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Nia DaCosta To Direct ‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel For Marvel Studios

It’s safe to say Nia DaCosta is having one hell of a year and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

Deadline reports that the Candyman director has been hired to direct the sequel to Captain Marvel by Marvel and Disney studios. DaCosta (now the first Black woman to helm a Marvel film) will be taking over directing duties from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

WandaVision writer and story editor Megan McDonnell wrote the script for the Captain Marvel sequel and Larson is set to reprise the role as well.

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Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson in the titular role, was both a critical and financial success as Marvel’s first woman-led superhero film, and the first to be co-directed by a woman (Boden). You can read our review from the 2019 film.

The first film introduced Carol Danvers, a Kree warrior, who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. After an incident she lands on Earth in 1995. She has recurring memories of a life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers and soon discovers nefarious reasons are behind her memory loss. With help from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Carol uncovers the secrets of her past and learns to harness her special superpowers to end the war with the Skrulls.

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Since it is early days in the pre-production of Captain Marvel 2, it has not been either confirmed or hinted at that Monica Rambeau will be featured in this movie. Teyonah Parris was cast to play the older version of Rambeau for Disney+’s WandaVision. The role was originally brought to the big screen by Akira Akbar. Parris and DaCasta already have a working relationship as Parris leads the upcoming Candyman alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

The hiring of DaCosta also signals the shift in the MCU as they diversify their slate on and off screen. Although things are at a standstill due to the ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic, Marvel has a number of films in the works. Chloe Zhao’s Eternals is nearly complete and Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Shi is gearing up to go back into production. Cate Shortland’s Black Widow (presumably Scarlett Johansson’s last outing as the titular character) is currently awaiting an appropriate release strategy. Marvel also has a slate of TV shows set to hit Disney+ later this year.

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