Nia DaCosta rose to notoriety when she directed the 2021 horror movie Candyman, a new take on the 1992 film. Her version of Candyman was a box office smash, bringing in over $22 million its first weekend. Even more spectacular than that? This made the New York City native the first Black woman director to premiere at number one at the box office. And DaCosta is only continuing to make history books. She was also tapped to direct 2023’s The Marvels, making her the first Black woman and, at 32, the youngest person to direct a Marvel movie. A relative newcomer to the industry, DaCosta is one to watch.