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It looks like Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers could be following in the footsteps of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang by taking a trip to the Quantum Realm first introduced in 2015’s Ant-Man when Scott goes sub-atomic during the climactic battle with Yellowjacket.
“There are different ways that some of these ideas appear on-screen in a few years,” quantum physicist Dr. Spiros Michalakis – who worked with Marvel to help create the concept of the Quantum Realm – tells Inverse. “Not just for Ant-Man, but also for Captain Marvel and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
It has already been revealed that Captain Marvel will revamp Carol Danvers’ origin story in order to avoid any Green Lantern comparisons, so could the Quantum Realm be the source of Carol’s powers, as opposed to acquiring her abilities from the Kree warrior Mar-Vell?
- Gary Collinson
We’re just a week away from the release of the DC Extended Universe blockbuster Wonder Woman, which sees director Patty Jenkins becoming the first female filmmaker to helm a movie with a budget in excess of $100 million. However, Jenkins could have taken that honour back in 2013, had she not chosen to depart Marvel Studios’ own superhero project Thor: The Dark World.
Speaking to Uproxx, Jenkins revealed why she decided to step away from the Marvel sequel:
“I don’t think I could have made a good movie out of Thor 2 because I wasn’t the right director,” said Jenkins. “And I don’t think I would have been in the running for Wonder Woman as a result. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad I didn’t do it. Because I could have made a great Thor if I could have done the story that I was wanting to do. »
- Amie Cranswick
Captain Marvel, the upcoming Marvel movie starring Brie Larson, is about to get a tie into Marvel's Ant-Man. It has been relatively quiet on the Captain Marvel news front lately. We are not sure what the major plot points are going to be and we definitively don't know how Carol Danvers will obtain her superpowers in the movie, which is understandable because the movie is still a year half from being officially released. But we do know that production is expected to start sometime in February of 2018 and that it will be an origin story that differs from the original comics. We now also know that Captain Marvel will be linked to Ant-Man through the Quantum Realm.
Dr. Spiros Michalakis is a quantum physicist at the California Institute of Technology and he recently sat down for an interview with Inverse to discuss his role in working with Marvel Comics as a consult on Ant-Man. »
Gina Prince-Bythewood: BFI/YouTube
Gina Prince-Bythewood is getting a superhero movie. Variety reports that the “Secret Life of Bees” writer-director has signed to to helm “Silver Sable and Black Cat.” She’ll also rewrite the script of the Marvel project, set to be produced by Amy Pascal (“Ghostbusters”) and Matt Tolmach (“The Amazing Spider-Man”).
“In the comic books, Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. Black Cat is burglar named Felicia Hardy, who briefly appeared in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ played by Felicity Jones,” Variety summarizes. “While both characters exist in Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man’ universe, Prince-Bythewood’s film will not be a crossover with the web-slinger.”
While the genre is still overwhelmingly dominated by men, it’s great to hear word of another big-budget female-centric comic book adaptation with a woman behind the camera. Patty Jenkins’ long-awaited “Wonder Woman” opens next week, and “Captain Marvel,” toplined by Brie Larson and co-directed by Anna Boden, is scheduled for release March 8, 2019.
Fortunately we won’t have to wait very long for “Silver Sable and Black Cat.” No word on casting just yet.
With this project, Prince-Bythewood is likely to become the second woman of color to helm a film with a budget over $100 million. “Selma” director Ava DuVernay made herstory as the first with Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” set to bow March 9, 2018. The only live-action women-directed film that’s been released with a budget in this range — so far — is Kathryn Bigelow’s “K-19: The Widowmaker,” which opened in 2002. Upcoming films helmed by women with budgets in the $100 million-plus range are of course “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel” as well as Niki Caro’s “Mulan.”
We don’t have confirmation that “Silver Sable and Black Cat” will have a budget over $100 million, but given the budgets of past super hero movies, we’d be surprised if it didn’t.
DuVernay has described Hollywood as “a patriarchy, headed by men and built for men. To pretend like Hollywood is anything other than that is disingenuous,” she observed. “#OscarsSoWhite is trendy, but for women filmmakers and filmmakers of color, it’s not a trend. This is our reality, and it’s important that we do something to change it. We have to find new ways to work without permission, new ways to turn corners and go through doors that are closed off to us to create our own audiences and our own material independently.”
Hollywood is in serious need of a makeover, and trailblazers like DuVernay and Prince-Bythewood are paving the way.
