Now that we know definitively that James Gunn is returning to three-peat for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ series removing any speculation that he’d Favreau himself into solely a producing and story role – not that this is a bad thing in anyway of course – I had the ponder; Who hasn’t directed an MCU feature that I think would be awesome? And more importantly, what would they direct?
5. Tim Burton’s ‘VENOM’
Yes, I’m aware that recent Tim Burton outings haven’t exactly hit their mark, I’m looking at you through the glass over here and definitely not throwing stones. Sorry, digressing.
But let’s face it, the man who had the vision to ride the creepy edge of ‘Beetlejuice’ ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and yes – the OG superhero flick of the modern era ‘Batman‘ would have an amazing visual take on Eddie brick’s decent into madness, wearing the symbiotic alien suit in … er…. pursuit of Spider-Man. The visuals alone from the Venom perspective behind those eyes, man…. That would be nuts!
4. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD’
Face it, this one’s a no brainer. Nobody gets more out of the legendary Samuel L. Jackson than the director who immortalized him in ‘Pulp Fiction.” Can you just imagine a Rated-R Nick Fury movie? With Jackson dropping f-bombs like mad while getting Coulson and the gang together in a gritty, dialogue heavy set piece where they discuss the pros and cons of HYDRA’s goals and legacy before getting into a hyper violent war scene?
Man … I’m not even a Tarantino fan, but this would be epic.
3. Peter Jackson’s ‘Hawkeye’
I have this fascination with Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of Hawkeye. Possibly just because of the less-is-more philosophy where it’s always seemed like he’s been a key piece in bigger projects, offering the humanity amongst demigods and being in many aspects the heart of the movies he’s been in. For that reason alone I want a Hawkeye solo flick.
But having it directed by the Lord of the Ring himself would be simply a dream come true. While the master of Middle-Earth has proven himself to be a mega blockbusting, epic adventure thrill ride taking masterpiece provider I just think giving him the opportunity to direct a smaller scale adventure with an underdog of a character would not only be entertaining but frankly right up his alley. Plus, if you make Orlando Bloom the villain could you just imagine the ‘Legolas vs hawk eye’ memes?
2. Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Black Widow’
Lets be clear. Ms. Bigelow is not only the right choice politically to direct Scar-Jo to MCU solo supremacy, she is the perfect choice period.
Academy Award winner for ‘The Hurt Locker’ (hello again Mr. Renner) and the director of the high octane and emotional ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Kathryn Bigelow has proven unequivocally that she is a leader amongst her peers and would have the right vision, tone and ability to bring the action required for a gritty and violent Natasha Romanoff tale.
Yes, I know we’re already getting this kinda in the upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok. And yes, I also know how awesome that looks.
But James Cameron is arguably the greatest director of his generation. Not simply for his body of work, but also for his vision. His commitment to making sure everything on screen looks the way he pictured it in his head. His desire to have a movie not just tell a story but to do it in the most stunning and eye pleasing way possible.
I have zero doubts that the man behind ‘Aliens’ and ‘The Terminator’ would be able to create the world where a banished Hulk gets his Spartacus on and fights his way to freedom and eventual dominion over the Planet Sakarr.
Of course this is all pure speculation. But it’s kinda fun.
What do you think?