We're entering exciting new realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next few years. Not only will the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy be capped off by director James Gunn, indie filmmaker extraordinaire Taiki Waititi will be taking charge of Thor: Ragnarok and, next year, we'll be getting our first black Marvel superhero lead since Blade in the form of Black Panther.
Just as intriguing as all of those is the prospect of Marvel's first female-led superhero movie: Captain Marvel. Whilst the wait goes on (somewhat impatiently) for the solo Black Widow movie, the MCU is making amends by casting Oscar-winning Room actress Brie Larson in the role of Carol Danvers.
The movie is scheduled for release on 8th March 2019 and the directors have recently been confirmed as Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. Before getting onto that, here's what you need to know about the title character and the movie itself.
Who is Captain Marvel?
The aforementioned moniker is something of an umbrella term used to describe the various incarnations of the character. Danvers herself first appeared in March 1968 with her heroic alter-ego Ms. Marvel making her debut in January 1977. Danvers is a US Air Force pilot who in the #18 edition of Captain Marvel (released in November 1969) saw her genes being spliced with that of the alien Kree race, resulting in such powers as precognitive abilities, flying and energy manipulation.
Often credited as Marvel's foremost female hero she has had a major impact on Marvel chronology, eventually becoming associated with the likes of the Avengers and the X-Men.
Why is Brie Larson such good news?
Well quite apart from her extraordinary acting prowess (she won an Oscar for the devastating Room), Brie is also one of the most versatile actors in the business, capable of leaping from epic blockbuster (Kong: Skull Island) to dark comedy (Free Fire). Her acting range and skill is exactly what's needed to do justice to this iconic Marvel character.
Who are the directors?
Fleck and Boden continue the recent trend of indie directors jumping aboard the blockbuster bandwagon (see also the aforementioned James Gunn and Taiki Waititi). Their deft touch with character development has been plain to see in the likes of Half Nelson, which garnered an Oscar nomination for Ryan Gosling, the criminally underrated Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, and recent TV hit Billions with Damian Lewis.
Those are some seriously good credits, and a firm indication that this directorial powerhouse is more than enough to invest the Captain Marvel movie with more than enough quirky moments and hidden emotional depths.
Kevin Feige has given his seal of approval
The MCU big cheese (pictured above) has the final say over each filmmaker, and he has nothing but enthusiasm for Fleck and Boden, as the following interview with Fandango confirms.
"We met with lots and lots of people as we always do, and had multiple meetings, and Anna and Ryan just had an amazing way of talking about Carol Danvers and talking about her journey. We want filmmakers that can help us focus on and elevate the character journey so it doesn’t get lost amongst the spectacle. And there’s going to be a lot of spectacle in the Captain Marvel film."
He continues: "We’re pretty good at that at Marvel Studios, and have an amazing team that can help with that. But when we’re filling a director chair or chairs, we want people who are focused on the emotional journey, the humor, the surprising twists and turns of a singular character journey, which is what Captain Marvel is. They had the best handle on it. And when you look at the work that Ryan and Anna have done in the past, they are all amazing and very diverse character studies and journeys, and that impressed us."
How will the character be interpreted in the movie?
A lucky group of journalists in America were recently treated to a Marvel sneak peek of Brie Larson in character. Although the concept art has yet to be unveiled to the public, IGN reports the following: "Her costume and hairstyle are very close to the early issues of Kelly Sue Deconnick's run. Her dirty blonde hair is almost shoulder length. She did not sport the mohawk or upswept hairdo she has sometimes worn in the comics. It appeared perpetually windstrewn from flying about."
They also add: "The suit itself has that texturized look we've come to expect from any superhero movie suit now. There was some armor plating of sorts on it. The star symbol on her chest was metallic and looked more silver than gold. Otherwise the color scheme was the same but a bit more muted."
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