Director Nia DaCosta is working on her third film, The Marvels, a sequel to Captain Marvel, and in a new interview with Inverse, she shares a controversial take about another Marvel movie. She feels that one hero could have prevented the “Thanos Snap” at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
The Candyman director said, “Something I like to say a bit flippantly about Captain America is that the Snap is all his fault because he was trying to do his best, trying to do the right thing. There is a world in which he’s a villain because, at the end of the day, he should have just sacrificed Vision. He chose one robot’s life, albeit a sentient one, over literally the entire universe. There’s a sort of anti-hero in that if you want to look at it through that lens.”
DaCosta, 31, admits that people would call her crazy for thinking that way, but attributes her reasoning to “something connected to the journey of the anti-hero and the hero.” She says, “The hero’s pain is something that spurs them to martyr themselves, and an anti-hero’s pain is a thing that kind of starts their journey as opposed to ending it.”
When it comes to what makes a hero, DaCosta recognizes that they live complicated lives. “Heroes are complicated in a real-world sense because they are basically vigilantes; they don’t have any oversight. Half the time no one’s even asking for their help. It’s tricky in that way, but integrity is a big part of it, choosing to put others before yourself, that sort of thing.”
DC Superheroes like Superman and Batman interest the Little Woods director because their power is equal to the pain they’ve suffered. “In terms of the most successful heroes, no matter how much power you have, you never really have control over yourself. That’s something you see in characters like Magneto, for example. His emotional life is always going to overpower his actual power.”
The youngest director to make a Marvel film calls herself “Marvel trash,” saying that since she’s grown up with the comics and watching the Spider-Man cartoon and the Fantastic Four, she knows a thing or two about the Marvel universe.
The Marvels is expecting a release date of February 17, 2023.
Watch the trailer for DaCosta’s latest film, Candyman below: