The Captain America set of films within the MCU had changed directors once through three movies, with Joe Johnston directing The First Avenger before frequent Marvel collaborators Joe and Anthony Russo took over for the two subsequent movies. Now, a few significant changes are coming to the next installment, Captain America: New World Order. First, a new character will play Captain America, with Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson earning the shield in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In addition, a new director, Julius Onah, is arriving to helm the film.
Onah has several directorial credits to his name, including Luce, The Cloverfield Paradox, and The Girl Is in Trouble. However, New World Order will be his biggest project to date, a massive undertaking for the up-and-coming director. Onah almost landed a project with Marvel nearly ten years ago; however, things didn’t work out at the time. During an interview with Collider, the director shares his experience with the MCU and why he thinks they joined forces for Captain America 4.
“It was organic look. It’s so interesting, I met the folks at Marvel for the first time, maybe 10 years ago. Much like the MCU has its own unpredictable journeys that people go on, those of us in the orbit of it have our own unpredictable journeys, and it was just a convergence. We met each other at the right moment, at the right time, with the right project. Though there were conversations here and there, this was the one where it just clicked.”
It’s hard to say what projects Onah discussed a decade ago, but we can make a few guesses with the time frame he alludes to. The first Captain America film is a possibility, as it was released 11 years ago in theaters, however, the pre-production phase for the film would’ve been much earlier. Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and The Avengers could’ve been on the table for Onah, but we may never know the exact projects he’s referencing.
Julius Onah Says He’s a Different Filmmaker Ahead of Captain America 4
Like any director, Julius Onah has grown and developed his style throughout his career. While Marvel may have been interested in Onah a decade ago, they now felt they needed his talent. During his Collider interview, the 39-year-old filmmaker says he’s “a very different person with a different point of view on life. You get a little bit older, and you learn a little bit more about yourself and about other people.” Onah continues, “It’s just one of those things where I’m at a place that telling this story is one that I can bring a point of view and a set of ideas that I’m passionate about. I’m so thankful and grateful that Marvel was open to that, and here we are.”
Captain America: New World Order will be different for various reasons, and Onah is looking to bring a welcome change to the franchise. The MCU’s fourth installment of the titular character will arrive in theaters on May 3, 2024.