THE MARVELS Director Nia DaCosta Says She Was "Pushing For More [SPOILERS]" In The Movie

THE MARVELS Director Nia DaCosta Says She Was "Pushing For More [SPOILERS]" In The Movie THE MARVELS Director Nia DaCosta Says She Was "Pushing For More [SPOILERS]" In The Movie

In a new interview, The Marvels director Nia DaCosta reveals that she argued with Kevin Feige about adding more... Uncanny characters in the MCU sequel.

By MarkCassidy - Nov 27, 2023 09:11 PM EST
Filed Under: The Marvels

We're sure the majority of you have seen The Marvels by now, but just in case, major spoilers follow from this point on.

Towards the end of the Captain Marvel sequel, the villainous Dar-Benn uses both Quantum Bands to create a hole between Earth and Hala in an attempt to drain the energy of Earth's sun and reignite that of her home planet. Monica manages to close the rift, trapping herself in another universe in the process.

In the mid-credits scene, Monica wakes up in a medical lab with her late mother, Maria (Lashana Lynch) by her side. Rambeau is overcome with joy, but Maria - who is actually this world's Binary - has no idea who she is.

As Monica's confusion grows, a familiar voice asks "how's our patient," and a comic-accurate, fully CGI take on Hank McCoy, aka Beast (voiced by X-Men: The Last Stand's Kelsey Grammar), enters the room.

It's a huge moment and will likely have major ramifications for the MCU going forward. Whether the sequence will directly lead into Marvel's X-Men reboot remains to be seen, but director Nia DaCosta has now revealed that she originally wanted to add more mutant characters to the movie.

In the interview clip below, the filmmaker says she was always "pushing for more X-Men," which led to "fights" with Kevin Feige, who told her, "we have to just be very calm about this."

It would be interesting to find out which specific characters she wanted to include, but Beast does mention Charles Xavier, so he might well be one. 

"In Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, 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 film also stars Zawe Ashton and Park Seo-joon. Nia DaCosta directs, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos and Matthew Jenkins serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Megan McDonnell, Nia DaCosta, Elissa Karasik and Zeb Wells.

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vectorsigma - 11/27/2023, 9:45 PM
Yeah, and give the general audience more stigma on mutants and ruin any xmen plans for the future.

A terrible flop.
garu - 11/27/2023, 9:47 PM
should have pushed for a better story

Kevin Feige when directors want more cameos in the movie:

bobevanz - 11/27/2023, 9:57 PM
@garu - [frick] Kendall lol
MyCoolYoung - 11/27/2023, 9:48 PM
I haven't seen the Easter eggs. What were they?
Deklipz - 11/27/2023, 11:13 PM
@MyCoolYoung - They’re stated clearly in the article.
MyCoolYoung - 11/28/2023, 12:11 AM
@Deklipz - no it's not fam
Fogs - 11/28/2023, 6:49 AM
@MyCoolYoung - Hank McCoy appears in post cred scene
Deklipz - 11/28/2023, 9:54 AM
@MyCoolYoung - It is if you [frick]ing read it.
MyCoolYoung - 11/28/2023, 11:18 AM
@Fogs - no she says in her interview she put her own Easter eggs in the movie outside of that
Deklipz - 11/28/2023, 11:43 AM
@MyCoolYoung - I don’t need to watch the video when I read the article that we’re commenting on where it was stated plain and clear.

Not my fault you lack reading comprehension skills or need things fed to you through a video.
bobevanz - 11/27/2023, 9:56 PM
I often wonder what the current reception for Marvel would be, if they rebooted with Mutants after Endgame. Oh well lol
mountainman - 11/27/2023, 10:06 PM
@bobevanz - If post Endgame, they would have:

- Rebooted Mutants right away
- Rebooted FF right away
- Built the New Avengers/West Coast Avengers/Whatever
- Hired better writers than they have been over the past few years

The MCU would be in a far better place right now.
marvel72 - 11/28/2023, 4:42 AM
@bobevanz - They should have at least planned for another Avengers movie, it's nearly a 10 year gap between them.
Origame - 11/28/2023, 5:09 AM
@bobevanz - given that it had all the problems the phases 4 and 5 have, I'd say about the same. Just more "you ruined the xmen".
Apophis71 - 11/28/2023, 6:03 AM
@bobevanz -

For one thing they supposedly couldn't, locked out of recasting for years in regard to the main mutants.

