'Captain America 4' in Development, Taps 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Showrunner as Writer
The legacy of Captain America's shield has seen its complex history through the ages of Marvel, making it clear that 'Captain America' is not a person, but a symbol. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021-) left its season finale wide open for more, and showrunner Malcolm Spellman is one step ahead when it comes to spin-offs and sequels.
Deadline reports that there is a fourth Captain America movie in the making, which will be written by Spellman, though cannot confirm if this upcoming project will feature Anthony Mackie as he fully takes on the identity of Sam "Captain America" Wilson, or if this will somehow tie back to the previous bearer of the shield, Steve "Captain America" Rogers (Chris Evans). Deadline praised themselves for breaking previous reports that Evans is in negotiation to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios was not available to comment, and there has been no director tied to the next Captain America cinematic installation. Now that Mackie has taken on the Captain America role, it's fair to gamble on the idea that this new chapter in the saga will be helmed by him, and will elaborate on the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Spellman, the head writer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will re-unite with series co-writer Dalan Musson, The Hollywood Reporter said. The series, which has borrowed themes of discrimination, racism, and the Black experience, was penned by a nearly all-Black team of writers brought together under Spellman, creating a superhero series that has been praised for the boundaries that it has broken, and the conversation that it has created.
Executive producer Nate Moore teased that the first season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would not be the conclusion to the series, and while his comments keyed more towards a sequel season, his remarks remain open-ended. "We’ve definitely kicked around ideas because we always like to keep thinking about where things can go, but we also, frankly, in the crush of the pandemic, we’re just trying to finish the show and make sure it got out in a timely matter," Moore said to IndieWire. "Hopefully at the end of this season, you will see the potential for what we could tell in a subsequent season."
There has been no dates mentioned attached to the project, but it's been made very clear that Captain America will be back on the big screen in a big way.