Captain Marvel will be Marvel Studios' first big-screen, solo outing for a female superhero, seeing release between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, on March 8, 2019. The popular character will be played by Brie Larson, who this year appeared in both Kong: Skull Island and Free Fire. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has previously stated that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so her role in Avengers 4 and the overall MCU going forward will be an incredibly important one.
Marvel Studios recently hired Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel. The pair have never directed a blockbuster, but are best known for their films Half Nelson and It's Kind of a Funny Story. They've also helmed TV episodes of Looking and The Affair. So why did Feige choose this pair to direct such an important film for the studio? Feige discussed the decision with Vulture:
“We cast a pretty wide net. It’s always based on people who’ve done things that we thought were interesting, at any level. We haven’t hired anybody who’ve never done a feature before, but what gets you in the room is doing interesting work in television and interesting work in features, both of which they’ve done. And then it’s about the conversation and the vision that we see.”
“For us, what Anna and Ryan have done so spectacularly well in all of their movies, albeit on a much smaller scale than they’re about to do, is create a singular character journey. The stories they’ve told have been so diverse, but regardless of the subject matter, they can dive into it and hone in on that character’s journey.”
Feige went on to explain how the filmmakers plan to make a powerful, near invincible being like Captain Marvel a compelling character:
“That’s a big part of the story line we’re putting together, and it’s certainly been a big part of the development conversation. It’s also where Boden and Fleck can really make their mark: Ultimately, the real stakes of the film have to do with who Captain Marvel is — a human pilot named Carol Danvers, granted superhuman abilities — rather than what she can do.
Particularly for Captain Marvel, which is going to have a lot of spectacle, it ultimately needs to be about the three-dimensional, multilayered Carol Danvers character. You have to be able to track her and follow her and relate to her at all points of the movie, regardless of how many visual effects and spaceships and bad guys are filling the frame. That’s what’s important.”
One of Marvel Studios' keys to success has already been their ability to take skilled directors with no giant films on their resume and turn them into blockbuster producing sensations. I have no reason to believe Captain Marvel will be any different.
Captain Marvel hits the big screen on March 8, 2019.
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