When Marvel had yet to announce the films that would make up Phase 3, along with Black Panther and Doctor Strange, the character that was an absolute no-brainer to get her own solo movie was Captain Marvel. Thankfully, Marvel did such a thing and although it has changed dates a few times, we will see Carol Danvers on the big screen no later than early 2019. This will mark the first time for Marvel that they release a film with a female lead, after basically making Scarlett Johansson the co-lead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Marvel has done a great job on the television front representing women with Daisy (Chloe Bennet) leading Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.****, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) leading ***Agent Carter, and Krysten Ritter leading Jessica Jones. Even so, there is still the desire and outcry for a female led superhero film within the MCU. With that said, Marvel is not rushing into making any decisions about who will be playing her. She almost appeared in Age of Ultron, but was probably best she did not and with an actress still not cast it makes it quite difficult for her to make her debut.

Kevin Feige has stated that we could get a director announced soon but a longer wait is in store to find out the leading lady. It may come sooner than it sounds however. On the latest episode of Meet The Movie Press, host and reporter for The Wrap, Jeff Sneider, teased us with the information he is on the hunt for. He said the following about who could be in front of and behind the camera.

There was a rumor about an actress being up for it, okay, an already existing rumor that’s not new. I’ve definitely heard there’s some truth to that rumor and that there’s a director with the same first name who has also been eyed.

The likes of Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Katee Sackhoff, Katheryn Winnick, Rebecca Ferguson, Yvonne Strahovski, and more have been rumored for the part but finding a director/lead combo with the same name is a tough task. The only combo that I can come up with is Kathryn Bigelow and as previously mentioned Katheryn Winnick. Their names are spelled slightly different, but it would make for an interesting pair. Another – more likely – possibility? Rebecca Thomas and Rebecca Ferguson.

As to when we can expect an announcement, that could depend. Every person with a source close to Marvel will be trying to break this scoop, but if no one succeeds it may be in none other than Hall H at San Diego Comic Con according to Sneider.

If they can make it till Comic Con, they will.

Personally, I want them to announce the casting ASAP but only if we get to see her before 2019. Otherwise, waiting three years to see whatever actress is cast (my favorites are Blunt and Theron for the record) will be unbearable.

Captain Marvel is scheduled to hit theaters March 8, 2019.

Source: Meet The Movie Press.