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Captain Marvel 2 will be directed by Candyman reboot director Nia DaCosta

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The Marvel cinematic universe gets its first Black female director

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Nia DaCosta is set to direct Captain Marvel 2, according to reports by Deadline and Variety. She will be the first Black woman to direct a Marvel film. DaCosta is also the director of the upcoming Candyman, a re-imagining of the 1992 film of the same name.

DaCosta first rose to prominence with the 2019 indie film Little Woods, a Western-inspired crime thriller which starred Tessa Thompson as a woman dealing with drug trading to provide for her younger sister. Candyman, which DaCosta co-wrote with Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), was originally set to release in July but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An elaborate trailer for the film, released in June, features spooky puppets and served as a prequel for the upcoming feature.

The original Captain Marvel was helmed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and established Carol Danvers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe just in time for the final films of Phase 1. Captain Marvel 2’s script is written by Megan McDonnell, who is a staff writer for the Disney+ show WandaVision.

Captain Marvel 2 is part of an upcoming slate of Marvel Studios films, including The Eternals, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. These release windows have been delayed due to the pandemic, and Captain Marvel 2 is currently set to debut on July 8, 2022.

Polygon has reached out to Disney for comment and will update this story if we receive more information.