‘Captain Marvel’ Finds Directors in Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck (EXCLUSIVE)

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Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, has found its directors.

Marvel has tapped “Mississippi Grind” helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct the upcoming tentpole.

Since announcing that the Oscar winner would be playing the titular superhero, the studio has taken its time in finding the film’s director, initially courting several women to take the helm.


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Marvel was not available for comment.

The studio met with multiple contenders for the directing job, and sources say that Marvel not only wanted to make sure that the search was thorough, but that the script was in the right shape before signing a director.

Kevin Feige has an eye for tapping talent on the verge of breaking out, with James Gunn and the Russo brothers as prime examples, and that looks to be the case again with this duo.


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Execs met with the two numerous times and the pair impressed the studio time and time again with their vision for the heroine. Boden and Fleck have experience in both the TV and film world, which Marvel considers a strength.

Best known for their character-driven dramas like Ryan Gosling’s “Half Nelson” (2006) and Ryan Reynolds’ “Mississippi Grind” (2015), Boden and Fleck also directed episodes for such popular TV series as Showtime’s “The Affair” and “Billions.”

“Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script, which follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection, and flight.

Feige is producing the pic.

The directors are repped by WME and Management 360.

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  1. Dellie Q. says:

    Mississippi Grind was a really good movie. These directors got me excited.

    • Kevin Tran says:

      I agree. Haven’t seen Mississippi Grind nor Half Nelson but they’re the right choice to co-directed Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson. Wish they should have choose Lesli Linka Glatter to directed the film.

  2. The description of the origin sounds more like the comics than I had dared hope, after all the fuss about how her origin was “too much like Green Lantern.” In truth, her origin is like Green lantern only in the shallowest, most surface description. This leaves open the possibility of Mar-Vell, Marvel’s original Captain Marvel, may make an appearance. That character deserves some love.

  3. Spider says:

    Marvel is thinking outside the box! I’m intrigued…..

  4. Axe Financial says:

    I’d say it’s more their TV work that got them the job. The budget on Billions must be insane with those production values. There can’t be that much difference with a studio feature.

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