Yesterday, it was revealed that the director of the upcoming Captain Marvel film was, in fact, two directors. The duo who’ll be taking the helm are none other than Mississippi Grind directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It was an unexpected choice, to say the least. If someone out there told you that these two were somehow on their radar, they’d be lying.
That being said, this choice falls right in line with some of Marvel Studios’ unconventional thinking in the past. They don’t worry about the “heat” of the director as much as their ability to tell a good story on any budget. But what was it about these two in particular that drew the studio to them?
Speaking with Fandango, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige delved into his reasons for choosing Boden and Fleck for Captain Marvel.
“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.”
There’s definitely a reason why Marvel Studios has excelled in their films. Whether you like them or not, there is no denying their success, and their focus on character above all else has certainly helped to make them more than your run-of-the-mill superhero films. Yes, they may be cookie cutter in their style, but its emphasis on character helps to catapult the films above and beyond mediocrity.
What do you think of Feige’s comments? Do you think these two are the right choice to bring Captain Marvel to life? Let us know in the comments down below!
Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019.
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