‘Captain Marvel’ Finds Directors in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Nearly nine months after casting Oscar-winner Brie Larson in the title role for Captain Marvel, Marvel has finally found its directors. According to a press release, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will be taking on the challenge of Marvel's first female superhero movie.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are quite the dynamic duo and seem to come as a package deal. They co-wrote and co-directed It's Kind of a Funny Story starring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, and Keir Gilchrist (who coincidentally starred alongside Brie Larson in United States of Tara). They both penned Half Nelson with Fleck taking the director's chair, which starred Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie, the latter of which is also in the MCU as Falcon.
More recently, they co-wrote and co-directed Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds (aka Deadpool) and Ben Mendelsohn. They have also joined to direct episodes of The Affair and Billions. Last on the seemingly endless list of collaborations is Sugar, which, yes, you guessed it, they wrote and directed together.
It's neat that they have worked with several Marvel actors before, even if that'll become less and less surprising as the superhero universe expands. It's a good sign that the two are so familiar with each other and their work, and as they say, two minds are better than one. This seems to their first work on a superhero or action flick, but Marvel's taken similar chances before to great effect - Shakespearean Kenneth Branagh took on Thor, and the Russo Brothers (the last two Captain America films and upcoming Infinity War) were brought on from Arrested Development.
Captain Marvel will follow Carol Danvers (no relation to DC's Supergirl Kara Danvers), an Air Force pilot whose DNA is merged with that of an aliens in a freak accident. The result is super strength, flight, and energy projection. Danvers was previously known as "Ms. Marvel" for several years before finally changing names and starring in a very successful comic by Kelly Sue DeConnick - the current Ms. Marvel is now the shape-changing Kamala Khan. The plot of the Captain Marvel movie is as of yet unknown, but it's expected to draw from DeConnick's work.
The screenplay is written by Meg LeFauve (Disney's Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film will pave the way for Marvel movies starring women, written by women, and having women at the helm.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to come out March 8, 2019, but get a peek at her in Avengers: Infinity War first, due out May 4, 2018.