Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been centered on a massive changing of the guard in the franchise and true to form, we witnessed that first hand with Sam Wilson officially taking his rightful place as the new Captain America. Shockingly enough, his new role has gained a divided reaction amongst fans and it's clear that some of them aren't ready to see actor Anthony Mackie take over the role which Chris Evans helped define over the years.
Thankfully, Mackie has the support of his peers and colleagues, including director Julius Onah who is set to helm Sam's first big-screen outing as Captain America. Speaking with CinemaBlend following Marvel Studios' D23 Expo presentation, the Captain America: New World Order director addressed Sam Wilson's critics, saying that the character embodies what Captain America is all about.
He explained: "First of all, wait until you watch this movie. But secondly, you know, I think for anybody that questions why somebody like Anthony Mackie or Sam Wilson should be at the center of this, it's going back to what Captain America stands for."
Onah continued: "It's so beautiful to have a character who stands for what is right and to think of a world in which everybody gets to be a part of it, it's unquestionable that that is right. That is exactly what Captain America is about. So, there really isn't anything to detract, there are only things to celebrate, and all those people should feel invited to celebrate that."
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I honestly find it quite baffling how Wilson has been getting a lot of hate for being Rogers' successor, especially considering they've been building up his ascension as the next Star-Spangled Man for quite some time now. Obviously, Chris Evans can't stay as Cap forever and it was truly inevitable that he'll hang up his vibranium shield.
Captain America: New World Order's release date has yet to be confirmed but the project will begin filming next year.