Candyman director Nia DaCosta to helm Captain Marvel 2

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Marvel opts for a change in direction for the planned 2022 superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel 2, as Nia DaCosta takes the hotseat for the sequel.

In a move that’s become pretty commonplace for Marvel over the years, it’s opted to make a directorial change to its Captain Marvel franchise. The studio has announced (via Deadline) that Nia DaCosta, helmer of the greatly anticipated, upcoming Candyman reimagining, will be taking the hot seat for the 2022 superhero sequel.

The move continues DaCosta’s trajectory into larger scale projects following her debut project, the modern western, Little Woods and the upcoming Candyman. 

For Marvel, choosing to replace directorial duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who helmed the first film, is no great surprise. We’ve seen creative changes throughout almost all of the firm’s respective franchises. It seems that, until Marvel Cinematic Universe chief Kevin Feige is satisfied that each superhero saga has found a helmer that can fully maximise creative and commercial potential, such as James Gunn has done with the Guardians Of The Galaxy films, he’s happy to keep changing things up.

Whilst the first Captain Marvel movie was by no means a slouch at the box office, earning a mere $1.3 billion dollars, it’s likely that Marvel is keen to establish the Captain Marvel character as one of the MCU’s premier properties moving forwards, with so many of its established characters not returning after 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. 

With DaCosta’s appointment, the company has clearly signalled a step in that direction. More news on this one as we have it.


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