April 19, 2017


First Female-Led MCU Movie 'Captain Marvel' Finds Its Director Duo


Captain Marvel has found its directors in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The team has given us powerful dramas like Half Nelson, Sugar and Mississippi Grind, plus the mental health rom-com It's Kind of a Funny Story. They've also done episodes of The Affair and Billions.

"Execs met with the duo many times before the studio decided to go with them and time and time agan the pair impressed the studio with what they wanted to do with this character," writes Variety's Justin Kroll. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige previously said having a female perspective was "super important."

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are only Marvel's second directorial duo, following brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (the last two Captain Americas, the next two Avengers). While Fleck and Boden have scripted all their directorial features, Captain Marvel will come from Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, the upcoming Detective Pikachu, a not-yet-used Black Widow treatment).

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The immensely powerful Captain Marvel is played by Brie Larson, the 27-year-old Kong: Skull Island/Trainwreck star who won the Best Actress Oscar last year for Room. On the page, the Captain's adjacent identity, Ms. Marvel, currently belongs to Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been scrutinized for its lack of female superheroes, having launched in 2008 with Iron Man and not bringing its first female-fronted film—Captain Marvel, its 21st overall; yes, really—to fans until March 8, 2019. (Summer 2018 will mark the first MCU film with a female in the title, with the Evangeline Lilly/Paul Rudd–starring Ant-Man and the Wasp. 

Meanwhile DC announced that Avengers director Joss Whedon will switch teams to direct Batgirl. It only took the DCEU four movies/years to get to its Wonder Woman standalone, and a Harley Quinn–centric Gotham City Sirens is also en route.

Previously considered Captain Marvel directors reportedly included Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jennifer Kent, Jennifer Yuh, Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria.

Next, watch Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso talk about how the publisher moved on from flat, scantily clad heroines: