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Nia DaCosta is making history. DaCosta will be the new director of “Captain Marvel 2”, making her the first black woman to ever direct a Marvel Studios movie. Having a black woman direct a Marvel film is huge knowing it’s a woman superhero.
According to Variety, “ DaCosta is the fourth woman, and the first Black woman, to direct a Marvel Studios picture, following Boden, Cate Shortland (“ Black Widow”), and Cholé Zhao (“Eternals”), part of Marvel Studios’ continued push for broader inclusion in its top creative positions”.
Nia Dacosta is known for her debut film,“ Little Woods” that was released in 2019. It is now streaming on Hulu. She also directed the reboot of the 1992 black horror film, “Candyman”, co-written by Jordan Peele. Everyone has been waiting for the new film, Candyman since the trailer came out. It was supposed to be released this year, but due to the pandemic, it is set to be released next year according to IMDb.
Dacosta directing a Marvel movie is big news because not many Black women direct major comic book movies. Writer Yohana Desta from Vanity Fair states, “ DaCosta is also the latest Black woman director to grab the reins to a major comic book movie in recent years. Ava DuVernay took that step in 2018 when she was announced as the director for DC’s upcoming New Gods’ adaptation.”
The first Captain Marvel film was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, which was released in March 2019, grossed with $1.13 billion worldwide. Fleck went to Twitter to congratulate DaCosta, “ Congratulations @NiaDaCosta!!!!! Can’t wait to see where you take this! Anna and I are thrilled for you and wishing you the very best! Higher Further Faster! #CaptainMarvel2”.
Captain Marvel 2 is set to release in 2022. I can’t wait to see what Nia Dacosta has in store for us with her two films Candyman and Captian Marvel 2.