Oh Captain, My Captain! — Will Anthony Mackie Be The Lead in 'Captain America 4'?
SPOILER WARNING: Plot and ending details for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier follow.
The first season of Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier concluded on April 23rd with several significant developments, including the reveal of Power Broker, which, as many suspected, was none other than Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and John Walker's new role as U.S. Agent.
However, the most anticipated and celebrated element of the show's season finale was Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) taking flight as Captain America, which also marked the debut of his new suit from Wakanda. From the start, the show was always centered on the concept of who would become the new Captain America following Steve Rogers' retirement in 2019's Avengers: Endgame.
Although the shield was passed down to Wilson, it was only a matter of time when he would take on the role.
He spent the entire season grappling with the legacy and taking on the role as the new Captain America, but the finale saw him take on the mantle wholeheartedly.
Captain America 4 Reportedly in Development
Fresh on the heels of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier season one finale, Marvel announced that the fourth film in the Captain America franchise in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, head writer, and creator of Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Malcolm Spellman will co-write the script for Captain America 4 with Dalan Musson, one of the writers from the series.
Marvel remains tight-lipped as usual, and there is no official update on the casting, and neither a director has been attached, nor Chris Evans’ involvement/return has been confirmed.
With Mackie wielding the current Captain America shield, he might presumably return as the new Captain America in the franchise.
According to Screenrant, Mackie originally signed up for a 10-picture deal with Marvel Studios.
Mackie has starred in 6 movies - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
This means that Mackie has four left, suggesting that MCU has bigger plans for him in the Captain America franchise.
Chris Evans Will Not Make a Return
A January report from CBR stated that Chris Evans was reportedly in negotiations with Marvel Studios to reprise his role as Captain America following his character’s retirement in the final moments of Endgame.
Marvel Studios President and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige further shot down the rumors pretty quickly in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Feige chimed in on the matter in response to Evans tweet, saying,
I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumor, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself.
Marvel should let Wilson have the spotlight forging ahead because Evan’s time as Captain America has already been concluded.