It's got a talented creative team behind it
Captain Marvel will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the indie filmmaking duo behind films the Oscar-nominated Ryan Gosling character study Half Nelson, the baseball drama Sugar, and the gambling movie Mississippi Grind. They'll be making history, too, as Boden will be the first woman to direct a Marvel film. Boden and Fleck's prior works are small-scale, naturalistic stories told with nuance and care -- pretty different than the standard special effects-driven Marvel fare. Like many previous Marvel directors, Boden and Fleck also have TV experience, having helmed episodes of shows like Billions, The Affair, and The Big C. The pair started shooting at the end of January 2018.
In an interview with Collider, the pair referenced a handful of classic action films, including RoboCop and Terminator 2, that they drew inspiration from while filming Captain Marvel. ("It is not a dark movie in that way like RoboCop," clarified Boden.") They also name-checked two Gene Hackman movies from the 1970s -- The French Connection and The Conversation -- while discussing their work on the project.
The writing credit on the film's poster indicates that Boden and Fleck have a "screenplay by" credit along with Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider) and Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle). Marvel's collaborative writing process makes the credits always a bit complicated; there's also a "story by" credit for Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and the team of Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Race). Writers including Liz Flahive (GLOW), Carly Mensch (Weeds), and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have also worked on the projected at various points, but do not have a final credit on the film.