Here’s everything we know about Captain America: New World Order, Anthony Mackie’s first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from its release date to cast, plot, and other details.
The MCU’s Phase Four is in full swing, for better or worse. It kicked off with a too-little-too-late solo outing for Black Widow, introduced martial arts to the franchise with Shang-Chi, enlisted a whole new team with Eternals, played with a triumvirate of wall-crawlers in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and that’s before we get to Doctor Strange, Thor, and *gestures wildly* all the Disney+ content.
One such small-screen release was The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, exploring the continuing missions and adventures of Wilson (Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).
The series set the stage for Captain America, with Wilson now in total, proud ownership of the shield. But what will it be about, when will it be released, and who is set to star and direct the upcoming sequel?
Captain America 4 title: What’s it called?
The fourth Captain America film has been titled Captain America: New World Order.
Captain America New World Order release date: When is it coming out?
Captain America: New World Order is due for release on May 3, 2024, the second-last film in the MCU’s Phase Five before Thunderbolts.
To make it even worse, it’s likely to be quite a while before the film is released, as Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson are still tinkering with the script.
Marvel also just hired a director for the film: Julius Onah, who previously directed The Cloverfield Paradox (massive yikes) and the critically-acclaimed Luce. So, 50/50 odds, then.
If we’re looking ahead at the MCU slate, we’ve got Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later this year, followed by Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Marvels in 2023.
There’s also scope for the Fantastic Four movie to release next year, and there’s two dates – November 13, 2023, and February 16, 2024 – reserved for “Untitled Marvel films.”
Captain America: New World Order would be a sensible bet for the November slot, with Deadpool 3 possibly dropping in 2024.
Captain America 4 cast: who’s starring in the sequel, and are there any new characters?
Similarly, we don’t have many details about the cast for New World Order. We can say with the utmost certainty that Anthony Mackie will star as Sam Wilson, taking on the mantle of the titular hero, following the events of Avengers: Endgame and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
It would be sensible to expect Sebastian Stan to return as Bucky, given his past roles in every Captain America movie and his developed relationship with Sam in the Disney+ series. However, it’s unclear if Bucky would still be carrying any trauma as the Winter Soldier, or if it would involve him becoming the White Wolf.
As for other possible cast members, it’s also unclear whether we’ll see the return of Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker, aka US Agent, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. The latter character was tipped to “replace” Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury by producer Nate Moore.
There’s also a question mark hanging over Chris Evans, who famously played Steve Rogers in past Captain America movies and held the shield for the Avengers’ face-offs with Thanos. Earlier reports claimed he’s set to return to the MCU in some form, but there’s been no details thus far.
He’s very supportive of his former co-star, though. In response to The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter, which pondered his participation if the “question of who is entitled to carry the shield continues” in the fourth film, he wrote: “Sam Wilson is Captain America.”
Captain America New World Order plot: What will it be about?
According to producer Nate Moore, Captain America: New World Order will follow Sam as he adapts to being Captain America.
During an appearance on Comic Book’s Phase Zero podcast, he said: “I think, he’s not Steve Rogers and I think that’s a good thing.
“Because to me, this new Cap is Rocky. He’s going to be the underdog in any situation. He’s not a super soldier. He’s not a hundred years old. He doesn’t have the Avengers. What happens with this guy who announces publicly kind of, without the support, ‘I’m new Captain America.’ What happens next?
“I think it’s fascinating because he’s a guy. He’s a guy with wings and a shield, but he is a guy. So, we’re going to put him through the wringer and make him earn it, and see what happens when he is outweighed, outclassed, out-everything.
“What makes somebody Captain America? I’m going to argue it’s not being a super soldier. And I think we’re going to prove that with Mackie and Sam Wilson.”
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, an elderly Steve Rogers gave Sam the shield, making him the new Captain America. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier saw Sam wrestle with the reality of taking on that mantle, initially giving the shield away while the government enlisted John Walker as the official replacement.
However, Walker proved to be a bit of a wildcard – ie, he nearly cut a man in half with the shield – and with the help of the Wakandans, Sam flew to New York with a snazzy new suit, uniform, and his trusty shield, thereby becoming known as the new Captain America.
It’s unclear whether we’ll see a continuation of Walker’s story in the sequel, after Valentina recruited him. It’s also unconfirmed whether we’ll see Sharon again, who was pardoned by the CIA and planned to use her access to sell government secrets.
As well as likely following the next steps of Bucky, it was also hinted that Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) would take up Sam’s old mantle as the Falcon.
There are no other confirmed details about the plot of Captain America: New World Order at the time of writing.
We’ll update this article upon further announcements.