4. Edgar Wright
You might be aware that at one time director of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, Edgar Wright, was attached to Ant-Man. He was planned to direct and co-write with Joe Cornish. For those who don't know, Cornish is also an excellent writer/director, he made his feature directorial debut with Attack The Block. Which is a lot of fun by the way and you should check it out. Wright unfortunately left the project as Marvel Studios were being too overbearing. They demanded changes in the script that he would have no input in and they re-wrote the script with a completely different vision. Luckily, Ant-Man still looks to be one of the most fun and original Marvel Studios movies to date. However, fans cannot help but wonder how good the movie may have been should Wright have gotten creative control. Wright can direct exciting and dynamic action scenes that fizz with originality and love for cinema. He balances action with his own brand of comedy which always has a very sharp wit, but without being reserved. He has an all guns blazing approach that makes his genre blending movies are treat for any film fanatic. When you watch the Cornetto Trilogy which he created with the help of his cinematic team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, you can't help but wonder what he may have done with Marvel characters.
3. Guillermo Del Toro
Del Toro is no stranger to comic book movies and the like. He is a geek that makes movies for others like him. Who better than to take on a Marvel Studios movie? Should a certain storyline from the comics capture Del Toro's imagination he would run wild and no doubt create a masterpiece of character and spectacle. He is of course very skilled at directing massive action scenes but without losing the audience's emotional connection to the characters. The scale of the action is grand but you still care. This makes Del Toro more than qualified to place our heroes in action sequences where we are genuinely concerned about the outcome. Furthermore, Guillermo has a love of monsters and grotesque creatures. Not only that, he is brilliant at writing stories of the supernatural. These two qualities make him the ideal choice to direct a Doctor Strange movie.
2. J.J. Abrams
Abrams is of course taking the reins of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) at least, after that who knows how much input he will have into the revived franchise. Given Abrams' ability to create beautiful shots of action complete with his own sense of (lens) flare, he would be a brilliant fit to sit in the director's chair on a Marvel movie. He has a great track record for taking a franchise that means a great deal to a lot of people and really doing it justice. He reinvents classic content in a fresh way, while staying true to the source material and to the fans. I also love that he places a lot of importance in practical effects, he is right to do so.
1. Steven Speilberg
This one is very unlikely to happen. Although in a parallel universe where this is something that could actually happen I would love to see what the genius would do with a Marvel Studios movie. Speilberg has perfected the formula for creating cinema magic. The kind of films that make a person a film fan. Those amazing moments where you disappear into the story and the spectacle. Moments that don't just make you like a movie but have affection for it, it becomes a part of your childhood. Moments like this:
These kinds of moments from Speilberg's works are the kinds of moments Marvel Studios are trying to give people. Steven is Speilberg is great at creating the atmosphere of the viewer entering a new era. By this I mean that his ability to draw the audience into a brand new world or introduce them to a fresh character is unrivaled. This would make him the best choice to direct an origin story of a character that Marvel Studios want the public to emotionally invest in.