Marvel shocked everyone with the announcement that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck had been chosen to direct the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. So far, the duo have only directed a handful of movies and TV shows, including Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind, and their work has been heavily focused on character driven drama, with a good dose of comedy, too.
It seems that it was the character focused element to their work which prompted Marvel to recruit Boden and Fleck, though, since in a statement from the company, Marvel praised the pair for their “diverse body of work” and “focus on character.” Marvel chief, Kevin Feige, has now elaborated on that statement in and interview with Fandango. Praising Boden and Fleck’s work once again, Feige also added that Marvel didn’t want the character to be lost in the spectacle of the movie:
“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.”
Feige’s comments would tie in with the assumption that Captain Marvel will focus heavily on the character of Carol Danvers (to be played by Brie Larson), echoing the kind of work we’ve seen in Netflix/ Marvel offerings such as Jessica Jones. While these series have still focused heavily on action, there’s been a lot of room given over to character development, and this has gone down well with audiences.
Feige also teased another popular aspect of the MCU while speaking to Fandango. Big name stars have been lining up to take part in any or all Marvel offerings ever since the success of Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. To date, the list of A-list celebrities Marvel have featured in a role is long, and includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, Kurt Russell, and Sylvester Stallone. When Fandango asked if there was any truth to the rumor that marvel had met with Al Pacino, Feige said that was true, but that he wouldn’t be appearing in anything any time soon, but he did say this about Hollywood stars appearing in the future:
“There are a few that are coming up, actually. I’ll keep this spoiler-free, but be assured that there are more surprises of that caliber heading into our universe in the next few films.”
Let the speculation begin!