The news came as a surprise for fans, who had expected one of the rumored directors on the prior shortlist to land the highly coveted gig — however, after numerous meetings with the twosome, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was sure that he found the right directors for the project. Speaking with Fandango at last night’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” premiere, Feige was asked about the decision to hire Boden and Fleck, and for him, it ultimately came down to how they treated Carol, and her story.
“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,” Feige said. “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.”
Much like with previous hires Taika Waititi and Joe and Anthony Russo, while Boden and Fleck may not have a ton of experience doing “spectacle” films, Feige was quick to assure that won’t be a problem. As long as they have a director in the driver’s seat that can help tell a wonderful character-driven story, Feige knows that the team at Marvel Studios can help guide their filmmakers behind-the-scenes with the visual extravaganza fans have come to know and love from Marvel films.
“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.”
Boden and Fleck are the latest in a group of impressive hires by the studio following the likes of Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”) and Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”). While the duo have directed films such as “Half Nelson” starring Ryan Gosling — who actually received a Best Actor nomination for his role — and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” they’re not exactly a household name. That, of course, is sure to change as they board the Marvel Cinematic Universe with none other than “Captain Marvel,” a film that is incredibly important for Marvel Studios going forward.
Cameras are set to begin rolling on “Captain Marvel” in February. Starring Brie Larson and written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve, “Captain Marvel” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.