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After witnessing the release of 27 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, fans have learned that almost anything is possible when it comes to Marvel. Iron Man could be Spider-Man’s mentor. Thor could team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Harry Styles could become an Eternal. And perhaps, Captain America could fight alongside the people of Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther 2.

Marvel star Anthony Mackie, in character as Captain America in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,' wears his red, white, and blue Captain America costume and holds his shield.
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson | Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

Sam Wilson picked up the Captain America shield in Marvel’s ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, retired from being Captain America in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. He went back in time and reunited with his long-lost love Peggy Carter to live out the rest of his days. And once Steve caught up with the present, he was an old man, and he was ready to hand his shield over to his best friend, Sam Wilson.

Six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam decided not to pick up the shield in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Instead, he gave Steve’s Captain America shield to the U.S. government to display in a museum. Bucky Barnes, Steve’s other best friend, was furious with Sam, especially after the government appointed a new Captain America — John Walker. But Sam was conflicted about wearing the flag and stripes while being a Black man in America.

Sam and Bucky later teamed up to stop the Flag Smashers, a terrorist group. Walker wanted to help them, but after he murdered one of the terrorists with the shield, Sam and Bucky demanded that he return the shield.

In the finale of Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam finally accepts his destiny as Captain America. He dons a new suit made by the Wakandans. It is a hybrid of his Falcon costume and the Captain America suit.

Anthony Mackie discusses ‘Black Panther 2’

While on the Grammys red carpet, Marvel star Anthony Mackie revealed to Laverne Cox, reporting for E! News, that he’s been on the set of Black Panther 2, but not as Captain America.

“I’m very excited to say that they just wrapped filming Black Panther 2,” the actor shared. “It’s going to be amazing, it’s going to be spectacular. I’m not [in it], but I’ve seen, I’ve been [to the set], I’ve witnessed. I’m very excited for everybody to see Black Panther 2. They just wrapped it. It’s in the can, it’s coming out, it’s done.”

It’s unclear what Mackie was doing on the Black Panther 2 set other than just hanging out. Marvel stars are known to lie about their appearances in upcoming projects, so perhaps Captain America is in Black Panther 2.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres exclusively in theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.


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Anthony Mackie will star in the next Marvel ‘Captain America’ movie

Following the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel announced that Anthony Mackie would star as the titular superhero in Captain America 4. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman and series writer Dalan Musson will co-write the script for the fourth film.

Not much else is known about the movie, as we don’t even have a release date. However, Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore gave some insight about Captain America 4 during an interview with

“I think he’s not Steve Rogers, and I think that’s a good thing,” the producer shared. “Because to me, this new Cap is Rocky. He’s going to be the underdog in any situation. He’s not a super-soldier. He’s not a hundred years old. He doesn’t have the Avengers. What happens with this guy who announces publicly kind of, without the support, ‘I’m new Captain America.’ What happens next?”

Moore continued, “I think it’s fascinating because he’s a guy. He’s a guy with wings and a shield, but he is a guy. So, we’re going to put him through the wringer and make him earn it and see what happens when he is outweighed, outclassed, out-everything. What makes somebody Captain America? I’m going to argue it’s not being a super-soldier. And I think we’re going to prove that with Mackie and Sam Wilson.”