Captain Marvel has found its directors at last. Though Brie Larson was named as the titular superhero some time ago now, Marvel have been relatively slow in announcing who would helm the movie, but it’s now confirmed by Variety that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will take the helm, with Captain Marvel set to arrive in theaters in 2019.
Marvel themselves have not passed comment, but Variety also report that the studio met with several possible contenders before deciding upon Boden and Fleck. That should inspire some confidence, since it proves that Kevin Feige and Marvel have made the effort to find just the right people for the job. They have pedigree in choosing strong directors, too; the Russo brothers, James Gunn, and Jon Favreau have already proven themselves, while Taika Waititi’s work on Thor: Ragnarok looks promising in the newest trailer. Let’s hope Boden and Fleck can achieve the same. Interestingly, Boden and Fleck’s names have not been in the running during all the speculation over who might direct Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie.
Boden and Fleck have previously directed Half-Nelson and Mississippi Grind, both of which are very character driven. Captain Marvel will be the biggest movie of their career thus far. With the Captain Marvel script coming from Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, it suggests that Captain Marvel might also be strongly focused on character, along with a healthy dose of action, of course. Again, this can only be a good thing, especially with the Oscar winning Larson in the central role; her turn in Room was deeply emotive and gripping to watch.
Meanwhile, Captain Marvel concept art was recently shown to journalists before the screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The concept art featured Larson in her character’s costume, and Collider describes it as very close to the comic book depiction, pictured below.
Captain Marvel will follow Carol Danvers, “an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the superpowers of strength, energy project, and flight.”
Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8, 2019. With the directors and star now set, we can expect things to start moving forward very soon.