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Captain America 4: release date rumours, cast and latest news as Anthony Mackie reportedly confirmed for sequel

Everything you need to know about Marvel's fourth Cap movie, from who's in it to what happens.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Published: Thursday, 19th August 2021 at 3:34 pm

Anthony Mackie has reportedly signed on to reprise his role as Sam Wilson in a fourth Captain America movie, after the character recently embraced the superhero mantle on Disney Plus series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

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Notably, Marvel Studios is yet to officially announce the news, but Hollywood publication Deadline has heard from reputable sources that the project is indeed going ahead.

Captain America 4 (working title) is to be co-written by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman and screenwriter Dalan Musson, but the film is likely to be a long way from release.

There's no shortage of directions that Sam's story could go next, with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 6 setting up Sharon Carter as an unlikely new villain, as well as a budding new friendship for Sam and Bucky.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about Captain America 4.

Captain America 4 release date speculation

It's still very early days and we don't know if the project is actually in development, so there's no official release date as yet.

The slate of upcoming Marvel movies is pretty packed already, with the pandemic forcing Disney to reshuffle release dates. Plus, many of the mega franchise's forthcoming titles officially in development are still awaiting a release date, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man 3 and Blade.

Considering how closely interconnected the MCU is, whatever release date a fourth Cap movie gets will likely have to tie into existing storylines. Based on this, we don't think we'll see it in theatres until late 2022 at the very earliest, though a 2023 release date is more likely. 

Will Anthony Mackie lead Captain America 4?

According to Deadline, Mackie will indeed be leading the cast of the as-yet-untitled Captain America 4, although expect the actor to remain coy about the project until Marvel Studios offers an official unveiling.

When rumours of another Cap movie first broke, Mackie told EW that he didn't know anything about it, but that he was "excited" to see what the future holds for his character.

"I literally found out yesterday in a grocery store," he said. "The checkout guy named Dwayne, a cool cat, he's like, 'Yo, man. Is this real?!' [holds up a cellphone] 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 added: "What would be really bad is if the movie [Captain America 4] starts and I get blown out of the sky."

Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The final episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ended with a revised title card that confirmed Sam Wilson's position as the MCU's new full-time Captain America.

Captain America 4 cast rumours

Other The Falcon and The Winter Soldier cast members could be joining Mackie on the big screen, especially if the movie becomes a replacement for a second series.

Should the updated title screen be used as the movie's title, we can expect Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes to appear. Despite getting off to a rough start, Bucky and Sam worked out their differences, so it would make sense for Sam to enlist the super soldier's help against his latest foe.

Earlier in the year, there were also rumours that Chris Evans could return as Captain America, following his supposed exit from from the franchise in Avengers: Endgame. If Evans is set to return, it makes sense that it would be during a fourth Captain America movie.

Emily VanCamp's Sharon Carter and Wyatt Russell's John Walker – aka the U.S. Agent – could also appear.

Captain America 4 plot speculation

At this point, we have no idea of what the plot of Captain America 4 will be. Should the series work as a continuation of Sam's story beyond his Disney Plus debut, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier certainly left plenty of loose threads for the winged Cap.

For one, Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Contessa Valentina Allegra said things were about to get weird when she recruited John Walker for an undisclosed future mission, so that could certainly come into play.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney

There's also the possibility that Sharon Carter will go full villain, judging by that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier final post-credit scene. Spellman did have something to say about that.

"I think Sharon, how villainous is she? I don't know. You know what I'm saying? Did she really hurt Sam at all in that storyline?" he told ComicBook.com. "Like, to me, Sharon could go all the way bad, or could come back. Who knows where she's going to go? You know what I'm saying? I don't know. I haven't put in a ton of thought. I might've just said too much right there."

Of course, it's also more than possible that a brand new storyline, connected to Marvel's Phase Five, will be put in place for Sam's first big screen solo adventure.

Is there a Captain America 4 trailer?

Unsurprisingly, no trailer yet. But be sure to check back as we'll keep this page updated with all the latest Captain America 4 news.

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