Gina Prince-Bythewood to Direct Marvel’s “Silver Sable and Black Cat” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Say what you will about DC Films, but at least in the ongoing rivalry with Marvel, they’re the first of the two studios to have a woman directing one of their tentpole projects (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will helm “Captain Marvel,” which opens in 2019). Patty Jenkins is the filmmaker behind DC’s “Wonder Woman;” however, had things gone differently she would’ve been the director of Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” She was the first one to board the project, but eventually exited over “creative differences,” with Alan Taylor replacing her (and he would go on to detail the “wrenching” experience of making the movie).
- Kevin Jagernauth
As Warner Bros. and their DC Extended Universe prepare to bow their first female filmmaker-helmed superhero feature with next week’s “Wonder Woman,” Sony Pictures appears to be getting similarly hip to the possibilities of picking genuinely diverse and compelling directors to helm their franchise properties.
Deadline reports that Sony is setting filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct their “Silver & Black” — based on the Marvel characters Silver Sable and Black Cat — making her the first African-American woman to direct a studio-produced superhero film. Prince-Bythewood doesn’t just have the chops, thanks to her consistently stellar feature work on films like “Beyond the Lights,” “Love & Basketball,” and “The Secret Life of Bees” (all of which she wrote and directed), but she’s also got some hard-won superhero experience, having just directed the pilot for Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger” Freeform series.
- Kate Erbland
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded its reach in recent years. Most notably, Doctor Strange explored the different dimensions and planes of existence that are out there. Ant-Man kicked it all off, though, as it introduced the Quantum Realm. Known as the Microverse in the comics, the Quantum Realm is the sub-atomic dimension that Scott Lang visits when he shrinks down to a dangerous level. It’s also where Janet Van Dyme, the original Wasp, is trapped. Given that, the dimension is thought to return in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
While we’re still waiting for confirmation on that, it’s now been revealed that the Quantum Realm will reappear in another upcoming McU movie. Namely, Captain Marvel. The news comes from quantum physicist Dr. Spiros Michalakis, who’s worked with Marvel Studios in an advisory capacity. In an interview with Inverse, Michalakis hinted that the exploration of the Quantum »
- Christian Bone
Marvel Studios isn’t exactly the most predictable one in terms of the talent they choose. Sure, once a franchise has been set, we’re inclined to pick and pull from their director roster and slip them into others (i.e., The Russo Brothers), but when it comes to brand new franchises, we can’t say we’ve been able to call their choices ahead of time.
Take a look at a studio like Warner Bros. Unlike Marvel, they tend to go by name and influence: Zack Snyder, David Ayer, James Wan, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves, Joss Whedon. With the exception of Patty Jenkins (whose filmography consists of Monster and various TV shows), they have some pretty big, well established directors. Conversely, if you look at the talent Marvel Studios brought on board starting with Phase 2 — Alan Taylor, Peyton Reed, The Russo Brothers, James Gunn — they were virtually unknown to the masses, »
- Joseph Medina
Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release. »
Mark your calendars: release dates for the Charlize Theron-toplined “Tully” and the Brie Larson-starrer “The Glass Castle” have been announced. Variety writes that “Glass Castle,” an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir, will hit theaters August 11. “Tully,” Theron’s second collaboration with writing-directing team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, will bow April 20, 2018, Deadline reports.
Shot in West Virginia, “The Glass Castle” revolves around the dysfunctional Walls family as they face poverty, addiction, mental health issues, and skirmishes with the law. Larson portrays Jeannette Walls as an adult, while Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson (“Hunger Games” franchise) play her parents, Rose Mary and Rex. “Glass Castle” also stars Sarah Snook (“The Dressmaker”), Ella Anderson (“The Boss”), and Max Greenfield (“New Girl”).
The comedic drama sees Larson reuniting with her “Short Term 12” director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who wrote the script with Andrew Lanham. IMDb also lists “UnREAL’s” Marti Noxon as a screenwriter. Noxon wrote a previous draft of the script when Jennifer Lawrence was attached to the project, but it’s unclear how much of a role Noxon played once Lanham came on board.
Lionsgate will release “The Glass Castle” on August 11, a weekend that in recent years has been dominated by Meryl Streep. Films like “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “The Giver,” “Hope Springs,” and “Julie & Julia” all had early August openings, and Streep eventually received Oscar nods for “Florence” and “Julie & Julia.” An August 11 premiere could mean good things for Larson come awards season.
