WEEK IN WOMEN: Nia DaCosta to helm CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Nia DaCosta will become the first Black woman director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she has been tapped to direct “Captain Marvel 2” for Marvel Studios.

DaCosta will succeed Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed last year’s Captain Marvel, which soared to a $426.8 million domestic gross and $1.13 billion worldwide.

Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room) will return as the high-powered superhero, also known as Carol Danvers. The sequel is currently scheduled to open in theaters on July 8, 2022, but all release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

DaCosta will direct the follow-up from a script by Megan McDonnell, a story editor on Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision

She becomes the fourth woman to direct a Marvel Studios blockbuster, following Boden, Cate Shortland (Black Widow, currently due out Nov. 6), and Chloé Zhao (Eternals. currently slated for Feb. 12), as Marvel continues to broaden the horizons of the director it hires for its superheroic films.

DaCosta broke out with last year’s independent modern Western “Little Woods,” starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, helping land the director’s chair on the new reimagined Candyman movie for Oscar-winning producer and co-writer Jordan Peele. Her Candyman reboot was originally slated to open in theaters June, according to Variety, but has been pushed to October due to the pandemic. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.