Marvel Studios can do very little wrong. Under the stewardship of Kevin Feige, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the envy of all other studios. Feige deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done with the MCU. Even a previous complaint about their films, that the villains were weak, has been rendered far less of an issue lately. Really, the only bugaboo left for the company is that they haven’t really embraced diversity. “Black Panther” was a major step in the right direction, with Ryan Coogler delivering tremendous work. Plus, “Captain Marvel” is the next one to signal a more diverse voice for the company. Still, female directors haven’t been given their shot by the studio. Well, that’s seemingly about to change.
According to Variety, Feige has promised that he’s going to be hiring more female directors. Soon, too. This came at the 10th annual Produced By conference, where the honcho was appearing. Currently, no MCU outing has been helmed by a woman, while the upcoming “Captain Marvel” is only co-directed by Anna Boden, who has a male filmmaking partner in Ryan Fleck. Going forward though, this seems to be a priority for Feige and company. Rightly so too. The more diverse and inclusive the creative voices can be, the better the product will be. As future Phases for their cinematic universe reveal themselves, a new generation of directors should be coming along for the ride.
Here’s some of what Feige had to say, from the piece:
Kevin Feige has pledged that many of the upcoming Marvel films will follow the precedent set by “Captain Marvel” and be directed by a woman.
Feige made the assertion Saturday at the 10th annual Produced By conference on the Paramount lot and noted that Anna Boden is co-directing the upcoming “Captain Marvel,” the 20th Marvel movie and the first with a female director. A questioner had suggested to Feige during the Q&A part of the session that the next 20 Marvel films should be directed by women.
“I cannot promise that all 20 Marvel movies will have female directors but a heck of a lot of them will,” he said, evoking major applause.
Stay tuned to see who gets the honor of being the first female director to helm an MCU outing on her own. It’ll be major news when it happens. If Feige is to be believed, the wait won’t be a long one, either. This is a good thing, however you slice it. It certainly seems like the MCU is about to correct one of their last long standing issues.