The next few years are going to be very busy for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Currently, Marvel is in the middle of what they call Phase 3 (this started with Captain America: Civil War), which serves as the culmination of years of work and connected franchises. 2017 will see the release of next month's Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, July's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok. Director Ryan Coogler will bring Black Panther to the screen in 2018 and Peyton Reed will return for Ant-Man & The Wasp, but the real event will be Avengers: Infinity War, set to hit theaters in May 2018. The film, which will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, will bring together all of Marvel's characters and franchises for a giant showdown, one that will continue in the still-untitled Avengers 4 in 2019. So yes, that means the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and even Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury will be fighting side-by-side to take down Josh Brolin's Thanos. In addition to all of these previously established characters, Infinity War will also serve as our introduction to Brie Larson's Carol Danvers, also known to comic book fans as Captain Marvel. The beloved character will be getting her own solo adventure in 2019 before Avengers 4, and today, a critical piece of the puzzle came together for the hotly-anticipated film.
After months of buzz and rumors (what's new in Hollywood?), Variety's Justin Kroll exclusively revealed that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will be directing Captain Marvel for the studio. The pair of filmmakers previously directed Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Mississippi Grind, indie films that gained quite a bit of traction with critics. Boden will be Marvel's first female director, working from a script by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. According to Variety's report, Marvel executive Kevin Feige met with the pair of filmmakers multiple times, finding their pitch to stand out from the competition. This choice has been met with a mixed reception from the Marvel community, and while I certainly don't know what Boden and Fleck will bring to the table, I absolutely adored Mississippi Grind. I named that Ryan Reynolds/Ben Mendelsohn gambling flick as the most underrated film of 2015, and I loved the casual nature and character work. Boden and Fleck are obviously working on a much larger scale, but I have a feeling that they'll be able to pull this off nicely.
Captain Marvel will debut on March 8, 2019, but the character will be making her MCU debut on May 4, 2018, when Infinity War smashes into theaters.
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