Last night, reports began to circulate that Marvel Studios had found a director for “Captain Marvel” after “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed let the news slip during the Marvel Studios tour for the press earlier this week. Now, thanks to a report Wednesday from Variety, observers know the studio has, in fact, selected the director — or in this case, directors — for the film.
According to the outlet, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been brought aboard to direct “Captain Marvel” for the studio. Marvel Studios was not available for comment on Variety’s report.
Fans that have been eagerly following any and all news regarding Marvel’s first female-led film will note that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were not part of the rumored shortlist that hit last year. That list had previously reported that Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria were in contention for the gig. With Boden and Fleck having now reportedly on board the project, it’s clear that the studio ended up ultimately going in a different direction.
Per Variety, Marvel Studios met with the directing duo — who have directed films such as “Mississippi Grind” — multiple times and were continually impressed by what they wanted to do with the character.
Boden and Fleck are best known for their work on “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “Mississippi Grind,” and television shows including “Billions” and “The Affair.”
Starring Brie Larson and written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve, “Captain Marvel” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.