When I wrote about Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck being hired to direct Captain Marvel last week, I promised that the reasoning behind the choice would be revealed in the coming days. I knew this because the announcement was made in the midst of the domestic press day for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2... and now we have Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige's thoughts on the news:
Fandango (opens in new tab) used part of their interview time with Kevin Feige this past week to ask about the new Captain Marvel directors, and in response learned about Marvel's approach to finding filmmakers. Feige has often talked about approaching potential candidates who have interesting bodies of work rather than have blockbuster experience, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck most certainly fit that bill. The duo first gained notoriety for their collaboration on the indie Half Nelson, and have since made It's Kind of A Funny Story with Zach Galifianakis and Mississippi Grind with Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds. It seems that the people at Marvel were not only compelled to have a meeting, but hire them for a big, challenging project.
Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel a.k.a. Captain Marvel made her debut in 1968, and was created by the writer/artist duo of Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. Introduced as an officer in the United States Air Force, she winds up gaining superpowers when caught near the explosion of an alien device that warps her DNA. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe she will be played by Academy Award-winner Brie Larson, and it's been rumored that the character may make her big screen debut in Joe and Anthony Russo's The Avengers: Infinity War (which comes out 10 months before the Captain Marvel solo movie).
As I confirmed with Kevin Feige late last year, Captain Marvel will be a superhero origin story for the titular character, which definitely gives the executive/producer's comments above more context. Specifically, the journey that Carol Danvers is going through in the film is the adjustment to her new life as a half-alien/half-human who can fly and manipulate energy. Clearly it's a sci-fi story, but the hiring of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck certainly suggests an aim to emphasize the humanity of it all.
With a release date not scheduled until March 8, 2019, Captain Marvel is still months away from the start of principal photography - but hiring the directors for the project is obviously a major move, as they will be calling the shots going forward. The next big announcements about the project should involve casting - and you can be sure that we'll be paying close attention to the news.
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