A recent article published by Variety reports that DaCosta moved to London to begin working on another film (the Tessa Thompson-led Hedda) while The Marvels was still in post-production. An anonymous source familiar with the production commented, “If you’re directing a $250 million movie, it’s kind of weird for the director to leave with a few months to go.” However, a new piece from Collider claims that DaCosta never actually left. Rather, the director was “very much involved in the editing process while based in London.”
Fandango’s Erik Davis also came to DaCosta’s defense on X (formerly Twitter). Davis corroborated Collider’s claim that DaCosta was heavily involved in post-production on The Marvels. “Nia DaCosta was only 30 when she got the gig — Marvel‘s youngest director ever. She’s a tremendous talent who is making history with [The Marvels],” he wrote. “If you don’t want to see the film, all good. If you want to see it, then have a great time. But let’s show Nia DaCosta some respect. She has earned it and then some.”
Davis pointed out that directors starting another project before their current one is finished is nothing new. He also reiterated that DaCosta “was still working on [The Marvels] from London,” and that claims she left the project are “not factually accurate.” “Do you know how many movies were directed via Zoom over the past few years?” he wrote. “Also Joss Whedon made a whole new movie right in the middle of making The Avengers and everyone praised him for it. Cut the woman some slack.”
The Marvels arrives in theaters this month
The Marvels serves as a sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel. It also follows up on the Disney+ original series WandaVision and Ms. Marvel. Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani reprise their roles as Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan, respectively.
An official synopsis reads as follows: “…Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as ‘The Marvels.'”
The Marvels opens in theaters on Friday, November 10.