Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are two college friends and colleagues who met while working on a student film project together. The two bonded over their shared love of film and directors and decided to begin collaborating on other projects. The two began in documentary but slowly began to move into the indie scene. In the early 2000s, the two began development on a script that later evolved into a well-received indie flick titled Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling. Their follow up films included Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Mississippi Grind.
In April 2017 the directing duo was approached with the opportunity of a lifetime. To direct the upcoming Marvel film, Captain Marvel. The two were actually previously considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy. It is interesting to see a pair known mostly for lower budget films or indie flicks chosen to represent a rather daring film for a billion dollar franchise.
While Captain Marvel is just the latest in a seemingly endless stream of films from the MCU, the film is the first, in recent years, to have a female-driven cast. That’s right. DC actually did something good first. So why give such a, in the marketing department’s minds at least, risky film to two people who had never handled a big budget film? The answer is simple. They chose two people who would put the character first.
When Boden and Fleck were interviewed for the job, according to Kevin Feige, they had an innate understanding of the character Carol Danvers. They were able to speak about her as a standalone character rather than as simply an instrument in a larger narrative. The two were confronted with the interesting challenge of having to first film the character in a couple of scenes in both Infinity War films. Captain Marvel first appears at the beginning of End Game. This scene was shot before production had actually begun on the Captain Marvel solo film. Thankfully Boden and Fleck were brought in to direct Brie Larsen for this particular scene.
It is thanks to Boden and Fleck that Captian Marvel was the standout film that it was. Character driven, with themes that some people found to overt while others thought completely subtle. A film that divided many fans but overall brought to life an iconic character and combined a thoughtful performance with a strong script and insightful directing. It is my personal favorite million dollar Indie flick.