Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell are two women making history in this year’s Oscar race with their films Nomadland and Promising Young Woman both receiving nominations in the best picture and best director categories. What such young independent directors with distinctive visions might do next is always a much-anticipated move, closely observed by film buffs and fans.

However, in this case we don’t need to wait until the Oscar winners are announced on April 25 to find out. Zhao is already in postproduction on the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) franchise The Eternals, which she is making for Disney for $200m, and Fennell has just been announced as the writer for DC Films’ superhero sorceress film Zatanna...

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