Once again, Marvel taps relatively unknown filmmakers to bring one of its iconic characters to the screen.
According to Variety, the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the Air Force pilot whose alien-infused DNA makes her into one of the cosmos' most powerful superheroes. If you have not heard of Boden and Fleck before, that's because they've been kind of flying under the radar. Their first four films, which include Half Nelson with Ryan Gosling and Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds, have all been independent fare, and they've also directed episodes of TV series like Billions and The Affair.
This is totally in keeping with the Marvel strategy of hiring lesser-known talents like James Gunn or the Russo Brothers and giving them a huge property to play with (under close Marvel supervision, of course). And while this may not have been a factor in Marvel's decision, having a woman as one half of the team may head off critics who insist that movies about female superheroes be helmed by female directors.
The studio apparently met with a lot of directors and brought Boden and Fleck back for several additional meetings, where execs — including Marvel president Kevin Feige — were reportedly impressed with the duo's take on the character.
The script is being written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and now that the directors are in place, we can expect to begin hearing a lot more about casting, other characters, the storyline and the production design.
It was just this past Monday night (April 17) that a few members of the press got a peek during a tour of Marvel's offices on the Disney lot at images of Larson in her costume, which is said to be based on the uniform Danvers sported in her recent comic book run written primarily by Kelly DeConnick.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to arrive on March 8, 2019 — but don't be surprised if Danvers shows up in next year's Avengers: Infinity War first. Are you familiar with any of Boden and Fleck's work? What do you think of this choice?