The Tracking Board has confirmed that Mississippi Grind helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been tapped to direct CAPTAIN MARVEL for Disney and Marvel Studios. Monday night, when the studio opened its doors to the press, president Kevin Feige said the director(s) would be announced “soon.”
Brie Larson will be taking on the lead role of the titular superhero, who has become one of Marvel’s leading kick-ass female heroes, especially in recent years with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s take on the character starting in 2012. She’s also part of Marvel’s all-female Avengers team A-Force.
In the comics, Captain Marvel, real name Carol Danvers, is a member of the United States Air Force who gains superpowers after being caught in an explosion of an alien Kree device. More recently, she had a leading role in the epic Civil War II event.
Yet it is worthy to note that Marvel has been outspoken about finding a female director for this project and ended up going with a male-female duo, especially with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman on the horizon. The film does Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) penning the script, though.
The directing duo is primarily known for their indie fare such 2006’s Half Nelson and 2010’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story. However, being relative unknown names has never stopped Marvel and their success before — just look at the Russo brothers, after all.
This news was first reported by Variety.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor