‘The Marvels’ director Nia DaCosta blames Captain America for “The Blip”

Unclench your jaw, she’s not exactly wrong.

words by: Alee Kwong
Dec 7, 2021

Nia DaCosta, director of The Marvels, has woken up and chosen Marvel violence. She decided to choose a firm side on who’s to blame for Thanos’ Blip. DaCosta has stated that she believes that the responsibility and blame rest exclusively on the shoulders of none other than Captain America himself.


The Marvels director’s comments are very intriguing given the spotlight that has always been placed on Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) and Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) for their impulsive actions during Avengers: Infinity War. Her thoughts cite Captain America’s choice to save Vision (played by Paul Bettany) in Wakanda, as opposed to sacrificing him for the greater good of all living beings. In an interview with Roxanne Gay of Inverse, DaCosta said, “I like to call myself Marvel trash.” and continued with the following —


“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.

People would say I’m crazy for thinking that way, but there’s something connected to the journey of the anti-hero and the hero. 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.”



DaCosta’s opinion makes a lot of sense though and doesn’t exist without its merits. Look, hindsight is 20/20. Steve Rogers has taken the responsibility of Captain America to dangerously altruistic places and the decision to keep Vision alive isn’t off-brand for him. Rogers not only sees Vision as a superhero, but also as a solider — a brother in arms. The synthezoid is one of his own, an Avenger — with the “no man gets left behind” line of thinking.


While not trading lives is a great moral to live by, the circumstances in Avengers: Infinity War didn’t allow that thought of moral luxury. With stakes as high as losing half of all living beings, it was a very dire do-or-die situation that needed to be handled with the option that prioritized saving as many lives as they could in that moment — especially when said option could also result in Thanos failing to acquire the Mind Stone, which in turn would be he would be unable to wield the full cosmic power of the Infinity Gauntlet.


Nia DaCosta having these opinions and analysis about Marvel characters and the MCU sets The Marvels up to be a very strong movie. The Marvels is slated to hit theaters February 17, 2023.


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