Is Marvel Paying Angelina Jolie a Ton of Money to Direct 'Captain Marvel'?

Monday, 09 February 2015 11:00 Written by  iamrogue
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Is Marvel Paying Angelina Jolie a Ton of Money to Direct 'Captain Marvel'?

All right, head to the kitchen and grab the biggest grain of salt you can find, because there's a humdinger of a Marvel rumor making the rounds.

The rumor: Marvel Studios is talking to Angelina Jolie about directing Captain Marvel, offering her a queen's ransom to helm the studio's first female-driven superhero movie.

Jolie made her feature directorial debut with 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey and upped her directing game for last year's Unbroken, a bit of biographical awards bait that failed to bait many awards.  She's already in post-production on next year's By the Sea, in which she directs herself and Brad Pitt for the first time.

So directing clearly isn't just a lark for the A-list actress, but will she go from wartime chronicles and heavy dramas to a comic book blockbuster? According to OK! Magazine, Marvel is courting Jolie to direct Captain Marvel, and is willing to pay her $20 million to do so.

Remember the grain of salt.  There are a lot of reasons to be wary of this rumor, not the least of which is its tabloid source.  Then there's the fact that Marvel's notoriously thrifty, particularly when it comes to behind the scenes talent.  $20 million basically doubles the paycheck of your average top-tier director like, say, Ridley Scott.  Then there's Marvel's pattern so far: the studio has made hay hiring less well-known, less obvious directors for big properties, from Joss Whedon to the Russo Brothers to James Gunn.

But let's think about the other side, as well.  Let's play along for a minute.  If Marvel's trying to convince Jolie to both direct and star as Captain Marvel, then that whopping $20 million figure makes a lot more sense.  And attaching a name like Jolie to direct and/or star makes sense for Captain Marvel because she's not a hugely well-known character.  If the shot-callers at Marvel are worried about getting butts in seats, Jolie's a big enough name to pretty much ensure that crowds turn up.

Then again, Marvel just had one of its biggest hits with Guardians of the Galaxy, which features no major, established stars and is based on a comic your average moviegoer had never heard of.  So why, then, would Captain Marvel prompt such a huge payday for Jolie?  Just because the studio is nervous about the whole female superhero thing?  Sounds at least a little unlikely.

Whether Jolie directs or not, Captain Marvel will hit theaters July 6, 2018, deep in Marvel's Phase Three.

A lot of fans are hoping that Carol Dangers will make her MCU debut before her solo movie three years from now.  Danvers is a Major in the Air Force whose DNA is combined with Kree (Ronan, the bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy, is Kree) genetic material, giving her an expansive power-set that includes flight, near-invulnerability, and even laser blasts. As a superhero he's gone by plenty of different names including Ms. Marvel, Warbird, and, of course, Captain Marvel.

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