As Marvel continues to dish out movies, the superhero factory is learning to embrace diversity amongst its characters. Although their movie universe started with Iron Man, a somewhat lesser known character, the introduction of the Guardians of the Galaxy solidified their commitment to introducing superheros that weren’t very familiar with the masses. Which means that the inclusion of Captain Marvel is their way of saying, “This new character in the MCU is definitely going to be great for our bottom line!”. The casting of Brie Larson in the title role also brought up the following question: “Who is directing?”. Well, now we know the answer. Per Variety:
“Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson, has found its directors.
Marvel has tapped “Mississippi Grind” helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct the upcoming superhero tentpole.
Since announcing the Oscar winner would be playing the titular superhero, the studio has taken its time in finding the film’s director. Marvel made it clear they wanted a female guiding the ship on this film’s voyage.
Marvel was not available for comment.
I know what you’re thinking: “Who are they?”. Boden and Fleck may not appear to be the best match on paper, but as Kevin Feige explained in an interview with Fandango:
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. 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, there you have it. And in the meantime, I highly suggest you check out the duo’s previous directorial efforts. I suggest Half Nelson to begin with.