It was recently announced that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck would be directing the new Captain Marvel film. This was a surprise to some, as many previous directors had been prolific with a resume in the kind of film they were making. While Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have proven themselves with some great independent dramas, they are not the first directors to come to mind when you think Marvel Superhero movie. But, there's a reason they were hired to do the job. In a recent interview with /Film, Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, explained why they made the choice that they did:
"They came in many, many times and impressed us in the room with what they had to say about Carol Danvers. They live in New York and they would fly out at a moment's notice to come in and pitch on it, which always means a lot. Anna and Ryan had a strong sense of, not just the plotting and machinations of the plot, but on Carol's journey, which is the most important thing about the movie. We can help out with all the accouterments of action and sci-fi worlds, but we wanted someone who could really be a guiding hand to Carol and to Brie and to that journey, which is what the whole movie is about: someone becoming the most powerful being in the universe. You look at their work and like most of the directors we've hired, they're not giant, effects-drive action, but rather very unique and very personal character stories and character journeys. And very diverse, in terms of the subject matter they've chosen to tell and they nail it every time. I think they see Carol as another rich, three-dimensional character to explore, who just happens to be able to fly and punch through moons and to lead intergalactic teams."
It makes me so happy to see Marvel looking for people who have a desire and a connection with characters. It gives me hope for Captain Marvel and the rest of the MCU films that are being developed. To see my favorite characters handled with such care and love by writers and directors who connect with them in some way is much better than just making a movie built on hype and special effects.