Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson took up the Captain America mantle in the series ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie has been tapped to star in Disney/Marvel’s Captain America 4, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The movie is co-written by Malcom Spellman, who also wrote the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In April, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Spellman is developing the fourth installment of the Captain America film franchise for Marvel Studios. Up until this point, Chris Evans has played Captain America via the Steve Rogers character, appearing in a trio of solo movies, Avengers outings and assorted other Marvel films.

Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers earlier carried the legendary shield as Captain America but he passed on the honour to Mackie’s Sam ‘the Falcon’ Wilson at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

Sam Wilson (or the Falcon) first appeared in the movies in the 2014 release Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the Disney+ series, he accepted the mantle of Captain America. Variety had reported earlier this year that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier staff writer Dalan Musson will also be writing the show. No director has been named yet.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which also stars Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, has earned strong critical and fan reaction. It is nominated for five Emmys. Spellman assembled a nearly all-Black writers room for the series, which has been praised for bringing the Black experience to the forefront quite unlike any other superhero film or TV show before it.

Marvel Studios has multiple releases lined up for Phase IV of its Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow released on 9 July, Simu Liu starrer Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is scheduled to release on 3 September, and marks the first Marvel movie with an Asian Superhero. Academy award-winning director Chloe Zhao’s film Eternals releases on 5 November followed by Spider-Man: No Way Home on 17 December.

In 2022, Marvel has Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (25 March), Thor: Love and Thunder (6 May), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (8 July)and the Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels (11 November) lined up. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is slated for 17 February 2023 followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 on 5 May.