Last week, it was announced that Nia DaCosta would be taking the reins from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel 2, slated for release in 2022. Although DaCosta's much anticipated Candyman film was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, her debut 2018 film Little Woods was received incredibly well, reaching an impressive 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hopefully this pattern of inclusivity continues to grow and spread into other film genres.
Whilst Captain Marvel was the first female superhero film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DaCosta's direction on the sequel will make her the first black female director of the MCU - a position long overdue - but incredibly important and positive nonetheless. It also means that phase four of the MCU will now have three female directors, a big step up from hiring Boden and Fleck as a duo for the first film. With representation on the big screen being discussed more and more often (as it should be), it seems like Marvel are slowly but steadily owning up to their mistakes in the past (I mean, Black Widow's outfit in those first few films really wasn't that practical now, was it). Hopefully this pattern of inclusivity continues to grow and spread into other film genres.
Although we still don't know much about the sequel, end-credit scenes of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) revealed Nick Fury to actually be in Space for the duration of the film, with a Skrull taking his place on Earth. Captain Marvel 2 could be set to explore just how that happened. Since the adult Monica Rambeau will be in the Disney+ series WandaVision, we can take a pretty educated guess that she'll be in Captain Marvel 2 as well. ScreenRant also pointed out that with DaCosta having worked with Tessa Thompson in Little Woods, a Valkyrie appearance could be very likely. Two space-queens being amazing all over the galaxy? It's about time.
Captain Marvel wasn't everyones cup of tea, but, space puns aside, that film meant the world to me. As a female fan of the MCU, characters like Tony or Cap never resonated with me. And whilst, yes, there was Black Widow, she seemed so confident and badass, so sure of herself and her ability to a level I never thought I would ever reach. Carol Danvers had an air of unknowing about her in the first film that I fell in love with. If she wasn't completely sure who she was but could fight like that, then so could I. With DaCosta now set to direct the sequel, the only way for Captain Marvel to go is up.
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