Nigerian American filmmaker Julius Onah will be at the helm of the 4th franchise of “Captain America,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Further, Chris Evans has confirmed that his character Steve Rogers has now passed on the shield of “Captain America” to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
“#CaptainAmerica4 has a director. Nigerian-American filmmaker Julius Onah, perhaps best known for helming #TheCloverfieldParadox, will direct the fourth installment of the #CaptainAmerica film franchise, with Anthony Mackie set to star,” the Hollywood Reporter announced. In the same thread, the magazine speculated that the 4th film might feature a fight for the shield between Wilson and Rogers — hinting at the possibility that Chris Evans might return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
“It is unclear if Chris Evans would reprise his role as the first #CaptainAmerica (though if the question of who is entitled to carry the shield continues, all bets are off). Having stacked casts in solo outings is a key Marvel ingredient at this point,” The Hollywood Reporter’s tweet reads. However, Evans was quick to dispel the speculation and confirmed that Sam Wilson will be playing the titular character. “Sam Wilson is Captain America,” Evans replied.
Evans held the responsibility of carrying the shield in the MCU for around a decade until he passed it off in “Avengers: Endgame.” In the movie’s final scene, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) passed on the role of Captain America to his sidekick, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) which sets a new chapter for the film series moving forward. This move was further cemented in the movie “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” where Wilson had the opportunity to get into the mask and hold the shield of Captain America. While not the first Black American to play a lead superhero role, Mackie taking on the hero’s role is poetic and an apt tribute to the concept that “American” is not about one’s ancestry or skin color, rather is about one’s dedication to the country and its ideals.