Variety is reporting that after years of searching, Marvel has finally landed one not one, but two directors for their first female-driven superhero epic, Captain Marvel. The studio has scooped up Mississippi Grind filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to helm the picture. They join star Brie Larson in the titular role as Carol Danvers and writers Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, who are adapting the source material to film.
Boden and Fleck have been collaborating since their film school days, making a few shorts together before co-writing Fleck’s directorial debut, the Ryan Gosling-starring Half-Nelson (2006). Beginning with 2008’s Sugar, they have co-directed all of their features, including It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) and the aforementioned Mississippi Grind (2014). The pair are probably the most unknown directors that the studio has hired for one of their Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date, save for maybe Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Jon Watts. Given how Kevin Feige has had a pretty good track record for growing talents, I have little doubt that the right people were hired for the job.
Production on the film is currently slated to begin early next year, ahead of a March 8th, 2019 release. This will make it the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe slate and the final entry to arrive before Phase Three’s still-untitled Avengers closing film. So while March 2019 is just around the corner, we still have six more MCU films arriving before then, only four of which have completed production.
Now that Captain Marvel has its star, writers, and directors, the core questions now are what narrative direction it will take, how will it fit into Phase Three as a whole, and what characters will be appearing (be they old or new)?