'Mississippi Grind' directors sign on for 'Captain Marvel'

Variety is reporting that Mississippi Grind directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will be the ones to pilot Carol Danvers into her first adventures in the MCU.

Many names were rumored for the job since Larson was formally announced for the title role at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016.

The outlet previously reported that the studio's shortlist of contenders for the Captain Marvel director's chair included Whale Rider director Niki Caro, as well as The Walking Dead and Homeland television series director Lesli Linka Glatter, and The Meddler and Seeking A Friend For the End of the World director Lorene Scafaria. Boden and Fleck's films have been generally well-regarded by critics.

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. Larson will be playing Carol Danvers, an Air Force officer who gains superpowers after her human DNA becomes fused with alien genes. Nerdist added that the concept art showed Carol using her energy projection and absorption abilities. Though the design kept Captain Marvel's signature eight-pointed star emblem square on the chest, its look and feel were more akin to Ant Man's suit than Iron Man's.

Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman also noted, "I think that making sure that Captain Marvel is not somebody who is a hero in spite of her femininity is really important".

A lot can change in that time, though, and now a new report suggests the studio has decided on a different director to helm the project - two directors, in fact.

And for Marvel, this is nearly glaring, not only in the fact that the current lineup only has two female heroes, but its first female-led superhero solo movie won't be out until 2019.

  • Salvatore Jensen