Nia DaCosta to helm ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ become first Black woman director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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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, according to Variety.

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,” according to Variety.

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.

In June, DaCosta released a shadow-puppet short film preview of “Candyman” that underscored how her film drew from, in her words, “the intersection of white violence and black pain,” Variety reports.

Other helmers considered for the “Captain Marvel 2” director’s gig included Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) and Jamie Babbit (“Russian Doll”), according to Variety, despite ongoing uncertainty about how big-budget productions are going to be filmed in light of the pandemic.

-BAM

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