Secondly the deal was only signed in 2019 and a good film takes at least three years from start to release (add in COVID and strike factors increasing that to more like at least 4yrs).

Finaly in a connected cinematic universe with a multi-film arc should take a lot of planning before even starting on pre-prod of individual films. We're no longer talking about just doing a few solo films prior to a crossover team movie like phase 1.

As such, and with FoxMen still fresh in the minds, Xmen being in phase 4 would likely have been bad/poorly recieved and as such removed the one thing keeping many still invested in the franchise, who have been disillsions post Endgame, due in large part to the hope mutants (and to a lesser extent F4) will turns things around
BraxtonHicks - 11/28/2023, 10:17 AM
@Apophis71 - they should've done an Avengers film that tied up the loose ends since Endgame then moved into phases that dealt directly with Kang and Secret Wars.
Apophis71 - 11/28/2023, 10:30 AM
@BraxtonHicks - Doing phase cap Avengers movies should have been done for sure but Avengers don't assemble for any old threat, doing loose end clean up is more of a do it in solo movies thing. Ultimately the biggest problem was the push for far too much content in production during COVID restrictions and not rethinking that faster decision when it was clear it was causing various issues.
dracula - 11/27/2023, 10:00 PM
So either wanted them to sink more money into cameos

Probably could have gotten patrick stewart but it would change nothing

OmegaDaGrodd - 11/27/2023, 10:02 PM
Forever happy that Marvel have found a way to keep Lashana Lynch around

Feels like we are headed towards a real multiversal war (hopefully involving revenge from the universe Wanda invaded) but it would be cool if this post credit scene leads to Monica being a part of the solution, or at least a part of how they create the 'ark' that certain heroes survive in

DocSpock - 11/27/2023, 10:20 PM

Let's autocorrect that.

"The box checking brigade forgets to inject quality & makes a bad movie & wonders why no one wants to see it."

There. Fixed.

Forthas - 11/27/2023, 10:21 PM
If we could just get beyond the Multiverse plots and get back to grounded dramatic films. Don't see what is so hard to understand about that.
mountainman - 11/27/2023, 10:26 PM
@Forthas - They currently have a plan to finish the multiverse arc in 2027. Unless they decide to adjust their direction, we have a ways to go before we get past the multiverse.
Izaizaiza - 11/27/2023, 10:40 PM
@Forthas - agreed. The multiverse storyline is a bore.
Forthas - 11/27/2023, 10:58 PM
@mountainman -

The Multiverse saga is confusing and lowers the stakes of every film where it is a major plot point. If we need to wait until 2027 for it to wind down may check out before then.
mountainman - 11/27/2023, 11:32 PM
@Forthas - I’ve already more or less checked out, but I can’t say it’s the multiverse as the leading cause.

I just think that there have been too many sub par movies, which if those only Ant Man 3 was multiverse related.

Also, the shows have diluted the brand to me. A few have been a good watch, but several have either been so bad I stopped watching or just so unappealing I never watched.

Since everything is so tied together, it makes the entire universe less appealing when you either feel obligated to watch things you don’t like or feel you are missing context by not having seen things.
Izaizaiza - 11/28/2023, 8:08 AM
@Forthas - Yeah man, I agree 100%
Waifuslayer - 11/27/2023, 10:25 PM
Jesus they're trying so hard to paint her as some sort of MCU visionary.

Your movie sucked and it bombed.

We're done here.

