Actress Olivia Wilde isn’t just an actress anymore – she proved her directing chops with Booksmart and now she has the Marvel Cinematic Universe in her cross-hairs. Wilde is being praised for her visionary directing style in her coming-of-age story starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein (in fact, All Things Reel is calling Booksmart a masterpiece) and in a recent interview with MTV International Wilde said she would love to direct a Marvel movie if given the opportunity.
Well Marvel, we’re saying: Give her the opportunity! Marvel has been making huge strides in diversifying the directing chair, with Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Ana Boden (Captain Marvel) directing two of the largest MCU movies out there. On their upcoming slate, Black Widow and The Eternals are both being helmed by women – Cate Shortland and Chloe Zhao, respectively. Furthermore, Marvel is no stranger in taking risks on hiring relatively unknown indie directors with huge return – Joe and Anthony Russo (Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War, and Endgame) had previously worked on television and a couple of comedy’s, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) was successful in New Zealand and had directed an Oscar nominated short film but had yet to make it big in Hollywood, and James Gunn directed a few extremely crude films before propelling Guardians of the Galaxy into galactic success. It only seems fitting that Olivia Wilde be one of the next small time directors for Marvel to work with to make a billion dollar film.
But what properties could Olivie Wilde adapt for Marvel? We don’t know much about what’s in store for the future of the MCU, but here are three Marvel properties we would love to see Olivia Wilde helm.
3. Young Avengers
Marvel has been hinting at building a Young Avengers team for ages. They’ve (sort of) introduced quite a few members already; Cassie Lang (Ant-Man’s daughter) adopts the alias of Stature (with shrinking and growth powers), Hawkeye was seen teaching his teenage daughter to shoot a bow (leading to speculation she could adopt the mantle in a twist on Kate Bishop’s origin), and many fans have long speculated Ty Simpkins’ Harley Keener may assume the mantle of Iron Lad following his inclusion in Iron Man 3 (where he helps Iron Man get back on his feet and repair his Iron Man suit) and cameo at Tony Stark’s funeral in Avengers: Endgame. Iron Lad’s inclusion would also make sense if the rumors of Kang the Conquerer being the big bad for the future of the MCU are true. MCU head Kevin Fiege has also stated in interviews that he wants to introduce ensemble teams all at once instead of building to them like the Avengers so we could see more members of the lineup being introduced in a Young Avengers film without any hints prior to that moment.
Olivia Wilde is an obvious choice to direct a Young Avengers film. Booksmart is largely an ensemble film and perfectly encompasses teenage angst in an organic way, so it isn’t hard to imagine Wilde could direct a cohort of teenage heroes. It would also be great to see Elizabeth Olsen as a mentor figure in the role of Scarlet Witch (her magically created twins, Wiccan and Speed, have been members of the team); which would also be fitting as Olsen and Wilde are long time friends and Olsen costarred with Wilde’s husband, Jason Sudeikis, in 2018’s Kodachrome.
Valkyrie was tasked with protecting and guiding the remaining Asgardians by Thor at the end of Avengers: Endgame – which certainly opens up the possibility of a marvel film focused on the super heroine. Booksmart held nothing back in exploring LGBTQ+ themes and we’re hopeful that if Olivia Wilde helmmed a Valkyrie stand-alone we might be able to see her bisexuality explored.
With Thor off exploring the galaxy with the Guardians, there are sure to be plenty of story lines on Earth with the Asgardians that the MCU could explore. Tessa Thompson is quickly becoming a big name in Hollywood, starring in MIB: International this summer alongside Chris Hemsworth and Liam Neeson, so it would make sense for Marvel to lock her in and offer her more substantial roles if they don’t want to lose her.
1. Ms. Marvel
Some butthurt Marvel fans have been disappointed in the casting of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and as she is set to take on the leadership of the Avengers, it might make sense to introduce Ms. Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While many have speculated that Kamala Khan might appear in a Captain Marvel sequel, I think she deserves her own film! Kevin Fiege has previously confirmed that Ms. Marvel will eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can’t think of anyone better suited to direct her film than Olivia Wilde.
Kamala Khan was the first Muslim hero introduced in a major comic book publication and her standout series, Ms. Marvel, is a must-read for any comic book fan.
BONUS: Squirrel Girl
Alright let’s be honest: Marvel probably won’t ever do a stand alone film about Squirrel Girl. Which is a shame because she’s a great character (co-created by Spider-Man and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko) and one of the strongest heroes in the Marvel Comics (she single highhandedly defeated Thanos!), but she is also literally a girl with a squirrel tail and that’s probably a hard sell (but we do have a talking tree and a criminal raccoon so I guess anything is possible).
If Marvel did ever make a Squirrel Girl film, Anna Kendricks has been adamantly vying for the role and Olivia Wilde would make the perfect director. Tonally, a Squirrel Girl film could be very similar to Booksmart (minus the R-Rating) and fit in well with the other Marvel comedies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok. We already have talking trees, gun-totting raccoons, Fortnite playing rocks…huh, on second thought maybe a Squirrel Girl film isn’t such a out-there idea…
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