After twenty movies, Marvel Studios will finally release its first female-helmed film with 2019's Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson in the titular role. However, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige promises the studio will have a "heck of a lot" more female directors on future projects.
Earlier today, Feige took part in 10th annual PGA Produced By Conference where he revealed Ant-Man and the Wasp has officially been completed, and that the Russo brothers are hard at work on post-production of the still untitled Avengers 4. The most interesting comments made by Feige, however, concerned the studio's future well-beyond the fourth Avengers film, which consists of a mainly-mysterious slate, thus far. According to Feige, not only are agencies beginning to send more female directors than males to meet for Marvel films, but there will be plenty of female directors to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Captain Marvel's co-director Anna Boden.
Although still not officially announced by Marvel Studios, we know a Black Widow film is finally happening as the studio hired Jac Schaeffer to pen the script earlier this year. And despite still not having a confirmed release date, Marvel Studios has met with well over fifty directors for the project, including the likes of Deniz Gamze Erguven, Chloe Zhao and Amma Asante. This, of course, would imply the film will ultimately be helmed by a female director. However, Feige's comments would suggest there are plenty more films in development -- beyond Black Widow -- that will be directed by women directors. "I cannot promise that (the next) 20 Marvel movies will have female directors but a heck of a lot of them will," he explained in response to an audience member’s question.
Little is known regarding the MCU's future beyond Avengers 4 at this time. Feige has previously confirmed Marvel Studios had already begun meeting for projects well into 2024 and 2025. As it stands, we know Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 are next for the studio following Avengers 4, with directors Jon Watts and James Gunn confirmed to return behind the cameras. However, films such as The Eternals, which recently secured a pair of writers, and Black Widow are still without directors for the time being leaving both projects open for potential female hires.
Next up for Marvel Studios is Ant-Man and the Wasp starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in the titular roles. The film is slated to hit theaters on July 6.