Captain Marvel 2: Candyman's Nia DaCosta Reportedly Chosen to Direct

Lawrence Kim
August 6, 2020

Released in March 2019, the film was a box office smash, grossing over $1.128 billion at the global box office on its estimated $175 million budget, becoming the first female-led superhero film to pass the billion-dollar mark, and garnered generally positive reviews from critics who praised the performances of the cast, namely that of Larson.

While it may unrelated, what's rather interesting about the decision to choose Nia DaCosta to direct Captain Marvel 2 is that Captain Marvel 2 has been rumored to be a cosmic horror movie, with the horror part fitting in with Candyman. Marvel had no comment on the hiring of DaCosta, who is repped by CAA. After Larson returned to the role in the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios Chief Creative Officer and President Kevin Feige announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con that a sequel was in development and slated for a July 8, 2022 release.

DaCosta "seemed to have the edge" over several individuals that the studio met with, Deadline reports. Following that, she boarded Candyman, a direct sequel to the same-named 1992 movie which stars Tony Todd, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris, as well as has Jordan Peel producing. That kind of strong character writing can only help with Captain Marvel, a movie that hit all the beats of the Marvel formula but fell a little flat on the character (and action) front. The rising filmmaker is slated as being the next coveted director in Hollywood, and it's reported that she is the first Black woman to ever act as a director of a Marvel feature of this caliber.

With Brie Larson back as the titular superhero - AKA human fighter pilot Carol Danvers, who gains her powers from an explosion of a Kree engine fitted to the plane she'd been flying - and WandaVision's Megan McDonnell wrote the script for the follow-up.

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