Anthony Mackie is making his return as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has been tapped to lead Captain America 4. With that, the upcoming movie, which is in development at Disney’s Marvel Studios, will seemingly pick up right where The Falcon and the Winter Soldier left off.
Per the report, Mackie is set to star in Captain America 4. The movie does not yet have an official title. Though it was previously revealed that the movie was in development back in April. The news came shortly after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier wrapped up its first season on Disney+. Spoilers for those who haven’t seen it, but the show saw Mackie’s Sam Wilson take up the mantle of Captain America in the final episode. Now, he’s poised to do so on the big screen as well.
The casting likely doesn’t come as a huge surprise to those who have been paying attention to what’s been going on in the MCU as of late. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers was tasked with returning the Infinity Stones to their proper places in the timeline. However, he decided to stay in the past and live out his life with Peggy Carter. In the end, he gifted Sam his shield, positioning him as the man to take up the mantle of Captain America. That journey was largely the focus of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Here is the synopsis for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
“Following the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.’”
Malcolm Spellman developed the Disney+ show and served as head writer. He is involved with the film as well. Spellman will co-write the screenplay alongside Dalan Musson, who also was part of the writer’s room on Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There is no word yet on who may end up in the director’s chair.
As far as further casting goes, nothing has been confirmed. Though it seems like a safe bet that Sebastian Stan will return as Bucky Barnes. Whether or Not Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers is also a major question mark. Rumors have surfaced that Marvel was working to get Evans back in some capacity. However, the actor has poured some cold water on that notion.
The Captain America movies kicked off with Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. That was followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 and Captain America: Civil War in 2016. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.2 billion at the box office. Even without Evans, it’s easy to see why Marvel and Disney would be eager to keep the series going.
Captain America 4 does not yet have a release date.
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