“Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson as the mighty Avenger, is one of Marvel Studios’ most anticipated movies. As the first solo movie from the studio centering on a female superhero, the story of Carol Danvers has a lot of expectations attached to it. Now that the film’s directors have been announced as independent filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, fans are wondering what this means for the tone of the movie. Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige has some answers.
“We cast a pretty wide net,” Feige told Vulture. “It’s always based on people who’ve done things that we thought were interesting, at any level. We haven’t hired anybody who’ve never done a feature before, but what gets you in the room is doing interesting work in television and interesting work in features, both of which they’ve done. And then it’s about the conversation and the vision that we see.
“Captain Marvel will be, by far, the most powerful superhero in Marvel’s cinematic universe,” Feige continued. “[The story] ultimately needs to be about the three-dimensional, multilayered Carol Danvers character. You have to be able to track her and follow her and relate to her at all points of the movie, regardless of how many visual effects and spaceships and bad guys are filling the frame. That’s what’s important.”
Since hiring on Jon Favreau to direct “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios has hired an a-typical array of directors. Joss Whedon may seem like an obvious pick now, given his nerd credentials and the success of “The Avengers,” but when he signed on with Marvel, “Avengers” was the biggest budget project he’d ever been attached to by a wide margin. Same goes for Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo behind two of Marvel’s biggest successes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” as well as the upcoming third and fourth “Avengers” movies. Before Marvel, they were best known for their involvement with the television show “Community.” Fans are excited about the trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok,” but director Taika Waititi only has two features under his belt, both of them small independent comedies.
Feige describes obsessively perusing Boden and Fleck to direct the film. “For us, what Anna and Ryan have done so spectacularly well in all of their movies, albeit on a much smaller scale than they’re about to do, is create a singular character journey,” he said. “The stories they’ve told have been so diverse, but regardless of the subject matter, they can dive into it and hone in on that character’s journey.”
Starring Brie Larson and written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve, “Captain Marvel” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.