Captain America 4: Director Julius Onah on Helm Marvel Sequel

The film, directed by Anthony Mackie, will be co-written by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creator Malcolm Spellman.

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Anthony Mackie in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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The theatrical debut of Anthony Mackie’s Captain America has just taken a big step towards realization.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Nigerian-American filmmaker Julius Onah, best known for his work on sci-fi sequel The Cloverfield Paradox and Sundance drama Luce, is directing Captain America 4. The currently untitled sequel is being written by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creator Malcolm Spellman and co-author Dalan Musson.

After years of working on short films, Onah made his directorial debut in 2015 with the crime thriller The Girl Is in Trouble. He then went on to direct The Cloverfield Paradox, which debuted on Netflix without warning after a 2018 Super Bowl commercial. His most recent film was the 2019 Sundance hit “Luce,” an adaptation of JC Lee’s play of the same name, starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.

Captain America 4 will be Mackie’s first film as Captain America, although he has long been a fixture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his role as Falcon. But the longtime pal is finally taking on the patriotic alter ego after giving Avengers: Endgame original star Chris Evans a fitting send-off. The Disney+ limited series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier served as a bridge between the two eras of Captain America and set Mackie up for a big screen adventure of his own.

No one is happier about Mackie taking on the role than Evans himself, who has downplayed rumors of a return as Captain America out of respect for Mackie.

“The role isn’t even mine anymore,” Evans said recently. “The role is that of Anthony Mackie. So, you know, even if there were another incarnation, not as Captain America, but you know, for Steve Rogers, even that would feel… I would be very cautious just because I love this chapter of my life professionally and personally. I love what these films have accomplished and to revisit it and possibly have an odd extension of that legacy would be upsetting if it hadn’t landed. So it would require a near-perfect recipe and it just might not be an option.”

Disney has not announced a production start date or release date for Captain America 4.

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Lindsay Lowe

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