Candyman’ director Nia DaCosta to direct ‘Captain Marvel’ sequel

By taking the reigns, DaCosta will be the first Black woman to direct a Marvel film

“Little Woods” Writer and Director Nia DaCosta speaks with press about her film (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images)

Screenwriter and director, Nia DaCosta, is lending her skill to the creation of Captain Marvel 2. This will make her the first Black woman to direct a Marvel feature film.

The Captain Marvel sequel will be directed by DaCosta and again feature Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot turned superhero. This new film is rumored to further extend into the ever-expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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DaCosta’s first big-screen film, Little Woods, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. Woods tells the story of the opioid addiction in middle America and difficult it is to stop drug dealing. She cast MCU veteran Tessa Thompson to help communicate her vision as the directer and screenwriter.

Thompson serves as one of the first professional connections DaCosta has to the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Tessa Thompson of Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel.
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Thompson was originally introduced to the Marvel franchise, as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, and she returned in Avengers: Endgame.

Another MCU vet joining the sequel is writer, Megan McDonnell. McDonnell has written for other Marvel cinematic adaptations, including WandaVision, a series featuring Candy Man’s Teyonah Parris

Jordan Peele’s Candy Man, slated to make its debut in 2020, has another point of connection to DaCosta. She was one of the writers on the film and brought together DaCosta and Parris.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
(L-R) Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris of Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel on July 20, 2019.
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

So the writer, Megan McDonnell, for Captain Marvel 2 wrote Teyonah Parris’ new project, WandaVision. Parris is in the new film Candy Man with the new director of Captain Marvel 2, DaCosta.This proves that in Hollywood, the six-degrees of separation concept is true.

But Parris also has a connection to the Captain Marvel franchise.

Parris plays in WandaVision, an adult Monica Rambeau, a superhero character introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a child in the first Captain Marvel. Rambeau is Lashana Lynch’s on-screen daughter. The original cast also includes Annette Bening, Gemma Chan, Jude Law, and Ben Mendelsohn, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

READ MORE: WATCH: Lashana Lynch reveals her favorite aspects of her ‘Captain Marvel’ character, Maria Rambeau

Many movie release dates have been pushed back due to guidelines in place to combat COVID-19. Captain Marvel is set to release July 8, 2022.

Other upcoming MCU movie releases include Black Widow (November 6, 2020), Thor: Love and Thunder (February 11, 2022), Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022), and more.

The first Captain Marvel film opened in March 2019, earning $1.1 billion globally and helped to lead the Marvel franchise into Avengers: Endgame, which premiered in April 2019.

Captain America 2 will be Dacosta’s first endeavor into the MCU.

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