Captain Marvel 2 director Nia DaCosta says Marvel Studios isn’t controlling of its filmmakers. The sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel, officially titled The Marvels, will see DaCosta take over as director from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Her first major feature as a director, Candyman, is now number one at the box office and being lauded by critics for thrilling visuals and poignant commentary. Though DaCosta isn’t taking time off and has been hard at work on the sequel to Captain Marvel.
Though The Marvels is still over a year away, excitement for Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) second solo outing has steadily been mounting as the supporting cast has grown. The latest reprisal, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, was confirmed last month when the actor posted a photo to social media. Danvers will be teaming up with several other heroes, including Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) who recently gained powers in WandaVision, and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) who will first be introduced in her own Disney+ series, Ms. Marvel.
While Captain Marvel 2‘s cast certainly provides a lot to get excited about, many are also looking forward to what Nia DaCosta, one of the most talented young directors in Hollywood, can bring to the MCU. On the latest episode of the Films To Be Buried With podcast hosted by Brett Goldstein (who plays Roy Kent on Ted Lasso), DaCosta opened up about her experience so far working with Marvel Studios, which she calls “a really gratifying experience.” Read what DaCosta had to say during the podcast below:
It’s just been a really gratifying experience, it’s probably the best experience I’ve had with a studio entity or just any kind of Big Brother entity. And for it to be with Marvel, which kind of… I think is kind of scapegoated in the industry- Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, you know, they control everything,’ and it’s like, well, they actually are really open and receptive and, like, hire you because they want you to be you. So it’s been really fun in that way.
The fact that The Marvels has been the best experience DaCosta has ever had with a studio is certainly saying a lot. Previously, DaCosta worked with a few smaller studios to make her feature directorial debut, Little Woods, in 2018. She most recently worked with MGM and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions to make her recent hit, Candyman. Hopefully, DaCosta’s gratifying experience with Marvel will shine through in the finished product when The Marvels hit theaters in November of next year.
For Captain Marvel 2, the studio is continuing its long-standing practice of hiring lesser-known indie directors to helm their blockbusters. Other Phase 4 examples so far include Black Widow‘s Cate Shortland, Shang-Chi‘s Destin Daniel Cretton, and Chloé Zhao for Eternals. While the general assumption is that studios wield enormous influence over their blockbusters as opposed to the filmmakers themselves, DaCosta’s comments on Marvel fly in the face of that idea. Perhaps that’s why the MCU has sustained such lasting success as a film franchise.
Source: Films To Be Buried With