Anthony Mackie was introduced as the new Captain America this past year during his first Disney+ show. While The Falcon and the Winter Soldier started with the hero going by his moniker of Falcon, by the time the series reaches its end, he finally accepted what Steve Rogers offered up to him back in Avengers: Endgame, the mantle of Captain America.
It’s quite a huge jump, especially from the character that was first introduced all the way back in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie did not know that after eight years, his journey in the MCU would only just be his beginning.
While The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series was his first MCU project in the spotlight, the upcoming Captain America: New World Order will be Mackie’s first solo film as Captain America.
From the events in Captain America: New World Order, Anthony Mackie’s Captain America will almost certainly be playing a major role in other stories in the MCU’s future, including Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Just recently, Anthony Mackie addressed his MCU future, revealing that he will most likely be under Marvel’s control in the foreseeable future. In a recent interview with Variety, he talked about him taking the mantle of Captain America, and what his future in the MCU will look like.
"That’s what was great about the whole Captain America thing. It’s not so much that I get to do the movies or I get to hold the shield and all that stuff, “ Mackie said during the interview. “It gives me the opportunity to work with companies like GAF (a roofing manufacturer) and on initiatives like this (to help areas damaged by natural disasters), and people take notice of it. You use that to show the disparity in these communities and ask yourself, “How can we help?” That’s what’s so fun about the moniker of Captain America. It isn’t that valuable if you don’t do anything with it."
When he was asked if he will be in the upcoming Thunderbolts film as well as New World Order, the actor revealed how he had no idea but noted that Marvel Studios "own[s] [his] ass," so he would go wherever he’s directed, "I have no idea. You know how it works. They call you the week before and are like, 'We own your ass.' Come get in the movie.”
As of now, Anthony Mackie is expected to don the mantle of Captain America in the upcoming Captain America: New World Order which is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 3, 2024.