Anthony Mackie And Malcolm Spellman Both Downplay ‘Captain America 4’ News

Is there anybody who hasn’t seen the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Or at least hasn’t heard what happens to Sam Wilson by the end of it? Probably not, so I won’t waste time with spoiler warnings; Sam Wilson is now Captain America. Finally. It took six episodes, a battle with the Flag-Smashers, and a lot of soul searching, but Steve Rogers’ wish is finally being fulfilled. So what’s next? Well, Captain America 4, right? Ummm…maybe?

We learned a Captain America 4 was in the works almost immediately after the finale ran, but Marvel Studios has yet to make any kind of official announcement. We’ve always been told not to believe anything unless it comes straight from the horse’s mouth, the horse in this case being Kevin Feige. That’s something showrunner Malcolm Spellman, the guy reportedly set to write the next Captain America film, wants fans to remember…

“Who said it? Did Kevin say it?” Spellman told Comicbook.com. “I would not put faith in anything you do not hear directly from the man himself!”

If it were to happen, though, Spellman clearly has his mind on a particular character whose story took an interesting turn: Sharon Carter, who is secretly the villainous Power Broker…

“I haven’t thought about [the characters’ futures]. I think Sharon, how villainous is she? I don’t know. Did she really hurt Sam at all in that storyline? I don’t know. [To] me, Sharon could go all the way bad, could come back. Who knows where she’s going to go? I haven’t put in a ton of thought in it. I might’ve just said too much right there.”

As for the man himself, Anthony Mackie didn’t find out about a Captain America movie from Marvel, either. The dude up the street, however, he was quite informative about it…

“I literally found out yesterday in a grocery store,” Mackie said to EW. “The checkout guy named Dwayne, a cool cat, he’s like, ‘Yo, man. Is this real?!’ I’m like, ‘I haven’t heard anything.’ That’s what I love about working for Marvel. They call you, they’re like, ‘Come to L.A. We wanna tell you what’s going on.’ So, I’m excited to see what happens, but I haven’t heard anything.”

Mackie, being the funny dude that he is, joked that his time as Cap might be VERY short-lived…

“What would be really bad is if the movie [‘Captain America 4’] starts and I get blown out of the sky.”

The funny thing is, if something like that happened the Black folk I know would probably just shake their head and say “See, I told ya so.” And then Marvel should show Isaiah Bradley saying the same thing. Of course, Marvel isn’t going to do that. I’m not going to speculate how long Mackie will be Captain America, but in the comics it’s a pretty short run for Falcon.

If Captain America 4 is indeed happening, and it probably is, it will at least be a couple of years before we see it, and I expect he’ll pop elsewhere in the MCU before then.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.