Kevin Feige had some very specific reasons for tapping the directing duo for Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is in the early days of pre-production. Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were tasked with writing the screenplay a few years ago, and now, the project has found its directors in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Like many Marvel directors, they weren’t exactly the first names that people would think of. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has now shed some light on the decision to hire them.
In an interview with Vulture, Feige revealed that the studio looked at a variety of directors and that they continued to use their method of hiring people who have not merely done blockbusters, but just interesting work:
"“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.”"
Feige then explained that it was their ability to handle characters that made Boden and Fleck right for the job:
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"“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.”"
He also stressed that making the title character multidimensional would be vital to the film:
"“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.”"
Finally, he also added that the two can create the proper stakes for a powerful character like Captain Marvel:
"“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.”"
All of Feige’s points make complete sense. The two directors have definitely done varied and compelling work, and they are also skilled in creating layered characters. This will be the first effects-heavy film that the pair has ever done, so it will be definitely interesting to see how their approach to character meshes with the spectacle of the movie.
Captain Marvel arrives in theaters on March 8, 2019.