Nia DaCosta Is ‘Captain Marvel 2’s Director, The First Black Woman To Direct A Marvel Film
Congratulations are in order for Nia DaCosta who was named as the director for the upcoming “Captain Marvel 2” film, making her the very first black woman to direct one of the films in the Marvel franchise! Nia DaCosta was the director and a co-writer for producer Jordan Peele‘s re-imagining of the horror film classic “Candyman” which is now set to be released in October.
Nia DaCosta was selected by Jordan Peele specifically to direct what is being dubbed as “Candyman 2020” after her 2018 independent film “Little Woods,” a Western crime thriller, received much critical acclaim from her peers, including a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The first “Captain Marvel” film was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and hit theaters in March 2019. The film went on to earn over $1 billion at box offices around the world. No official word just yet on the budget for the feature or when filming will begin amidst the current coronavirus pandemic that has caused the film industry to screech to a halt. Reportedly, Marvel had their eyes on having a female director for “Captain Marvel” sequel to apparently give the film a new perspective.
The moves come after actor Anthony Mackie, who was featured in the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon in Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “Captain America” films called out Marvel for its alleged lack of diversity. He said during a recent interview,
“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.
We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore. He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”
Anthony Mackie went on to suggest that Marvel reconsider its hiring practices and with their selection of Nia as the director of the “Captain Marvel” sequel, it appears that they listened:
“My big push with Marvel is hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men. Fine. I’m cool with those numbers for the next 10 years. Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for.”
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