After months of anticipation, Marvel has finally revealed their directorial picks for the upcoming Captain Marvel, which is set for a 2019 release. From the directors of 2006’s Half Nelson – which earned Ryan Gosling his first Oscar nomination – Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been selected to helm the upcoming superhero film, which stars Brie Larson as the titular Captain Marvel. Marvel’s decision to go with Boden and Fleck is no surprise, since the studio has a habit of taking chances on more independent filmmakers to handle their movies; recently, directors like Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) and Taiki Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) have joined the Marvel family.
Boden and Fleck’s background in character-driven dramas makes them a perfect choice for this origin story, which is most likely going to be one of the most important films of the post-Infinity War projects that will end up setting the stage for a fourth Avengers film in May of 2019. The announcement is also reminiscent of when Marvel brought on the Russo Brothers to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier, who had a heavy background in comedy television. Boden and Fleck have a history directing for both HBO and Showtime, including shows like In Treatment, Billions, Looking, and The Affair.
It makes sense that Marvel wants to attract directors who are familiar with both mediums. A big part of their media rollout involves revisiting the films once they’ve hit DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming sites. A lot of people complained in 2012 when The Avengers was released in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, which is mostly reserved for television shows and lower budget comedies, but it ended up working in their favor when the film made a splash on Netflix as a streaming release. This is all to say, it’s clear that Marvel is still planning years in advance, and continues to corner the franchise market more effectively than anyone else in the business today.
Meanwhile, in regards to the film itself, fans were treated to a more in-depth look at the costume that Brie Larson will be wearing as Captain Marvel throughout the film. Marvel has done a great job at keeping details under wraps and, in an era of internet gossip that seems to never end, that’s something to be admired. What we do know is that the costume will reflect the one seen in the comics, with a focus on establishing Captain Marvel as a force to be reckoned with. According to a write-up in ScreenRant:
The keyframe art showed Captain Marvel in a suit that mirrored her most current comic book incarnation, down to the color scheme and emblem on her chest. The suit was not as thin and skintight as the comics version, though, and, instead, appeared plated, “kind of like Batman’s ‘Dark Knight’ suit.” The costume did not include Captain Marvel’s helmet, nor was Larson’s hair styled as a mohawk. The suit looked “practical and layered,” similar to the costume donned by the movie version of Captain America, though “more streamlined and space-y.”
This is more or less in line with Marvel’s current approach to costuming; sleek, stylish, practical. Above, you can see an interpretation of an illustration that was presented by Ant-Man director Peyton Reed when Marvel Studios opened its doors to the press last Monday. While the image above isn’t the exact one presented by Marvel, artist Dave Keenan gave us what he says is a very similar illustration to the one seen during the presentation.
This is literally all we know about the movie right now, which is kind of exciting when it seems like all the information in the world is at your fingertips at all times. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Captain Marvel, and let us know in the comments what you think about the decision to bring on Boden and Fleck as directors, and of the illustration depicting Captain Marvel’s costume!
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