MCU Directors Who Had The Greatest Impact On The Franchise

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an American media franchise centered on a series of superhero movies, independently produced by Marvel Studios. The franchise includes short films, television series, comic books, and digital series; the first DC movie released in 2008 titled Iron Man. It was also the beginning of the first phase. After that, the universe has released 20 films. It brought some fantastic comic characters to life and became one of the highest-grossing franchises in cinema history. The studio created a few great content with different directors and teams. And most of the directors left their mark with their brilliant work.

Peyton Reed

Peyton Tucker Reed is an American TV and film director. He is famous for his films like The Break-Up in 2006, Bring It On in 2000, Yes Man in 2008, Ant-Man in 2015, and the sequel of the same movie titled Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018. The movie Ant-Man was supposed to be directed by Edgar Wright, but Reed replaced him and joined the production. His films like Yes Man and Bring It On did a profitable business at the box office. Hence he was initially known for romantic comedies and not for blockbuster superhero movies. But with the success of Ant-Man, he proved his good hands in this genre also. Then in 2018, he presented another brilliant film, the sequel of Ant-Man as Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Anna Boden And Ryan Fleck

Ryan K. Fleck and Anna Boden are the American filmmaking duo. The couple is best known for its movies like Sugar, Half Nelson, Mississippi. It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Captain Marvel. They together made short documentaries titled Young Rebels and Have You Seen This Man? After that, they created the brilliant short film Half Nelson, which won the prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Fleck shared that they were not getting financiers for the project and hence they kept the project off the ground due to which they got enough time to think and rewrite the screenplay. Boden and Fleck created Captain Marvel in 2019, and it was a great hit with $1 billion. They made the superpowered characters likable and relatable. It was also an incredible idea to cast a woman in the Marvel series.

Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson is an American producer, director, and screenplay writer. Some of his best creations include The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005, Sinister in 2012, Deliver Us from Evil in 2014, and Doctor Strange for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016. His project The Exorcism of Emily Rose was based on the actual event Anneliese Michel. The film won the Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film in 2005, and the Chicago Film Critics Association listed the movie in the Top 100 scariest Films Ever Made in 2006. The Exorcism of Emily Rose collected a gross of $144 million worldwide. Derrickson made a unique choice by directing Doctor Strange, which was not a horror genre. He built a strong sense of what the visuals of the film should be. And that played a  key role for Doctor Strange’s character in the later movies.

Jon Watts

Jon Watts is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. Some popular movies of Marvel Cinematic Universe are Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. He co-wrote and directed movies like Cop Car, Clown, and directed episodic television news series Onion News Network. The film was criticized by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb about the story and the cast; they said that the characters and storyline do not feel like a high school plot. But that was not the case with Spider-Man: Homecoming. He was so determined to get the job that he created and sent the production team a fake trailer of Spider-Man. And that helped him to land up the job. During the making of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Watts was so devoted to the film that he began to collect spiders of different and rare spices. Jon was inspired by John Hughes’s work and helped him to create a realistic environment.

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Kyle Coogler is an American film producer, director, and screenplay writer. His first feature film titled Fruitvale Station in 2013, the film featured in the U.S. dramatic competition and won the top audience and grand jury awards. He contributed to the seventh movie of the Rocky series, Creed in the year 2015, and in the Marvel series titled Black Panther in 2018. The latter broke the box office record and became the highest-grossing film by a black director. The movie was a commercial success and critical acclaim. Coogler was listed on the top 30 people list in Time as the person who is changing the world at the age of under 30. His work brought limelight to the overlooked culture of black people. The film introduced an entirely new world in the Marvel Universe and created Wakanda as an essential part. Coogler became one of the most influential Black directors in the world who made incredible movies like Fruitvale Station and Creed. By making Black Panther, he tried to celebrate African culture and made sure he has his mark of the film.

James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy was never supposed to be a big hit. The film was made in 2014, which was based on some unique heroes considered as D-List in comic book series. And the only thing that made the film successful was because of James Gunn behind it. Gunn is known for his vision and perfection. Gunn made sure that the characters were likable, quick-witted, and fleshed out. The way he wrote all the characters in the MCU was influenced to move forward with the film. James began his journey in the mid-1990s and entered Hollywood with horror-comedy Slither in 2006. He started his journey with an independent movie with Troma Entertainment titled Tromeo and Juliet in 1995.

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