Kevin Feige Talks Captain Marvel Movie, Casting Brie Larson

Marvel Studios president and producer extraordinaire Kevin Feige knows the importance of the Captain Marvel movie, a highly-anticipated film due in part to the character’s popularity and it being Marvel’s first female-led solo film. Speaking with Variety, Feige opened up about finding the right filmmaker.

“Having a female director at the helm to tell the story of a woman who is also our most powerful hero by far is very important to us… If you had the collector cards of the Marvel characters and you could see the power levels, she would be off the charts compared to anyone that we’ve previously introduced in a film.”

Feige also spoke about casting Academy Award winner Brie Larson, which was announced at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con.

“With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films, you need to counter-balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they’re willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft. At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws. Brie is a person you’re going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt.”

The search is still on for a director for the film with a previous report indicating Niki Caro (director of Whale Rider and Walt Disney Pictures’ McFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (primarily a director of television with episodes of The Walking Dead and Homeland under her belt), and Lorene Scafaria (director of The Meddler and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) among those on the short list.

It was also recently reported that Captain Marvel will make her debut in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to begin production in November. Infinity War is scheduled to hit the big screen May 4, 2018, with its sequel following on May 3, 2019. Between those two films, however, is when the solo Captain Marvel film is scheduled to arrive, specifically on March 8, 2019. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) are scripting the feature.