Anthony Mackie is Suiting Up For “Captain America” 4
Anthony Mackie is picking up the shield again, as we hoped (and expected) he would. The newly minted Captain America, fresh from taking on the mantle of Cap in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is officially returning to the role for Captain America 4. What’s more, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creator Malcolm Spellman is co-writing the script.
Mackie’s ascension as a flying Captain America in Marvel’s Disney+ series was a long-in-the-making coronation for the talented, hard-working actor. As Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, Mackie made his first appearance in the Russo Brothers’ excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014. Sam Wilson has figured into five MCU films in total, including backing the original Cap (Chris Evan) in Captain America: Civil War, and then accepting the iconic shield from him at the end of Avengers: Endgame. All the action in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier took place in the aftermath of Endgame, with Sam initially rebuffing Cap’s offer and refusing to take on the role of Captain America. That all changed when the man who did eagerly accept the responsibility, John Walker (Wyatt Russell), broke bad.
Variety reports that Spellman will be co-writing the film with his Falcon and the Winter Soldier staff writer Dalan Musson. There’s no director yet attached, and casting, aside from Mackie, is still unknown. Yet Sam Wilson’s buddy, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, seems like a likely addition to the cast.
Captain America 4 will likely not see theaters until 2023, or perhaps later. Marvel’s upcoming slate is packed, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals coming out this year, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and The Marvels all due in 2022.
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