Feige: Why Boden & Fleck For “Captain Marvel”

Yesterday came the news that acclaimed “Half Nelson” and “Sugar” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck would take the helm of the upcoming “Captain Marvel” film.

It was a slightly unexpected but welcome choice, and in a recent interview with Fandango, Marvel chief Kevin Feige discussed with Fandango (via The Playlist) their director search and why he ultimately decided Boden and Fleck were the right ones:

“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.”

Brie Larson stars in the film which looks likely to go into production next year ahead of a 2019 release.