Anna Boden And Ryan Fleck Set to Helm Captain Marvel

Posted 04/20/2017 1288 0

Marvel’s first female-focused superhero film, Captain Marvel, has reportedly finally landed directors after months of courting by Disney: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.


According to Variety, Boden and Fleck are just some of the multiple contenders with whom Marvel met; the shortlist that was more widely known included Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend at the End of the World), Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Elizabeth Wood (White Girl), and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda).

Boden and Fleck had a number of meetings with Kevin Feige and the Marvel team and impressed the bosses with their take on what to do with the character. Guardians' Nicole Perlman and Inside Out's Meg LeFauve have been at work on the script. Kevin Feige is producing the pic. Academy Award winner Brie Larson has already signed on to play Captain Marvel herself. Although the nature of her character within the MCU has yet to be revealed, the comic book version of the character is Carol Danvers, an Air Force Pilot who gains super powers following an accident involving an alien. Her powers include flight, super strength, and the ability to project energy blasts. She’s one of the coolest people in Marvel comics and a character with a dedicated fan base. Marvel is clearly hoping that the same magic touch that transformed Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy into household names will apply here.

During Marvel’s press day this week, Kevin Feige said the film is slotted to go before cameras in February. “Captain Marvel” is scheduled to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.

Boden and Fleck most recently directed the Ben Mendelsohn-starring drama “Mississippi Grind,” though they’ve also been on the TV beat with gigs helming “The Affair” and “Billions.”

They are best known for their Ryan Gosling-starring breakout “Half Nelson,” which earned the actor his first Oscar nomination (Fleck is the sole credited director on that project, though the pair wrote it together and their process has always been extremely collaborative).