It was recently announced that Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Mississippi Grind) would be directing Captain Marvel, giving the two indie directors their biggest production yet. Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige explained the logic behind this choice.
Kevin Feige, who has been an executive producer on every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie thus far, explained to Fandango that Fleck and Boden’s ability to handle characters is what netted the pair the directing gig – whereas Marvel Studios will help handle with the visuals.
“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… We’re pretty good at [showing spectacle] 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… 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.”
Fleck and Boden join the ranks of many indie directors to get picked up by major studios to work on big projects, such as Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One), and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island). Hopefully, these two will continue the stellar track record set by their predecessors and Marvel has another hit on their hands.
Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, is set for a release on March 8, 2019. Larson will also be making an appearance in the untitled foruth Avengers movie that will be released on May 3, 2019.