolie much more time for her other films. Wonder Woman will likely have to undergo major script rewrites after the rumored creative differences with MacLaren and the studio, including the timeline and tiger sidekick. I feel like Captain Marvel would allow her a bit more room creatively to develop a possible franchise for herself.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has closed a deal for Patty Jenkins to direct Woman Woman. Like I said, be cautious about it. This leads us to believe that Jolie is more likely in the mix for Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is set for release on November 2018 while Wonder Woman is penciled-in for June 2017.