How a false story about 'Guardians of the Galaxy' back in 2012 might have helped the 'Captain Marvel' directors land the job

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  • “Captain Marvel” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck set the record straight about the rumours they were considered for the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
  • Boden told Business Insider that they were never in the running but that the reports might have helped them get on the radar of Marvel Studios.

“Captain Marvel” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are currently enjoying the biggest box-office success of their careers. The filmmakers are known best for small indies like “Half Nelson” and “Mississippi Grind,” but their first Marvel movie, released over the weekend, earned a gigantic $US153 million domestically. That is the third-best March opening and the seventh biggest opening all time for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title.

How did this indie duo end up making a big Hollywood movie? Well, being falsely linked to another MCU title might have helped.

Back in 2012, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that James Gunn was the frontrunner to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the trade reported that other filmmakers in the mix for the job were Peyton Reed, who had not yet taken on the “Ant-Man” movies for Marvel, and Boden and Fleck.

But in a recent interview, the filmmakers told Business Insider that wasn’t the case.

“The truth is we were never considered for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ It was misprinted,” Boden said. “I think there was another directing team that had been considered. So what ended up happening is they printed that story and our agent called and was like, ‘Hey, what’s this?'”

All of a sudden they unwittingly had a foot in the door to a world they never thought they could get into. Eventually, they got a meeting at Marvel Studios to see if their style could mesh with the Goliath. That then evolved into numerous pitch sessions for the “Captain Marvel” job. And the rest is history.

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“That might have actually been what made Marvel aware of us,” Boden said of the misprinted 2012 story. “Maybe in some weird way this is how we ended up getting this job years and years later.”

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