Apparently, as Deadline has reported, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who had written as well as directed the first installment of the Captain Marvel franchise, will no longer be at the helm of the sequel.
Marvel is reported to be interested in an indie film director named Nia DaCosta, who is gearing up to release her upcoming horror flick Candyman. Marvel head Kevin Feige has already met the director, and DaCosta is currently the favorite to steer the wheel for Captain Marvel’s next installment.
Megan McDonnell has reportedly already written a script. She has also been a staff writer of Disney Plus’s WandaVision. Nia DaCosta is a talented director who is known for directing independent films and, in 2019, released her first feature film titled Little Woods starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James. Previously she had directed a couple of episodes of British crime drama titled Top Boy.
These are exciting times for DaCosta, who is eagerly awaiting the release of her upcoming film Candyman written by the famed writer of Get Out, Jordan Peele.
This has been a new addition to the movement started by Hollywood to give female directors a chance to prove their virtuosity. This is the third case where a female is directing a superhero film after Chloe Zhao of Marvel’s upcoming Eternals and Cathy Yan, who was with DC’s Birds of Prey.
Just to jog up your memory, Captain Marvel was released on 8th March 2019 and had bagged around 1.1 billion US dollars from the box office, making it the highest-grossing female-led superhero film.
Marvel is also in the hunt for a new face of the franchise after both Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evan bid farewell to the most successful franchise of the 21st century in 2019. Before Avengers Endgame, Joe Russo did publicly state that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so perhaps Brie Larson might be the one to take Robert Downey Jr. place as the face of the franchise.
However, she has serious competition with talented actors like Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, and Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange, is also loved by all.
Kevin Feige stated in 2019 that there were 20 films waiting in line for Marvel Phase 4 plans, and they are highly committed to creating more powerful female characters in the future.