Director of the forthcoming ‘Candyman’ re-imagining, Nia DaCosta, has taken up the challenge to direct the Marvel sequel ‘Captain Marvel 2’.

DaCosta takes over the mantle from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck who directed the first in 2019. Brie Larson will return as the titular hero, also known as Carol Danvers.

It’s been reported that both Olivia Wilde (‘Booksmart’) and Jamie Babbit (‘But I’m a Cheerleader,’ ‘Russian Doll’) had previously been approached to take over the directors before Marvel chief Kevin Feige met with DaCosta over the weekend.

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Marvel Studios continue to build on their diversity pledge making DaCosta the fourth women to direct a Marvel film behind Boden, ‘Black Widow’ helmer Cate Shortland and ‘Eternals’ director Chloé Zhao.

DaCosta jump-started her career directing Tessa Thompson in ‘Little Woods’ which lead to the filmmaker landing the director’s chair for Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ which is now due for a release in October 2020. The highly anticipated feature ramped up the excitement when DaCosta released her own black and white puppet promo short during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.