Updated April 19, 2017 at 5:03 p.m. ET: Marvel has since confirmed the hiring of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel.
"Carol Danvers has a very nuanced, powerful story, so Marvel took time selecting the final directing duo. But ultimately Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s diverse body of work and ability and focus on character made the choice a winning one," said a Marvel statement. "Each of their films exhibit nuanced, fascinating performances and a deeply-felt sense of character, all which will fuel the pairs passion around telling Carol Danvers’ Story."
Original Story: Just days after Kevin Feige promised a announcment was coming soon, Variety has apparently jumped the studio by reporting that Mississippi Grind directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been hired to direct Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel. Brie Larson was previously cast in the titular role as announced by the studio last July, with filming scheduled to begin February 2018 for a March 8, 2019 release date.
Boden and Fleck are a writing/directing duo who, in addition to 2014's Mississippi Grind, also created 2006's Half Nelson and 2008's Sugar. The duo broke into Hollywood after winning a prize at 2004's Sundance Film Festival for their short film Gowanus, Brooklyn.
According to Variety's unnamed sources, Marvel met with several contenders but "not only wanted to make sure that the search was thorough but that the script was in the right shape before tapping who would direct it."
Marvel has put forth an exhaustive search for the right director for Captain Marvel, having reportedly considered numerous candidates, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stating in April 2016 they'd announce a director "in a month or two," then in October saying that Marvel would announce a director "by the end of the year."
Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) are currently writing Captain Marvel.
It was previously reported that Brie Larson will debut as Captain Marvel in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War before seguing to her own solo film, as Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther and Tom Holland's Spider-Man did with Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel has not confirmed the report.