Origame - 11/28/2023, 5:11 AM
@Waifuslayer - good day sir?

Izaizaiza - 11/27/2023, 10:42 PM
Honestly, they could have had a dozen mutants or zero...what the film needed was better writing.
GeneralZod - 11/28/2023, 7:25 AM
@Izaizaiza - Better writing and less agenda.
Izaizaiza - 11/28/2023, 8:10 AM
@GeneralZod - Yeah, the pro-cat lobby is getting out of control. I don't mind a cat, as long as it's sitting on a man's lap. But dozens of cats?! All doing their own thing?! Even real cat audience members don't want to see that! They want to see a nice lap to sit on. It's nature. 🙂
Thing94 - 11/27/2023, 10:57 PM
This was a bad bomb stop talking about it!!!
CaptainAustralia - 11/27/2023, 11:20 PM
Nah, they didn't need any more mutants in this one, at least not if they are talking about the mid-credit scene. Having Maria/Binary was smart because it's the logical connection to Monica and delineates an immediate difference between these two universes (in this one, Maria had no daughter), while Hank McCoy/Beast sets up the X-Men in this universe. His mention of 'Charles' is just icing on the cake. To go and throw in a bun ch of other X-Men into this scene or a slightly an extended version of it would not enhance the impact one iota. Less is more.
AnthonyVonGeek - 11/27/2023, 11:26 PM
This movie….
JFerguson - 11/28/2023, 12:00 AM
worried for the x-men in the mcu. i don't want to have to watch a million solo mutant disney plus series in order to understand the plot and characters of the main x-men films.
NinnesMBC - 11/28/2023, 12:16 AM
Ya'll hating on her just because she wanted to display more X-Men characters to tease the future that's coming? Damn, you'll really some attention-seeking haters losers.
GeneralZod - 11/28/2023, 7:24 AM
@NinnesMBC - Nah. We all hating on her because she directed a turd of an MCU film that will struggle to cross $200MM at the box office.
NinnesMBC - 11/29/2023, 12:20 AM
@GeneralZod - That's a narrow-minded barometer to judge a whole movie then. $187M is where it is sitting and sooner or later will reach that number. What will you say then since box office numbers are the be-all end-all to you? On a turd-scale, your speciality apparently, where does it rests next compared to the DCEU?
GeneralZod - 11/29/2023, 12:37 AM
@NinnesMBC - I think you misunderstood my comment, so i shall clarify. Independent of The Marvels' box office take -- which, you agree, will be pathetic -- the Marvels is a turd of a film. When I die and go to hell, The Marvels will be playing on a constant loop.
BruceWayng - 11/28/2023, 12:28 AM
I know this scene is meant to serve as a bridge to the FoX-Men Universe/ Characters and Deadpool 3 but is it too much to ask to have Monica just end up on the 838 Universe to simplify this already overly-convoluted “Saga”.

As far as I’m concerned(and until I’m explicitly told otherwise) the 838 Illuminati are all still very much alive and well (which lines up with some comments Micheal Waldron made about a specific end credits scene that was cut from the story)

My theory is that the events that we saw take place in DS: MoM were all part of an elaborate plan concocted by the 838 Illuminati to set 616 Strange down his current path…Busting cheeks and incursions with Clea 🍑🤏

Their deaths were just part of a well planned out ruse meant to distract Wanda for just long enough to give 616 Strange time to escape. Then they just simply used the time stone which would have been in the possession of 838’s Sorcerer Supreme, Baron Mordo.

Did you notice Mordo was conveniently fighting Stephen while the rest of his team was being ripped to shreds. If they hadn’t panned things work out the way that it did, he would’ve been flung around the room by his corn rows and then forced to smell the seat pad on Charles’ chair.

If you don’t believe me give it a quick Googs. There’s definitely an interview where Waldron talks about an end credits scene that was cut from the script of never actually fully written. It lines up with what I just laid out
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