You'll Only Be Half Disappointed With Who's Directing Captain Marvel

Marvel likes to plan things out far in advance.

The Times has confirmed that "Mississippi Grind" directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been tapped to helm the upcoming Marvel feature.

A lot of names had been thrown around for Carol Danvers' solo debut, and I'm not sure anyone in the world had money down on Boden and Fleck. The two also worked on the 2006 film Half Nelson starring Ryan Gosling and also directed episodes of shows like The Affair and Billions.

Since the film was announced, Marvel indicated that it planned to have a woman direct the film. Due to its female lead, many on social media had hoped for a female director, like Warner Bros. did in choosing Patty Jenkins to direct "Wonder Woman". That doesn't mean other properties aren't available, however.

While attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Boden and Fleck both met on the set of student film.

At the same time, though, it is a step in the right direction of getting more women to direct bigger movies.

Much like filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo (the Captain America movies, Avengers: Infinity War), James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), and Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Boden and Fleck were picked to helm a Marvel movie after directing smaller-scale films. Nevertheless, it's a step.

One of Marvel's biggest priorities with the Captain Marvel project was courting a female director to take it on, and, at one point, the studio had rounded their list down to just three contenders including Niki Caro, Lorene Scafaria, and Lesli Linka Glatter.

Over the past few days, there's been speculation - thanks to an offhand comment at a recent press tour of Marvel Studio's offices - that a director for the Captain Marvel movie had been found.

  • Ernesto Newman