‘The Marvels’ Director Nia DaCosta Explains Why She Left The Film’s Production

(L-R): Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, and Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios' THE MARVELS. Photo by Laura Radford. © 2023 MARVEL.

Director Nia DaCosta confirmed she did indeed leave the production of The Marvels early and explained why.

Director Nia DaCosta on the set of Marvel Studios’ THE MARVELS. Photo by Laura Radford. © 2023 MARVEL.

DaCosta did a promotional interview for the film with Jake Hamilton on his YouTube channel Jake’s Takes.

He asked the director, “A lot has been made of the fact that you went into production on another film when The Marvels was in post-production, but 30 years ago Steven Spielberg went into production on Schindler’s List when Jurassic Park was in post-production and people applauded him for it. I’m just sort of curious like what is the difference between what he did 30 years ago that everyone still goes nuts about and what you did? I honestly don’t see the difference.”

She responded, “It was literally just that they moved the date of the film four different times and so instead of it being a two-year process, which I was deeply committed to, it became a three and a half year process. So every time the date moved – and they knew the entire time that I had an obligation, a greenlit movie with people who are waiting for me. And I pushed that and I pushed it again and then eventually we all knew if this pushes again I’m not going to be in LA to do the rest of this in person.”

“So we just figured out a way to do it remote. We figured out the best process and actually at the time that I left to go to London to start prepping on my next film everyone was so clear about what the film was what we wanted. So it really wasn’t that dramatic sort of thing that I think people are feeling it is,” DaCosta concluded.

(L-R): Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers and Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ THE MARVELS. Photo by Laura Radford. © 2023 MARVEL.

DaCosta’s comments come after Variety’s Tatiana Siegel reported that DaCosta had left the film’s production in the middle of post-production to go work on her Tessa Thompson vehicle Hedda.

Siegel detailed, “Eyebrows were raised again when DaCosta began working on another film while The Marvels was still in postproduction — the filmmaker moved to London earlier this year to begin prepping for her Tessa Thompson drama Hedda.”

A source also informed her, “If you’re directing a $250 million movie, it’s kind of weird for the director to leave with a few months to go.”

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios’ THE MARVELS. Photo by Laura Radford. © 2023 MARVEL.

DaCosta had previously informed Vanity Fair she had moved on from Marvel Studios back in September, “It was really great to play in this world, and to be a part of building this big world, but it made me just want to build my own world more.”

Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Ford also confirmed DaCosta had moved on by the time the interview was conducted. She wrote, “When we first spoke, she was just a week from starting production on Hedda, running from actor rehearsals in the morning to production meetings in the afternoon.”

Zawe Ashton as Dar-Benn in Marvel Studios’ THE MARVELS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

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