Ok, first up, the BIG news… Captain Marvel has a director! Well, directors, really…
Yes, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are the current favourites to direct the movie written but InsideOut scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman.
The duo are best known for Ryan Gosling’s Half Nelson (2006) and Ryan Reynolds’ Mississippi Grind (2015); they have also directed episodes of The Affair and Billions.
Word is Marvel execs met with the two numerous times and the pair impressed the studio time and time again with their vision for the heroine.
In related news…
Marvel Studios recently invited members of the press to a special tour of their studio in California.
It was during this tour that details of some upcoming marvel films were also released. The most notable of which being some new concept artwork for the studios first female led film Captain Marvel.
The artwork showed off actress Brie Larson in costume as the title character. Apparently, the costume seemed to be based on the famous cover of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel comic book. However, artist Andy Park did explain it was still in the stages of development.
It is not too clear exactly when these images will be released to the public but we may see a something be released prior to the release of Avengers: Infinity war, where Larson is set to make her Marvel debut.
While promoting Kong Skull Island, Larson talked to SciFiNow Magazine about her incarnation of Marvel’s most powerful hero. Larson began with caution: “There are a lot of iterations of [Captain Marvel]… so there’s going to be some people there who think this isn’t right” she explained.
“She’s a believer in truth and justice and she is a bridge between Earth and space… She’s fighting between the flaws that are within her and all this good that she wants to try and spread and make the world a better place. She can also fly and shoot things out of her hands. And she’s really funny!”
“Being a Marvel family member now, it’s still really surreal.” Larson explained, “I still can’t believe it to be honest.”
Since Larson was first confirmed as Captain Marvel she has taken the new attention with ease.
She has shown pictures of her reading the Captain Marvel comics on Instagram, and spoken to fans on twitter about her role. What seems to be noticeable is her level of commitment to the role. She clearly wants to do a good job, and yet she is also determined to break the boundaries of the stereotypical comic book superheroine.
“I think for me personally one of the things I’m excited about is the idea of female complexity,” she explained, “That’s what I’ve wanted to bring to every genre and every film that I’ve done. How can we come to understand the mystique of being female?”
Female roles in superhero films have always been under scrutiny. With many written badly, or acted horribly, the roles of women in superhero films have unfortunately been more background or lesser characters. Take the fact that there are only about three or four main female characters compared to over ten main male characters. There have been some that have admittedly stood strong, but it’s difficult to argue just how much of a difference there is between the male and female characters in the Marvel films.
Larson explained that “I think women are far more complicated and more interesting than just saying, ‘They’re like a dude, and that’s what makes them tough and that’s what makes them cool… That’s just not how it works, so to me it’s this idea of doing this film on this larger scale with really incredible, smart people behind it, with women behind it, that gives you an hour and a half, two hours to sit and see how different a woman can be.”
The film already sounds like it could be a game changer in the superhero genre, and with Captain Marvel as arguably the most powerful hero in the marvel universe, we should expect something very different to what we have seen before. I just hope Marvel don’t fall for their standard, simple badguy and poor character design.
Marvel’s current film line-up is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok all set for 2017 releases and Black Panther for a February 2018 release. These are all going to be released in the run-up to Avengers: Infinity War where we will likely first meet Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is set to be released in March of 2019