‘Captain Marvel 2’ Names Nia DaCosta as Director: What Is She Known For?

With the release dates of future Marvel Cinematic Universe films (specifically Black Widow) uncertain, almost any superhero movie news is good news. The latest is that filmmaker Nia DaCosta is set to direct the upcoming sequel Captain Marvel 2Here’s why this is a historic announcement, and what fans should know about DaCosta.

‘Captain Marvel’ was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

The first Marvel film with a woman in the top-billed slot was Captain Marvel. In March 2019, the movie premiered as a lead-in to the record-breaking Infinity Saga conclusion Avengers: Endgame. Starring Brie Larson, the film was helmed by a duo, like Infinity War before it and Endgame following.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed the feature, and are also credited as co-writers. Fleck and Boden previously did the same on films SugarIt’s Kind of a Funny Story, and Mississippi Grind. Boden was also the editor on these projects, a role she did not carry out for Captain Marvel. She was the first female director of an MCU movie.

The pair did not sign on for the sequel

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden attend the 'Captain Marvel European Gala' on February 27, 2019, in London, England.
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden attend the ‘Captain Marvel European Gala’ on February 27, 2019, in London, England. | Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Captain Marvel brought in over $1 billion at the box office internationally, a feat that had never been accomplished by a female-led superhero film before it. (DC’s Wonder Woman came close, with $821 million). Given its success, a sequel was all but guaranteed.

After months of reports, Captain Marvel 2 was confirmed as part of Marvel’s slate in April 2020, along with a release date of July 8, 2022. In a previous announcement, it was revealed that Boden and Fleck had not signed on to the sequel, and the screenplay was to be written by Megan McDonnell.

Nia DaCosta is the first Black woman to helm a Marvel film

Nia DaCosta attends the premiere of 'Little Woods' on April 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Nia DaCosta attends the premiere of ‘Little Woods’ on April 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Presley Ann/Getty Images

On August 5, 2020, the announcement finally came that a director had been chosen for Captain MarvelDeadline reported that Nia DaCosta has the job. Not only is she the first woman to direct a Marvel film solo, but she is the first Black woman at the helm of an MCU feature film.

Before DaCosta had a chance to comment, many praised this decision. “It is one thing for Black filmmakers to get hired to make studio films with Black stars,” wrote journalist Marc Bernardin on Twitter. “That took long enough to make a reality. But this…this is the next step. This is huge. And it is welcome.”

What other projects has DaCosta worked on?

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DaCosta has a relatively short list of credits to her name. Her first feature film, Little Woods, was released in 2018. Starring Tessa Thompson (who portrays Valkyrie in the MCU) and Lily James (who is reportedly dating Captain America actor Chris Evans), the movie was funded by a Kickstarter.

More recently, DaCosta has made waves for her upcoming movie Candyman, which has billed as a spiritual sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. From Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, it stars a DC actor, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (also of HBO’s Watchmen). The film is set to hit theaters in October 2020.