Marvel Studios’ sequel to Captain Marvel (2019) has landed a director and she’s coming in hot! Nia DaCosta, who helmed the neo-Western Little Woods and the upcoming Candyman, will take the reins of Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) story for the sequel currently set for release on July 8, 2022.

Depending on when Ava DuVernay’s DC movie, New Gods, opens, DaCosta may become the first black woman to helm a major theatrical superhero movie. Her joining the ranks of MCU directors speaks further to Marvel Studios’ commitment to inclusivity following the conclusion of the Infinity Saga with Avengers: Endgame (2019). DaCosta joins newcomers Cate Shortland (Black Widow), Chloe Zhao (Eternals), Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and returning directors Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther II) as filmmakers whose hiring promises a departure from Marvel Studios’ existing filmography, which has largely been dominated by white, male directors. Based on Little Woods, and what’s been seen from her highly anticipated Candyman remake, DaCosta’s take on Captain Marvel 2 doesn’t just hold the potential to bring a dynamic new energy behind the camera, but onscreen as well.

Nia DaCosta is a writer/director from New York City. Her debut feature film, Little Woods, is a complex family drama that made it’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. It won the Nora Ephron Award for ‘spirited and bold’ storytelling. Her script for Little Woods was one of the 12 projects chosen for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Her filmmaking has also received support from New York Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and the Time Warner Foundation.

DaCoast attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in part because Martin Scorsese was an alumnus. Later, she worked as a TV production assistant, which would place her on sets with Scorsese, as well as other major filmmakers such as Steve McQueen and Steven Soderbergh.

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