In recent months, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has talked about the studio's desire to include more diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward, both behind and in front of the camera. One way the studio hopes to achieve this is by hiring more female directors for films going forward. Judging by Feige's latest comments, it would appear those hirings could be coming sooner rather than later.
While making the press rounds ahead of the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Feige sat down with the folks at GameSpot to discuss the future of the MCU, including Feige's comments regarding hiring more female directors. Despite the MCU's massive success over the course of ten years (and 19 films) the franchise has also seen its fair share of failures. The two biggest, of course, being the lack of a female-led film and the lack of female directors at the helm of any of its features.
That, of course, will finally change with 2019's Captain Marvel, which will be co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. However, it's only what looks to be the beginning of what's to come, as Feige promises more "announcements" regarding female directors are on the way -- though he doesn't necessarily specify as to when those announcements will come.
"We've got announcements that we'll be making at some point revealing that," Feige said.
Although details surrounding the future of the MCU remain sparse beyond Avengers 4, we do know that the studio is currently developing both The Eternals and Black Widow for what appears to be Phase 4. While the former is still in the early stages, having only recently secured a writing team to pen the screenplay, Marvel is homing in on a director for the latter.
Of course, while Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce that the film is happening, multiple trades have begun circulating a list of impressive talents that have met with Feige for the gig. So, it's safe to presume the director announcement for Black Widow is one of the announcements that should be hitting sooner rather than later. As to what else Feige and company have up their sleeves beyond that? That remains to be seen.
For now, fans can catch Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is the first film in the franchise to see a female hero included in the title of an MCU movie. The film stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the heroic duo and is set to hit theaters on July 6.