After meeting with “lots and lots” of candidates, Marvel called off the search just yesterday after the studio tapped Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) to take the reins on Captain Marvel – and Kevin Feige couldn’t be happier about the outcome.
At the ongoing press event for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Fandango caught up with Marvel’s head honcho – undoubtedly one of the most influential architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – to discuss James Gunn’s spacefaring sequel. But as news of Boden and Fleck’s recruitment broke, the outlet also slipped in a question about one Carol Danvers, and it was here that Feige claimed Boden and Fleck are perhaps the perfect fit to helm the Brie Larson-fronted solo movie.
And though he tip-toes around pertinent story details, Kevin Feige told fans to expect “a lot of spectacle” with Captain Marvel, before stressing that Boden and Fleck will be able to strike that sweet balance between character-driven drama and CGI wonder.
“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.”
Captain Marvel takes flight on March 8th, 2019. If those early rumors are to be believed, then Marvelites can expect Brie Larson’s heroine to make her debut in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Still no update on that front just yet, but we’ll keep you right up-to-date as this story develops. Guardians 2, meanwhile, makes a beeline for theaters on May 5th.