Chris Evans supports Anthony Mackie as MCU’s Captain America

No, Chris Evans isn’t returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America 4 — at least not as the titular superhero.

After The Hollywood Reporter recently speculated whether Evans’ Steve Rogers or Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson would carry Captain America’s patriotic shield in the next episode, Evans set the record straight on social media.

“Sam Wilson is Captain America,” he confirmed in one on Saturday tweet that amassed more than 174,000 likes.

While THR reported earlier this week that Nigerian-American filmmaker Julius Onah (of ‘Luce’ and ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’) had been tapped to direct the fourth film in the ‘Captain America’ franchise, THR suggested that Evans could return for Part 4 and that “all bets are on” when it comes to “who’s entitled to carry the shield.”

Apparently not, according to Evans, who invented the character in the MCU before Mackie took over the mantle for the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Mackie has previously starred in other MCU films alongside Evans’ Captain America as Falcon.

In March 2018, Evans told The New York Times he has no intention of reprising his role in the MCU, having portrayed Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame. As production wrapped on the fourth Avengers movie, an emotional Evans tweeted, “It has been an honor to play this role for the past 8 years.”

While speaking to the Los Angeles Times for an Envelope roundtable interview last year, Mackie reflected on the importance and public response to Sam Wilson becoming Captain America.

“The reactions have been amazing,” Mackie said. “It was the same reaction when little girls see ‘Wonder Woman’ or when you see ‘Black Panther,’ and there’s an army of black women. … The idea of ​​representation, the idea of ​​recontextualizing what you think is the norm, is always important. …

“Reactions came from children of all races, from men and women and in between… We think it’s a horrible world we live in and people are s— but don’t let the 1% spoil you 99% of the good people out there. … That has become clear to me. I haven’t had any negative feedback or reactions – just a lot of people picking up my bill at restaurants.” Chris Evans supports Anthony Mackie as MCU’s Captain America

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