Nia DaCosta has reportedly joined the Captain Marvel 2 team and is set to direct the upcoming sequel. The news, which was first reported by Deadline, makes DaCosta the first Black woman to direct a movie in the Marvel Studios franchise.
DaCosta has been on a roll since directing her indie film Little Woods back in 2018. She was subsequently hand-picked by Jordan Peele as a co-writer and director for his Candyman remake, which is expected later this year. The film was originally set to hit theaters this June, but was postponed to an October release date due to COVID-19.
“I always loved horror when I was younger; I just loved all creepy films. Candyman was one of those movies that scared the sh*t out of me,” DaCosta said during a Vulture profile. “I remember it aligning so well with me being in middle school, although it came out a few years before I was in middle school. In the bathroom, people would either say ‘Bloody Mary’ or ‘Candyman.’”
“Today, I understand that it’s special because it has a Black antagonist in a very white space…” she added.
“I think there are a lot of narratives that get imposed on female filmmakers and filmmakers of color,” she said. “I know I personally get asked like, ‘Oh, you do you wanna read this script about this Black person?’ Or, ‘this script about the oppression of Black people?’” And I’m like, ‘Is it good?’”
“On the one hand it’s like, we definitely want a Black woman to tell the story about this Black woman,” she continued. “But it’s also sort of like, you can only tell those stories.”
DaCosta’s upcoming Captain Marvel sequel is slated for release in July of 2022.