Over the next three years, Marvel Studios has nine films announced. In addition to those nine films, Marvel has also staked claim in more release dates up till 2020. For the movies that have been officially announced, only Captain Marvel currently sits without a director. With three other dates set for mystery films and Marvel showing no plans of slowing down, there will be plenty of other directors that will eventually come to join the MCU. During the past eight years of the MCU, a fair amount of directors have made a name for themselves working with the biggest franchise in Hollywood. At the same time, there has been more than a fair share of directors that have missed out.
Directors such as Edgar Wright and Patty Jenkins both ended up leaving Marvel projects because of the oversight that Marvel Studios mandates on their projects. After all, this is their universe and they can’t afford to have a misstep that could set it off course. Even Joss Whedon expressed how he had a lack of control during Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it could be stories like these that keep other directors away from the MCU. In a recent set report from Don’t Breathe, director Fede Alvarez told ScreenRant that he was once considered for a Marvel movie, but wanted more freedom to create his own vision.
No. Look. A lot of those movies are cool and audiences are going and watching them. It’s just as a director it’s harder to have your vision in those, if you go and do a Marvel movie… At some point we were in conversations and… they already figured it out. They’ve figured out the style. They’ve figured out the way they shoot them. They’ve figured out the colors, the humor. What would I do? I enjoy a lot more freedom than that. I don’t know. Eventually I might. And it depends on probably the characters in the stories. But just something about my job as a director that I really enjoy is creating my own thing. It’s trying to do my own style when I shoot it and set the tone myself… Evil Dead was a challenge in that aspect.
If I had to guess, I would think Marvel likely approached him for Doctor Strange. Just like Scott Derrickson, who is directing the film, Alvarez comes from a horror background and could bring some scares to the upcoming property. There was even a rumor regarding this possibility prior to Derrickson accepting the job. He clearly states that he would consider it for the right character, and with a number of possibilities still to come, Marvel could come back to Alvarez in the future. Let us know what movie you would want to see Alvarez direct in the comments below!