Marvel Studios works with many great directors, but they should definitely consider these for MCU phase 4.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to usher in MCU phase 4 when it swings into cinemas on July 2, 2019. Many believed Avengers: Endgame would conclude phase 3, yet the Spider-Man sequel’s latest trailer teased some closure for the sacrifice of an iconic Avenger. Tony Stark appears to haunt the narrative, with Peter Parker feeling the pressure to step up like never before.
After helming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jon Watts is returning to direct; yet another interesting filmmaker hired by Marvel Studios to approach blockbuster cinema. He had previously delivered 2014’s Clown and 2015’s Cop Car, which are far smaller films than his superhero debut.
However, the studio has a terrific track record for selecting the right filmmakers for the right job. We’ve had Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson) with Captain Marvel, Taika Waititi (Boy) with Thor: Ragnarok and many more fitting choices. So, who should be given a project for phase 4?
Cooper made waves back in 2009 with his directorial feature-debut, Crazy Heart. After attracting awards buzz for him, Jeff Bridges and others, he took his time with the next feature and delivered Out of the Furnace four years later. He worked with such popular actors as Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson on the film, and it was a pretty solid thriller by all accounts.
Since then, he’s exhibited great progression with the likes of Black Mass, arriving at his greatest achievement so far in 2017; Hostiles. The grand western also starred Bale and saw him achieve his best cast to date, with additions such as Rosamund PIke (Gone Girl) and Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy). It’s definitely the most accomplished of his work and proves the director’s ability to present scope in an intrinsic genre. If given the opportunity, he could shine with a slick MCU vehicle — who knows, he could succeed the Russo’s.
This is certainly the most peculiar pick on the list, but there’s reason here. Much like James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Green comes from a gore and genre background, and not the most conventional. He’s best known for the Hatchet series, which consists of four films – he’s directed three – serving up the slasher sub-genre in brutal and often comedic ways.
The franchise has cultivated an admirable cult following over the years, but he’s also helmed the stripped-back drama film, Frozen; a survival horror far too subdued to conform to his wider work. He has range, but Green appears to be having the most fun when getting the most laughs from his actors, which is a surefire trademark of the MCU. If working with a family-friendly property, it’s likely that Green could pull off something accessible, charming and hilarious.
The MCU takes risks, even with projects as huge as Endgame and Infinity War. By hiring David Mackenzie the studio could very well be taking a risk, but one that would pay off gloriously if he was given authority. Although not apart of the MCU, one of the most notable superhero efforts of recent years was 2017’s Logan. It was gritty, heartfelt, beautiful and very well crafted, and the MCU could definitely work to sculpt something in a similar vein; perhaps a little less bloody.
Mackenzie has directed such drama-thrillers as Hell or High Water and Starred Up, both of which struck a chord with audiences on release. They’re both terrific films and the former displayed great potential for a more ambitious project. Sure, the Netflix-distributed Outlaw King didn’t exactly win everyone over, but if he was given the chance to tackle a superhero flick, he may be able to blow us all away.
Of all the choices offered here, Muschietti is arguably the no-brainer. His 2017 box-office sensation – It – may have been a horror film, but it was one which also balanced an accessible tone, numerous characters and a lot of heart. The film managed to sustain interest for a lengthier runtime thanks to his juggling of these elements, and we suspect his follow-up will be even longer, or rather, more epic.
He appears to work well with adaptation and clearly strives to connect with his source material, as Stephen King himself praised the recent treatment of his novel. Once It: Chapter Two reaches cinemas this September, it’s sure to be a huge success and many doors in Hollywood will be open to its director. Judging from the success of the first instalment, Muschietti would soar working within the MCU, cementing him as a blockbuster maverick of modern cinema.
Vigalondo was a relatively obscure filmmaker until he helmed 2016’s Colossal, the sci-fi comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It was a delightful oddity and a film which really offered something new while still working with kaiju and high-concept ideas that are familiar to us. He’s a director that has always managed to offer his unique spin on things and has been doing just that since his directorial feature-debut, the criminally underrated Timecrimes.
It’s an absolute gem of a time-travel movie, and in wake of Avengers: Endgame we’ve all been pondering which movies which have done the concept justice. The film is full of suspense, ideas and creativity, but something like Colossal proves that he’s also capable of working on projects far bigger, with more comedic elements and character depth. Honestly, we’d be talking about his MCU effort for years…
There you have it! With so many wonderful filmmakers working today it was difficult to narrow it down to five, but these really stand out as the most promising choices.
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