Nia DaCosta has made history by getting into the director’s chair for Captain Marvel 2. She is the first woman of colour to direct a Marvel Studios movie. DaCosta is the chosen one who has been blessed with a career path similar to directors Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton. She carries a big legacy and will also play a key role in shaping the upcoming Phase 5 of the MCU.
DaCosta takes the Captain Marvel baton from director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Amid much controversy, Brie Larson starrer Captain Marvel origin movie went on to write history in 2019 by being the first standalone female superhero movie to gross over $ 1 billion worldwide. Marvel Studios is known to experiment with sequel directors to improvise the production. Especially for Captain Marvel 2, they have been searching for a female director for a very long time.
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Captain Marvel: Higher Further, Faster
MCU’s Infinity Saga culminated with a farewell to its major heroes viz Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. Their departure leaves a big void in the ranks of the Avengers. And it also leaves us wondering who would lead the franchise going forward. Robert Downey Jr shouldered the franchise with numerous appearances and stand-alone movies. While it wasn’t clear initially but with new phases shaping up its clear that Brie Larson has the top billing as well as the mantle of the recipient of the MCU torch from RDJ.
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Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was introduced at an odd time between the Infinity Saga and Endgame movies. With a ’90s setting and a de-aged Samuel L Jackson, Marvel connected the dots for Larson’s MCU future and past. However, not knowing how the fans would respond to Captain Marvel, director Joe and Anthony Russo kept her involvement in the Endgame bare minimum.
This invariably meant that Carol Danvers’ story arc didn’t develop any substance despite two appearances. In contrast, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk went from Sakaar’s warrior Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok to the peak of Banner-Hulk conflict during the Infinity War in a similar number of appearances.
Captain Marvel’s Real Issues
In the past, Kevin Feige has touted Captain Marvel as the most powerful character by far in the MCU and stressed on Brie Larson’s larger role in the future phases. Meanwhile, fans have mixed feelings about Larson as Captain Marvel. While the response to her character is mostly positive, fans on both sides have issues with her portrayal.
Captain Marvel poses the same problem for Marvel as Superman does for DC. The sheer strength of Carol’s character and her powers minus any weaknesses makes it difficult to craft stories around her. Remember, Carol didn’t even flinch when Thanos head-butted her during the infinity battle and she single-handedly took care of his ship raining fire.
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Nia DaCosta has to find a way to counter Carol’s powers in the most believable way. To manage the feat is difficult but not impossible as Russo’s have shown us in the past with Thor’s story arc. The director duo exploited Thor’s habit to gloat that cost the universe half its population.
Similarly, there’s no doubt about Carol’s powers, which leaves the filmmakers with no option but to reduce her powers somehow, like they did with Kree chips in the first movie or by simply keeping her missing in action as happened during Endgame. This is only one part of the problem. Another is the story arc.
We don’t know Carol much despite what we have seen already. We have no sense of what she might do in a situation except a major photon blast. There’s, no doubt, a lot to explore for Nia DaCosta about the adventures of Captain Marvel in other galaxies. However, to see her full potential and persona while being relatable, we need to see Captain Marvel in a balanced story that belongs to earth and cosmos.
Carol Danvers’ MCU Future
In its latest rescheduling, Marvel Studios officially dated Captain Marvel for July 2022 release. The unprecedented move shows how the coronavirus has affected the MCU continuity. Soon it was followed by rumours of Captain Marvel 2 being a major crossover event like Captain America: Civil War. It’ll have cameos from various characters and will set up the next Avengers level threat for Young Avengers. According to Marvel Scooper Jeremy Conrad,
Captain Marvel 2 is meant to set the stage for whatever story that New Avengers movie will tell, much like how Captain America: Civil War in 2016 setup the Avengers status quo in Avengers: Infinity War two years later.
Furthermore, going by Marvel Studios’ functioning, it’s also speculated that Nia DaCosta will also go on to direct the Young Avengers movie after Captain Marvel 2, a transition similar to Russo brothers who went from directing Captain America: Civil War to last two instalments of the Avengers.
So, Nia DaCosta not only has Captain Marvel’s Superman issues to solve but a whole new breed of superheroes to nurture.