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Now, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemingly expanding at an ever-faster rate, it's perhaps not overly surprising that keeping track of the folks behind the scenes can be a little tough. After all, with big names like Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon out of the picture (for now at least), the most famous faces set to direct upcoming Marvel Studios pictures are a pair of brothers previously best known for their work on TV (Hello there, Russo Brothers) and the guy who directed Bring It On (Step forward Peyton Reed). And, of course, internet sweetheart James Gunn.

What's more, those fellas are all set to direct firmly established sequels, with Peyton and Gunn returning to the Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, and the Russos following up their work on Captain America: Civil War by taking over the Avengers series. What, though, of the new faces we're set to see take the helms of Marvel's shiny new movie sagas?

Just Who Are Marvel's Newly Hired Directors, Anyway?

Well, let's take a closer look...

First up?

Doctor Strange's Scott Derrickson

What Do You Know Him From? If you're a fan of modern horror, you likely know Derrickson from Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil or The Exorcism of Emily Rose. If you're not, you probably just tried to forget that he directed The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Why's He A Good Choice For Doctor Strange? Well, not only has he cut his teeth on a big budget action movie before (albeit The Day the Earth Stood Still), but he sure does know how to translate weird visuals to a mainstream audience. Also, the MCU could probably use a small jolt of horror right about now - it's a genre that's been largely untouched.

Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jon Watts

What Do You Know Him From? Directing 2015 action thriller Cop Car...and that's about it, unless you've somehow seen the as-yet-unreleased-in-the-US horror flick Clown.

Why's He A Good Choice For Spider-Man: Homecoming? Well, with Homecoming intended to be a fresh, youthful take on the Spider-franchise, it actually makes sense to hire a young, relatively inexperienced director. After all, he's not bringing a whole lot of baggage to the table, and, y'know, actually remembers what it's like to be a teenager.

Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi

What Do You Know Him From? As a director, you're most likely to know Waititi from his work on films like Eagle vs Shark and What We Do in the Shadows or the acclaimed TV shows Flight of the Concords. As an actor, you might just recognize him from Green Lantern (above), but don't hold that against him.

Why's He A Good Choice For Thor: Ragnarok? Well, if there's one thing that the Thor franchise has struggled with over the years, it's balancing the inherently serious tone of Thor's adventures with the sense of fun that typically infuses every corner of the MCU. With a background in dark comedy, Waititi knows how to bring the funny - but also how to ground it in genuine emotion and dramatic tension. Sounds perfect for a Thor/Hulk galactic road trip, no?

Black Panther's Ryan Coogler

What Do You Know Him From? If you didn't catch 2013's acclaimed Fruitvale Station, then you probably know Coogler's work best from last year's fantastic Creed. That, and he played football for Sacramento State.

Why's He A Good Choice For Black Panther? Aside from the fact that he's arguably the most exciting young African-American filmmaker working in mainstream Hollywood today? Well then, there's always the fact that Creed was a perfectly judged blend of family drama, action epic and origin story - a balance that could well be replicated in Black Panther.

The big question now?

What do YOU think?


Which of Marvel's new directors are you most excited to see the work of?


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