Kevin Feige Explains Why Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck Were Chosen To Direct Captain Marvel

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Fans were pretty surprised when Marvel decided to choose Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as directors for their Captain Marvel movie. Though Boden and Fleck have long since worked together on Oscar-nominated films, the two didn’t come up in the initial list of directors being considered for Marvel’s film project.

Now, speaking in an interview with Fandango, Marvel President Kevin Feige explains why they chose Boden and Fleck to tell the story of Carol Danvers.

“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. 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.

“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. They had the best handle on it. And when you look at the work that Ryan and Anna have done in the past, they are all amazing and very diverse character studies and journeys, and that impressed us.”

Well, if a character-driven superhero film is what Marvel wants for Captain Marvel, then they certainly made the right choice with Fleck and Boden. The duo’s latest film project, Mississippi Grind, was a character study that was met with a lot of positive reviews from critics when it released back in 2015.

Starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel will tell the story of an Air Force pilot who finds her DNA accidently mixed with an alien’s, an incident which gives her superpowers like strength and flight. Captain Marvel is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019.

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