Meanwhile, “Tully” centers on Marlo (Theron), a mother of three, and her night nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis, “Halt and Catch Fire”). “Hesitant to the extravagance at first,” Deadline details, “Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny.”
Theron last collaborated with “Tully” screenwriter Cody and director Reitman on 2011’s “Young Adult,” a dark comedy about an emotionally-stunted woman in her 30s (Theron) who decides to win back her high school sweetheart.
You can next catch Theron in “Atomic Blonde,” in theaters July 28. The Oscar winner plays Lorraine Broughton, an undercover MI6 agent working in Berlin during the Cold War. The action-thriller is based on “The Coldest City,” a graphic novel by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart.
Larson can currently be seen in theaters in the action pics “Free Fire” and “Kong: Skull Island.” The “Room” actress’ directorial debut, “Unicorn Store” is currently in post-production, but a release date hasn’t been announced just yet. The Oscar winner will star as Carol Danvers in 2019’s “Captain Marvel,”which will be helmed by “Half Nelson’s” Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Charlize Theron’s “Tully” and Brie Larson’s “The Glass Castle” Receive Release Dates was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
“Short Term 12” director Destin Daniel Cretton helmed the movie about a successful young woman who was raised by dysfunctional and nonconformist parents — an eccentric mother and alcoholic father who would stir their children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Larson’s character’s world gets turned upside down when her parents move to New York to live near her.
- Dave McNary
I think it's safe to say that a lot of people were taken aback when it was announced that indie directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were named as the helmers of Marvel's first stand-alone superheroine film, Captain Marvel. It's a bit of an odd choice, particularly when you consider that, in the past, Boden and Fleck have worked primarily on modestly-budgeted projects like... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Captain Marvel will be Marvel Studios' first big-screen, solo outing for a female superhero, seeing release between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, on March 8, 2019. The popular character will be played by Brie Larson, who this year appeared in both Kong: Skull Island and Free Fire. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has previously stated that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so her role in Avengers 4 and the overall McU going forward will be an incredibly important one.
Marvel Studios recently hired Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel. The pair have never directed a blockbuster, but are best known for their films Half Nelson and It's Kind of a Funny Story. They've also helmed TV episodes of Looking and The Affair. So why did Feige choose this pair to direct such an important film for the studio? Feige discussed the »
- Nick Doll
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Animated Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, X-Men: The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Logan, Deadpool, Gifted, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Booster Gold, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Powerless, Titans, Young Justice, The Tick and more…
The first McU release of 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, began its roll out around the world this past Thursday, with the James Gunn-directed sequel said to be tracking a $100 million international opening before it makes its way Stateside on Friday. Here’s an excerpt from Luke Owen’s review for Flickering Myth: “It is nearly impossible to hate Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Seriously. If you don’t like this movie or at »
- Gary Collinson
We’re not amused, either, Elsa. “Frozen”: Disney
Disney has unveiled the premiere dates for its upcoming films from next Friday’s “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” through the end of 2021. Per Variety, none of the remaining 2017 films are women-helmed. And only five women are booked to direct Disney movies (or its Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm properties) over the next four years: Ava DuVernay, Niki Caro, Anna Boden, Jennifer Lee, and Meg LeFauve. It’s discouraging, to say the least.
There are a few silver linings, however. Out in 2018, DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is the first $100 million film to be directed by a black woman. Marvel’s “The Black Panther” was originally offered to DuVernay, but she passed. Instead, “Fruitvale Station’s” Ryan Coogler, an outspoken advocate for women directors, took the reins. Also, women take center stage onscreen in movies like “The Last Jedi” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Three films from male directors — “Cars 3,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” and “Toy Story 4” — boast female co-writers. And many films do not have attached or announced directors yet. We’re giving Disney the benefit of the doubt and remain cautiously optimistic that at least a few more women will be hired.
Below is our breakdown of Disney’s release schedule, year by year. Women-directed and co-directed films are bolded and films with unknown directors are marked with an asterisk (*). Lists adapted from Variety.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”— May 5
“Thor: Ragnarok” — November 3
“Coco” — November 22
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — December 15
Number of women-directed films: 0/6 films with known directors
Number of films with unknown director: Zero
“Black Panther ”— February 16
“A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ava Duvernay — March 9
“Magic Camp” — April 6
“Avengers: Infinity War”— May 4
“The Incredibles 2” — June 15
“Ant-Man and the Wasp ”— July 6
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — August 3*
Mary Poppins Returns — December 25
Number of women-directed films: 2/10 (20%) films with known directors
Number of films with unknown director: 1
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — March 29*
Untitled Disneytoon Studios — April 12*
Untitled Avengers — May 3
“Star Wars: Episode IX” — May 24
The Lion King (Live Action) — July 19
Untitled Disney Live Action — August 9 Unknown*
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — November 8*
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — December 20*
Number of women-directed films: 2/6 (33%) films with known directors
Number of films with unknown director: 5
Untitled Pixar Animation — March 13*
Untitled Disney Live Action — April 3*
Untitled Marvel — May 1*
Untitled Pixar Animation — June 19*
Untitled Indiana Jones — July 10
Untitled Marvel — August 7*
Untitled Marvel — November 6*
Number of women-directed films: 1/2 (50%) films with known directors
Number of films with unknown director: 6
Finally, there are three untitled projects slated for 2021, none of which have attached directors. Overall, women directors represent about 20 percent of the Disney films with attached directors. It’s a respectable number, but we expect more from the studio that brought us Moana, Mulan, and the “Frozen” sisters.
Only Five of Disney’s Slated Films Through 2021 Are Directed by Women was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Thirty-nine years after Richard Donner’s “Superman,” 28 after Tim Burton’s “Batman,” 17 after Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” and nearly 10 after “Iron Man,” it’s completely insane that we’re only just getting the first female director of a superhero movie. There are literally dozens of women who are equally as talented and qualified, if not much more so, than the likes of David Ayer, Alan Taylor, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Brett Ratner, Louis Leterrier or Jon Watts, to name but a few, and yet it’s only early next month that that particular glass window will finally shatter with the release of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”
Even then, it’s pretty infuriating that female directors, like Jenkins or “Captain Marvel” co-director Anna Boden, are so far seemingly restricted to female-led superhero properties (and even then, not all of them: Ayer will direct “Gotham City Sirens,” for instance), but if “Wonder Woman” proves a success, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
During last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson would be starring as Captain Marvel, which many had suspected for months. It was just recently announced that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will officially direct the new McU film. Captain Marvel will be McU's first female lead superhero movie and that comes with a lot of pressure for all involved.
The pressure of taking that leading role was not lost on Brie Larson. This is a big jump for anybody's career with a multi-film deal that will have the actress playing Captain Marvel across McU films for the foreseeable future. Vanity Fair recently sat down to talk with Larson about her decision to join the Marvel Universe. And she wasn't so sure at first that this was the right fit.
"It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think »
With development heating up for Marvel Studios Captain Marvel, following the recent hiring of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in the directors chairs, actress Brie Larson is busy prepping for the anticipated role.
In a lengthy interview with Vanity Fair, Larson spoke about why she decided to take on the role and said the main reason was to inspire young women and female fans in a genre that is lacking in female superheroes making it to the big screen on their own, but is slowly starting to change (Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
“It took me a really long time,” Larson said to Vf. “I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, »
- Ricky Church
Brie Larson is attached to the title role, the origin story is in place, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have signed on to direct – all that’s left now is for Captain Marvel to begin filming in the early stages of 2018.
It’s taken an awful long time – too long, perhaps – but Marvel is finally ready to unleash its first standalone superhero movie headed up by a woman. And they’ve arguably selected the perfect actress for the gig. Brie Larson broke on to Hollywood’s scene with a fierce, yet beautifully vulnerable performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room – a performance that bagged Larson the Academy Award in 2016, among many other prestigious accolades – and the actress has since gained a foothold in the realm of high-profile actioners thanks to Kong: Skull Island and, to a lesser degree, Ben Wheatley’s old-school Free Fire.
But as Brie Larson reveals to »
- Michael Briers
This weekend, veteran producer Denise Di Novi saw her directorial debut, Warner Bros.’ “Unforgettable,” make an underwhelming box-office debut with an estimated $4.8 million for the weekend. For most women, that would be the kiss of death: Very few women get the chance to direct studio films, and underperformance means there won’t be an encore. That won’t be the case for Di Novi.
Di Novi is like very few women in Hollywood. She’s an unapologetic product of the studios: After 20 years, she still has a rare overall deal at Warner Bros, where she was Tim Burton’s longtime producer (“Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” his “Batman” films) as well as the shepherd to romantic hits like “Nights of Rodanthe” and Nicholas Sparks’ “A Night to Remember.” And, »
- Anne Thompson
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