Update: Lorene Scafaria is now following both the Marvel and Marvel Studios Twitter accounts, so there’s a little more fuel to that fire. Thanks to one of our readers for the heads up. I took a screenshot just in case anything changes as fans react to this news. Scafaria was already (and still is) being followed by Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman and Marvel Studios Senior Vice President of Production and Development Jeremy Latcham. The original story, published yesterday, can be found below.
It’s been a couple weeks since reports narrowed the list of potential Captain Marvel directors to four — Niki Caro (McFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Meddler), and Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children). There has been no reported update and as far as we know, all four are still in the process of presenting their vision of the film to Marvel Studios based on the studio’s treatment. Social media, however, is generating some speculation as to which candidates are inching closer to the job.
Omega Underground noted the Twitter activity of Rebecca Thomas. She recently followed the official Twitter account for Marvel Entertainment (but not Marvel Studios) and the account of Jeff Sneider, the Mashable reporter who broke the news that Thomas was on the Captain Marvel short list. Thomas has also been retweeting those who’ve expressed support for her getting the job.
— Antonio Macia (@AntonioMacia) September 1, 2016
@beccalouthomas Omg. You’d perfectly complete the @capainmarvel dream team.
— Captain Marvel News✨ (@CaptMarvelNews) September 6, 2016
Thomas is not the only one with social media connections to the job. Another contender, Lorene Scafaria, is not commenting publicly, as she’s busy promoting the VOD release of her current film, The Meddler, but she is being followed by some key Marvel Studios names. Nicole Perlman, one of the writers on Captain Marvel, and Jeremy Latcham, Marvel Studios senior vice president of production and development (and an executive producer on several Marvel films), both follow Scafaria.
Niki Caro isn’t on Twitter while Lesli Linka Glatter is being followed by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Bennet.
What do these social media connections tell us about where each director stands in the race for Captain Marvel? Perhaps nothing. Thomas might just be showing Marvel some love while trying to get the job and digging the enthusiasm shown by her supporters. Perlman and Latcham might just be fans of Scafaria’s non-Marvel work.
There is, however, a recent example of a director’s social media activity pointing to a job he actually got. Rick Famuyiwa was busy following a bunch of DC-related accounts in the days before he was announced as the new director of The Flash. That example, along with Brie Larson following Perlman and Captain Marvel co-writer Meg LeFauve right before Larson was announced as the star of the film at Comic-Con, is giving fans hope that a directorial decision is near.
Captain Marvel is due in theaters March 8, 2019. That’s a ways off, so it could still be some time before a director is announced. Stay tuned to Marvel Studios News for updates.