Although Captain Marvel won’t come to theaters until 2019, that doesn’t mean that Marvel hasn’t already secured two people to helm the movie.
Marvel likes to plan things out far in advance. That includes directors. According to Variety, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will help Carol Danvers make it to the big screen for Captain Marvel.
If you don’t recognize their names, Boden and Fleck usually work together anyway. Most recently, they’ve directed a few episodes of Billions as well as the film Mississippi Grind together. In other words, Captain Marvel, a big-budget flick, represents a serious step up for the both of them.
Variety also notes that Marvel specifically looked for a woman to direct Captain Marvel. While the sentiment is admirable, hopefully it’ll lead to another woman directing a male superhero sooner rather than later instead of only directing movies starring female superheroes. It seems like neither Marvel nor DC, which has Patty Jenkins directing Wonder Woman, have quite made that leap just yet.
For example, Guardians of the Galaxy might be James Gunn’s domain through to the already-announced third movie. That doesn’t mean other properties aren’t available, however. Additionally, some might take pause at the fact that Boden will work together with Fleck instead of doing the entire film on her own.
At the same time, though, it is a step in the right direction of getting more women to direct bigger movies. It may not be a big step, especially considering how many Marvel films stand between us and Captain Marvel. Nevertheless, it’s a step. Perhaps Boden will open the door for other women to work on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as directors.
As of this writing, it doesn’t appear as though Marvel itself has confirmed anything about Captain Marvel‘s directors.Variety writes that they had no comment from the studio with their own report.
Captain Marvel currently has a March 8, 2019 release date.