A well-regarded actress and a breakout director are offering themselves as a package deal to tackle Captain Marvel.
According to Cinemablend, actress Olivia Wilde and director Reed Morano -- who just worked together on a new movie called Meadowland -- got a suggestion on Twitter that they might make a good team to bring Carol Danvers' story to the screen for Marvel Studios. Judging by their response on Twitter, they are up for the job:
@reedmorano Oh hell yea. Let's DO this.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 21, 2015
In addition to the exchanges on Twitter, both Wilde and Morano offered their thoughts to Cinemablend on what they would like to see in a female-driven superhero movie. Wilde first:
I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-ass power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.
Morano said she would definitely be interested in the job, making comments similar to those of Wilde:
The most interesting characters are the ones who have issues and are flawed individuals. It would be nice to give a real history, to give a real, tangible background to this character.
Here's Wilde again:
Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man. A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance. I think that the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws. But I think when they are translated into film, the women can become these ultimate goddesses of perfection and I would love to create a female Marvel character who is just as unexpected and complex as some of the male characters as Iron Man. I think that would be really cool!
To be fair, Marvel has been working toward that goal with Black Widow, adding a lot of depth to Scarlett Johansson's character over the course of the two Avengers movies and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch is just starting out, so hopefully we'll see her develop as well. And let's not forget Jessica Jones, who looks like she is going to be the most complicated and layered Marvel female character to date. Sure, all of these women are certainly easy on the eyes, but no one could accuse Marvel of simply using them as eye candy (at least the ones we've seen) or as "goddesses."
Clearly the next step, however, is a full-blown Marvel movie based around a female lead, and Captain Marvel (which is due out in March 2019) not only fits that bill but will provide the opportunity to create the kind of complex character that Wilde and Morano are talking about.
We have yet to see Meadowland, which just made its festival premiere, so we can't comment on Morano's skills. But Wilde is a strong performer who was a standout in Tron: Legacy and has done exceptional work in dramas like Drinking Buddies and Her, as well as on TV in the long-running House. With Wonder Woman already teaming its female star (Gal Gadot) with a woman behind the camera as well (Patty Jenkins), should Marvel take a look at the Wilde-Morano combo for Captain Marvel?