Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden express their support for Nia DaCosta, who will direct the next sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have expressed their support for Nia DaCosta, who will direct the upcoming sequel. Fleck and Boden successfully started the Carol Danvers story last year, introducing the audience to heroin in real action. Captain Marvel was an exciting step forward for UCM, with the first film starring a solo superhero. It was also an undeniable success, making it the fifth highest grossing film of 2019, with many praising Brie Larson's portrayal of the character. That's why it wasn't a surprise when Marvel confirmed its sequel just a few months after the first movie's release.
However, the next sequel will have some changes. The script is from another writer, Megan McDonnell, who also works on WandaVision for Marvel TV. Additionally, it was announced in January this year that Boden and Fleck would not be returning for Captain Marvel 2. Instead, as just revealed, DaCosta will direct the sequel. The director received rave reviews for her 2018 film debut with Little Woods, a movie starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James. However, DaCosta really did make a name for himself directing the Candyman sequel, due out this year.
Shortly after the announcement that DaCosta will direct Captain Marvel 2, Fleck expressed his enthusiasm for the news on Twitter, also speaking on behalf of Boden, as you can see below:
- ryan fleck (@ fleckryan1) August 6, 2020
This is not the first time that a new director has been hired for a UCM sequel. In fact, around the same time that it was revealed that Fleck and Boden would not be returning for Captain Marvel 2, director Scott Derrickson left Doctor Strange in the Madness Multiverse, citing creative differences. Instead, the film will be directed by Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi. Derrickson was equally kind at the time and called Raimi "a great choice." Both Captain Marvel 2 and the Doctor Strange sequel will be released in 2022, so Raimi and DaCosta will also have something else in common.
While there may be some disappointment from Boden and Fleck for not returning for the sequel, it's good to see their support for DaCosta. It's an exciting choice that will likely only increase the strength of the Captain Marvel franchise.
Marvel has had success in the past with director changes for later movies. The best example is probably Thor: Ragnarok, with director Taika Waititi bringing the character to life. From their comments, it seems that Fleck and Boden acknowledge that sometimes a change like this only guarantees that a beloved character like Captain Marvel will be able to live on screen much longer.
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