Captain Marvel: Anna Boden And Ryan Fleck Hired To Direct

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

With Brie Larson in place as the titular hero, we were wondering when Marvel would finally announce who will e directing Captain Marvel. Today, Variety brings the news that Mississippi Grind duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have the job.

After a lengthy search that has included a good number of female directors, the choice of the pair feels in keeping with the Marvel tactic of finding those who have worked in the indie field and elsewhere, but seemed ready to bring their talents to the MCU. Examples have included Guardians Of The Galaxy's James Gunn and Joe and Anthony Russo, who have tackled Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War and are at work on the two Avengers: Infinity War films.

Boden and Fleck come from the world of movies such as Half Nelson and Grind, but have also worked in TV on shows including Billions. According to Variety, they had a number of meetings with Kevin Feige and the Marvel team and impressed the bosses with their take on what to do with the character. Guardians' Nicole Perlman and Inside Out's Meg LeFauve have been at work on the script, which will introduce the cinematic world to Carol Danvers, a skilled test pilot whose DNA is melded with that of Kree warrior Mar-Vell. Subsequently, she gains powers such as flight, enhanced strength, damage resistance and the ability to absorb and re-channel energy.

Captain Marvel is targeting an 8 March, 2019 release in the UK, so now the work really starts...