Nia DaCosta attends the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards at the Taglyan Complex on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark Von Holden /Invision/AP)

( — Nia DaCosta will be the new director of the sequel to “Captain Marvel, ” aking her the first Black woman to ever direct a Marvel Studios movie. The film will be released in the year 2022.

DaCosta is taking over from Anna Bodn and Ryan Fleck, who were the directors of the first installment of the box-office film. It comes as Marvel changes its directors in the sequel of movies such as Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America in hopes to give it a fresh take.

“Congratulations @NiaDaCosta!!!!!! Can’t wait to see where you take this! Anna and I are thrilled for you and wishing you the very best! Higher Further Faster! #CaptainMarvel2,” Fleck wrote on Twitter.

DaCosta has been on a roll since her directorial debut in the indie film “Little Woods.” She also directed the movie “Candyman,” which is being slated as a retelling of the 1992 film of the same title and co-written by Jordan Peele.

Candyman was supposed to be released this year but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been moved to 2021. A lot of people have already been anticipating its showing since the first trailer was released on the internet.

Moreover, Marvel tapping DaCosta for the film indicates their efforts to add diversity to their films, even those behind the camera.


Special to the AFRO