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Nia DaCosta reportedly joins Captain Marvel 2 as MCU sequel director

Published: 6/Aug/2020 5:54 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:15

by Isaac McIntyre

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Captain Marvel 2 has reportedly found its director in Nia DaCosta, who previously helmed 2020’s ‘Candyman’ reboot. The flagship Marvel sequel is currently in production, and is set for a July 8, 2022 release date.

American director and screenwriter DaCosta takes over the Brie Larson-led franchise from first-flick duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The original pair directed Captain Marvel’s cinematic debut to huge box office success.

The 2019 release marked the first time a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie was led by a woman in a leading role. It ended its release run having raked in $1.128 billion in the global box office. The all-but-guaranteed sequel was greenlit by MCU boss Kevin Feige in late July.

DaCosta first broke into the Hollywood mainstream with her 2018 thriller Little Woods, which the 30-year-old wrote and directed. Deadline, who first broke the news, reported DaCosta was Disney’s first choice for the Captain Marvel gig.

Brie Larson's first outing as Captain Marvel in the MCU made $1.128 billion world-wide.
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Brie Larson’s first outing as Captain Marvel in the MCU made $1.128 billion world-wide.

The ‘Candyman’ helmer may have won out in the end, but the Captain Marvel 2 director’s chair was hot property for some time. Marvel insiders tipped Olivia Wilde, as well as Jamie Babbit, as other potential options.

Disney and Marvel Studios have yet to comment on the reported appointment.

Megan McDonnell, who has already been working for Marvel on the upcoming ‘WandaVision’ Disney Plus series, is in line to pen the sequel’s script. Hollywood darling Brie Larson will be returning to star in the 2022 follow-up film.

DaCosta joins the ever-growing cast of female filmmakers working with comic book titans Marvel and DC, which also includes Cathy Yan and Chloé Zhao.

Yan directed DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’, while Yan is in line to direct Marvel’s mystic ‘The Eternals’, coming in 2021. Australian director Cate Shortland helmed the upcoming ‘Black Widow’ solo outing, which has been delayed indefinitely.

Cate Shortland's Black Widow feature film has been delayed indefinitely due to current world events.
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Cate Shortland’s ‘Black Widow’ has been delayed indefinitely due to current world events.

Captain Marvel 2 is expected to play a key role story-wise in the fourth phase of the Marvel Universe, following the retirement or death of many of the original Avengers in ‘Endgame’.

All the way back in March 2019, MCU boss Kevin Feige teased a Captain Marvel sequel was already in the works. He suggested it would be “pretty amazing,” considering the early drafts he had already approved.

Captain Marvel, who proved her status as one of Marvel’s strongest heroes with her brief role in Avengers: Endgame in 2019, is expected to continue her storyline relating to the Kree’s war with the shape-shifting alien Skrulls.

Captain Marvel has been tipped as the future of the MCU moving forward post-Endgame.
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Captain Marvel has been tipped as the future of the MCU moving forward post-Endgame.

There have also been rumors the sequel will be a “mini-Avengers film,” similar to Captain America: Civil War in 2016. The Direct has suggested comic book hero Ms. Marvel, an in-universe Captain Marvel fangirl, is set to make her MCU debut.

Marvel has remained hush on details for the 2022 follow-up. We do know, however, that the new film will be set in the present-day, rather than the 1990s like the original.

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Netflix viewers outraged over monthly price increase

Published: 29/Oct/2020 20:10

by Nate Searl

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The price of a Netflix subscription in the United States is going up… Again. As you might expect, people are upset over the decision that will see them paying more to see their favorite shows.

Netflix did it again: they raised the monthly subscription cost in the United States. Once upon a time, viewers only had to pay $10 per month to watch their favorite shows and movies on the platform, but not after several increases in price.

Reports suggested that there might be another increase, and now, a subscription will cost $14 per month, $1 more than before, and a premium subscription will cost $18 per month. Naturally, this move is drawing a lot of criticism from viewers.

Fans outraged over Netflix subscription price increase

Netflix is the most popular streaming platform, and is estimated to bring in $18.5 billion in 2020 alone. This has led fans to question why they are hiking up the price even further and their official Twitter account is getting bombarded by angry fans. They claim the price increase will help bring more content to the platform for its viewers.

@Dannyis1337 points out that multiple other streaming services are cheaper, which is true. You can currently get ESPN Plus, Disney Plus, and Hulu all for $12.99 per month.

Another tweet calls Netflix out for not being able to compete, and claims they are cancelling their subscription. This is likely due to the service claiming that they are hiking up the price to provide more content.

Netflix stock surges

Despite the outrage from many fans, Netflix stock shot up by over 4% following the announcement, according to CNBC Now. This increase suggests that the platform will continue performing well, and fans won’t actually cancel their subscriptions.

There are plenty of fans claiming they are going to cancel their sub over the price increase, but whether anyone will actually do it or not remains to be seen.

Hiking up the price hasn’t hurt Netflix much in the past, even with subscribers getting upset over it. It remains one of the top streaming services worldwide, and there will be plenty of viewers that won’t have any problems paying the extra dollar each month for their favorite shows.