Captain Marvel directors discuss refreshing the origin story


Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden had this to say about their vision of the origin story for the Captain Marvel movie.

In time for the release of Captain Marvel, which is a couple months from now in March. Fandango dropped an exclusive interview at the center of their advance ticket sale offer in promotion of the film by Marvel Studios. Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck revealed about feelings towards their movie and exchanged views on the origin story of Captain Marvel as a whole, played by Brie Larson as the Kree/Human hybrid Carol Danvers.

Boden and Fleck were asked how far they were of their product. Both assured them that it will be ready soon and the near-complete film is being improved. “They’ll have to drag it out of our hands,” Fleck joked. Fandango insisted on drawing out more details from both directors on the upcoming installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, responding to feedback and supposedly test audience’s reactions. The movie ticketing service went on to question the pair about what is going to be surprising about their take on Captain Marvel’s story. Boden replied:

"“I think one of the really fun things about movie, because it is an origin story, is that it’s not your traditional origin story. What’s going to be fun and surprising for an audience is going to be uncovering the mystery of how this particular superhero got her powers and because who she is, along with [being] on a journey with this character. It was a really fun way to make a movie, a really fun way to imagine an origin story, because it has this non-traditional structure. I think it’s going to be a fun ride for people.”"

Adding on to the subject of reinvention in origin stories, Marvel Comics had recently published a limited comic book series entitled The Life of Captain Marvel, as reported on the fourth issue of that arc; it had a huge reveal centering on Carol’s mother and lineage. Margaret Stohl, the writer of that series, insisted that rather than it being a “reinvention” it is more of a different perspective. Stohl also stated it would bear some similarities with the upcoming 2019 film. How similar? That may have to wait until the film’s release to make that examination, but it is presumed not to be far off. My suggestion is to keep well away from the Internet until March.

Fandango discussed the de-aging technology in the movie, about the target audience for girls and women of all ages and collaborative process with a male and female director at the helm on their approach to the female protagonist, asking whether Fleck had to step back. “You know, I’m happy to say that Captain Marvel has been a collaboration of so many amazing women and amazing men,” Boden replied modestly. Fleck added:

"“I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever taken a step back on this process. You know, Anna and I have made a few movies now together, and this movie’s a little different, but I think our collaboration has grown over the years. It has been really fun to watch Anna take control of this project in a way that is the visual effects, and the ginormity of everything we’re dealing with.”"

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Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, Clark Cregg and Jude Law. The ninth installment of Phase Three is being co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a screenplay co-written by them and includes Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Kevin Feige and Lars P. Winther are producing for Marvel Studios under Walt Disney Studios. The Captain will take flight to our big screens on Mar. 8.