Captain Marvel 2 Will Be the First Marvel Film Directed by a Black Woman


Captain Marvel will be flying back into theaters with a sequel over three years after it first premiered. While Brie Larson will reprise her role as the titular hero, she won’t be the only super-powered woman onscreen; two new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—notably, both women of color—will be teaming up with her too. The director, Nia DaCosta, also breaks ground off-screen as the first Black woman to helm a Marvel film.

Here, we’ve gathered everything we know so far about Captain Marvel 2.

It will be released on November 11, 2022.

We’re still about two years away from the next installment of Captain Marvel, sadly. It was originally scheduled for July 8, 2022, but now that Black Panther 2 will debut on that date, Carol Danvers’s next chapter will take a fall release.

Nia DaCosta will direct, becoming the first Black woman to helm a Marvel flick.

DaCosta’s big gig was first reported in August, but she and Disney made the news official with a wide announcement on December 10. The filmmaker behind Little Woods and the Jordan Peele-produced Candyman follows in the footsteps of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed 2019’s Captain Marvel.

DaCosta is the fourth woman to direct a Marvel feature—following Boden, Black Widow‘s Kate Shortland, and Eternals‘ Chloe Zhao—and the first Black woman to take on the job. Ryan Coogler became the first Black director of a Marvel film with 2018’s Black Panther. Stepping into a franchise historically dominated by white men, DaCosta is breaking ground.

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Ms. Marvel will be in the film.

Danvers will be joined Kamala Khan, the most recent iteration of Ms. Marvel in the comics. A Pakistani-American and Muslim teenager based in Jersey City, Khan will be brought to the screen for the first time with a Ms. Marvel TV show on Disney+ in 2021. Up-and-comer Iman Vellani plays the young hero in both the forthcoming series and the Captain Marvel sequel.

Teyonah Parris will star as grown-up Monica Rambeau.

Monica is the daughter of Danvers’s best friend Maria Rambeau (played by Lashana Lynch), who appeared in the first Captain Marvel movie. In the ’90s-set film, Monica was just a little girl (then played by Akira Akbar), but in the forthcoming sequel, she’ll be an adult played by Teyonah Parris (Chi-RaqDear White People).

Monica’s got superpowers too. According to Entertainment Weekly, she was first introduced in the comics in the ’80s and was the first Black woman to join the Avengers. Her powers, which she acquired from exposure to an energy blast, include flying, traveling at the speed of light, and transforming into pure energy, per EW. Monica has assumed many aliases throughout her history in the comics, including Captain Marvel (she actually took on the role before Carol Danvers), Photon, and more.

Before appearing in Captain Marvel 2, Parris’s Monica will be in the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, which centers on Avengers couple Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany).


From Harper’s Bazaar US

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