Anthony Mackie Says Falcon Isn’t Taking Over for Chris Evans’s Marvel Character: ‘I’m Not Captain America’

Is Falcon the next Captain America? Anthony Mackie, 40, who plays Sam Wilson aka Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) including the record-breaking blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, recently said Falcon will not be taking over for Chris Evans’s character, Steve Rogers or Captain America. 

Warning: Avengers: Endgame spoiler alerts ahead.

Avengers: Endgame left many questions unanswered and posed even more to fans by the time the film came to an end. One of the big questions posed to audiences at the end of the film was: Who will pick up the mantle, or more accurately the shield, for Captain America? Learn how much screen time Evans had in Avengers: Endgame

What happened to Captain America in ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

The superhero famously decided to go back in time to be with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after battling Thanos. The couple had been star-crossed throughout the Avengers movies with Marvel fans getting a glimpse of the two characters at various points in time.

Atwell played the elderly version of Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), she appeared in a dream sequence in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and in Ant-Man (2015) in yet another time period, the 1980s. 

Not until Avengers: Endgame did Carter and Rogers get to be together. At the end of the movie, Captain America gave his shield to Sam Wilson or Falcon, leaving fans to assume the superhero would become the next Captain America.

Anthony Mackie says he’s not the next Captain America

Many fans believed Marvel Studios would follow the trajectory of the comic books in upcoming movies and have Falcon be the next Captain America. While that seems logical, Mackie said it’s not going to happen. 

“I’m not Captain America. Just because he told me to hold his shield, he didn’t say ‘you’re Captain America now,'” Mackie said at Disney’s D23 Expo, according to DigitalSpy.

Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie. | Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images for Disney

Mackie continued, saying Captain America would be on call even though he handed off his shield. 

“He’s like, ‘I’m gonna go back and see my girl, call me if something happens. I don’t wanna carry this dumb shield.'”

Malcolm Spellman, showrunner for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, an upcoming Marvel TV series, about the superheroes, said fans shouldn’t assume anything after what happened in Avengers: Endgame regarding Captain America and Falcon. 

Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans
Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

“You know how Marvel is, we can’t say much about that, but it’s not predictable. Where you think Endgame obviously aims, that target’s gonna move around,” he said. 

Judging by what Mackie and Spellman said, we know to expect the unexpected in future Marvel movies and TV shows. 

Avengers: Endgame directors confirm who won’t be returning to the MCU

While we’re not sure what’s going to happen within the MCU, the Russo Brothers — Joe and Anthony Russo — who directed the film, confirmed future projects won’t include two major characters: Tony Stark or Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America. 

This part at least makes sense knowing what happened at the end of Avengers: Endgame with Downey Jr.’s character dying and Evans’s character choosing to hang up his shield and have a personal life. 

While this can be frustrating for fans, it’s also equally as exciting because as Spellman said, Marvel’s not predictable. We along with the rest of the world anxiously await the release of new Marvel movies in Phase 4 to learn what’s next for the MCU.