Captain Marvel finally has a director. Well, two directors to be exact. After a long road of trying to find the best candidate to tell the story of Carol Danvers, and amidst a sea of potentials across the rumor mill, directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been chosen to bring Danvers’ story to the big screen. Boden and Fleck probably don’t have a ton of experience directing big budget Hollywood blockbusters, but they certainly know how to tell a character driven story with a touch a humor and emotional depth. This is shown in the past projects the duo has directed like Half Nelson starring Ryan Gosling or Mississippi Damned starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. This also the exact reason why President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, chose the duo in the first place.
During an interview with Fandango, Feige elaborated on the decision to have Boden and Fleck helm the MCU’s very first female led superhero movie. Read what he had to say below:
“We met with lots and lots of people as we always do, and had multiple meetings, and Anna and Ryan just had an amazing way of talking about Carol Danvers and talking about her journey. We want filmmakers that can help us focus on and elevate the character journey so it doesn’t get lost amongst the spectacle. And there’s going to be a lot of spectacle in the Captain Marvel film.”
Feige further explained why Boden and Fleck’s unique storytelling abilities fit well with the type of story they were seeking to tell:
“We’re pretty good at that at Marvel Studios, and have an amazing team that can help with that. But when we’re filling a director chair or chairs, we want people who are focused on the emotional journey, the humor, the surprising twists and turns of a singular character journey, which is what Captain Marvel is. They had the best handle on it. And when you look at the work that Ryan and Anna have done in the past, they are all amazing and very diverse character studies and journeys, and that impressed us.”
Well that was certainly a mouthful and affirms the idea that Feige and his team put a lot of thought into who they choose as directors. We still have some time before Carol Danvers hits the big screen, but until then it’s good to know that her story is in the hands of those who want to do the character justice.
Captain Marvel will star Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull Island) as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is accidentally fused with that of an alien, resulting in her developing the abilities of flight, strength and energy projection. The script is being written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy).
Captain Marvel is expected to hit the silver screen on March 8, 2019. But the character is said to make its debut in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film on May 4, 2018.