There is a joyful aspect to the various press releases building up towards the release of a film. There is finally a chance for the press to interview and question the producers and think-tank behind the MCU. With the recent announcement of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as director for the upcoming Captain Marvel film, it was perfectly timed for people to find out why Marvel Studios ended up deciding for the pair, whose credits include Half Nelson, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Mississippi Grind. Marvel Studios CEO, Kevin Feige, offered a look
“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. And there’s going to be a lot of spectacle in the Captain Marvel film.”
The earth and space-traversing Captain Marvel could potentially become a strong visual film, as her powers also make her stick out when compared to the other heroes. Also interesting to note, there seems to be a very strong push towards this being a character-driven story. Her origin will supposedly be completely revamped, as a way for Marvel to take a different approach on how they tell their origin stories and establish their next Captain America franchise, as Doctor Strange may have taken the role of Iron Man.
“We’re pretty good at that 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. They had the best handle on it. And 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.”
It will be interesting to see how both directors integrate their experiences on past films to create an interesting experience with a character that has been building up quite a name in the comics over the last few years. Ever since she took over the role of Captain Marvel, she has been getting quite a push that lead to her receiving an important role during the Civil War II events. There is quite a lot of potential that we can get out of Marvel Studios’ first attempt at a female-led film.
What are your thoughts on it? Are you happy with the chosen directors?