There have been a total of 19 Marvel movies made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and every single one of them have been directed by men – but that’s about to change.
That’s according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige who has promised that future films will see female directors at the helm.
Speaking at the PGA Produced By Conference (via Deadline), Feige answered an audience member’s question who wanted to know what the future would hold for non-male directors.
“I cannot promise that (the next) 20 Marvel movies will have female directors but a heck of a lot of them will,” he confirmed.
Captain Marvel will be the first movie in the MCU to be directed by a female director, Ann Bowden, but she will be sharing directing duties with her long-time collaborator Ryan Fleck.
The pair earned acclaim for their Oscar-nominated film Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling, and Feige has previously explained why he chose them to bring Carol Danvers’ story to life.
“We met with lots and lots of people as we always do, and had multiple meetings, and Anna and Ryan just had an amazing way of talking about Carol Danvers and talking about her journey,” Feige told Fandango.
“We want filmmakers that can help us focus on and elevate the character journey so it doesn’t get lost amongst the spectacle. And there’s going to be a lot of spectacle in the Captain Marvel film.”
Back in April, Marvel producer Victoria Alonso said they were hoping to have half and half male and female directors for their movies.
“Here’s the thing: We want the best person for the job,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t think it’s fair to the movie to say, ‘This has to be directed by a man,’ or ‘That has to be directed by a woman.’
“I think it has to be a conscious search for the best human — and hopefully, the best human, as we continue to fill out our slate, is half and half.”