There was a short window of glory for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the most popular, ambitious and expensive movies around were headed up by cult favorites like Joss Whedon, Shane Black, James Gunn and Edgar Wright. That dream never quite came to fruition, with Shane Black making Iron Man 3 a neat dip into the MCU, Joss Whedon leaving [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) as the most tired man on the planet, and Edgar Wright famously getting into disputes with Marvel and leaving the Ant-Man project.
Looking into the future, beyond the much anticipated [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which directors known for their loud and colorful styles would be fun additions to the MCU? One rule defines this list. These directors have to possess strange and abrasive styles, just as James Gunn did before he worked on Guardians of the Galaxy. Fans would have to be convinced of these choices, so I'm gonna skip ahead and get convincing!
I'm almost surprised Gareth Evans hasn't been snatched up by Hollywood already (do not confuse him with Gareth "Godzilla" Edwards). This man's work on The Raid and its sequel carved action cinema with a new brutal face. Whereas most action is designed to make you feel like the instigator of violence who comes out on top, Gareth Evans makes you feel like the victim. Perhaps that would make him an odd choice for a genre as concerned with empowerment as superhero movies. On top of that, Gareth Evans is heavily intrenched in the Indonesian film industry, pioneering modern culture's understanding of Penkak Silat. He'd likely sit down to watch Captain America: Civil War and think "what is this, a pillow fight?"
And now for someone completely different. You likely know Joseph Kahn as the director of some of the most extravagant and high-performing music videos of all time, such as Britney Spears' Toxic and Taylor Swift's Blank Space. He's also made the occasional feature length movie. He made Torque, which saw Ice Cube in a motorcycle gang, and Detention, a pre-Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson high school movie which... well. Oh my.
Kahn excels by his sheer willingness to do whatever he feels like. This is the man who made a half-hour long gritty Power Rangers reboot. I'm not even kidding. If Marvel ever wanted to out-ridiculous the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Kahn would be an excellent choice. The fact he was able to make Taylor Swift's Bad Blood, a concept that seemed ridiculous on paper, actually appear legit is just baffling, and baffling is a state of being Marvel should go for more often!
We need to stop looking to the Wachowskis and expecting another Matrix movie. They tried to make more Matrix movies, and many hated them. Any further attempt to cement themselves in a filmmaking consciousness has been sneered at or generally perceived as weird (Speed Racer is a marvel of editing I'll have you know), and you know what movie they made when they had utmost creative freedom? The Matrix!
The Wachowskis have still, time and time again, exhibited themselves as able to roll in the upper echelons of Hollywood. With Cloud Atlas, they showed they were able to handle broad stories with multiple characters. As cobbled together and delirious as Jupiter Ascending was, it still expressed an imagery that was perfect for Marvel's cosmic off shoot. Most recently, Sense8 proved the Wachowskis could handle more (by their standards) low key stories, so why not give them a chance in the MCU?
Richard Kelly is a crazy person, and I'm absolutely fine with that. Since his beloved debut, the Donnie Darko director has thrown away all his credit with the near-incomprehensible, glorious hot mess Southland Tales, following it up only with the awkward and disjointed The Box. The guy can't veer away form themes of existentialism, and in particular, portals. Donnie Darko had portals through space time. Southland Tales had portals through spacetime. The novel The Box was based on didn't have any portals through spacetime, but Richard Kelly's adaptation did. He even wrote a first script for the adaptation of Holes, but it was rejected because, you guessed it, the holes were portals through spacetime.
While his sensibilities are no doubt crazy, Kelly is excellent at bringing a sense of gravitas and meaning to stories, even where there is none. Some stories in the MCU could no doubt benefit from his odd, yet compelling style.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
So... speaking of crazy. Neveldine and Taylor have already dipped into Marvel properties before with [Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance](tag:36650). They are masters of nonchalance, vulgarity and noise, while still pushing film as a medium into strange and uncomfortable places. Their magnum opus is the Crank movies, which are so confrontational to the audience, they at times border on the avant garde! If anyone worries about Marvel movies becoming amorphous, and lacking in a director's mark, these guys are the remedy!
So those are just a few directors who could leave their irreverent stamp on the MCU. Are there any names you wish would have appeared on here? Share your thoughts in a post here on MoviePilot, vote in our poll, or leave a comment below!