Olivia Wilde to Direct Female-Centric Marvel Movie

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Olivia Wilde has inked a deal to develop and direct a female-centric Marvel film with Sony Pictures.

The untitled film is reportedly about a Spider-Woman character. Variety notes that the title “has been held by several Marvel Comics characters throughout the years, starting with Jessica Drew in the 1970s (whose origin story involves uranium exposure and spider blood), and also including Mary-Jane Watson, and Gwen Stacy.

While a “Spider-Gwen” most recently appeared in the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and other alter egos of Spider-Woman include Mary Jane Watson, Cindy Moon (Silk), and Jessica Drew, it’s unclear if Wilde’s production will include any of those characters.

Wilde made her feature film directorial debut with the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film Booksmart, which was written by Katie Silberman. Silberman will also write this project, with Amy Pascal producing and Rachel O’Connor executive producing.

Despite often appearing in front of the camera, the 36-year-old shared her passion for wanting to direct in an interview earlier this year, explaining that she “always wanted to make movies and be a part of the moviemaking process” and “never wanted to pigeonhole myself.”

“I always assumed acting was the way in, because for many young women … they’re told, ‘You love movies — you should be a movie star.’ No one tells a little girl, ‘Why don’t you become a director?’ It’s just not a part of the conversation," she said. "But if a little boy says he loves movies, it’s like, ‘Maybe one day you’ll direct. Maybe you’ll be the next Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese.’ ”

As for what happens next, it’s all unclear. Wilde mischievously tweeted to fans on Thursday that she’s keeping mum on anything about her upcoming Marvel film. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

Tags: Education, Pop Culture, Gender Equality

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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