Mere hours after the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier hit Disney+, news broke that the series showrunner Malcolm Spellman is reportedly developing a fourth film in the Captain America franchise with Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson set to star.
While the news certainly came as a surprise to fans, if Mackie is to be believed, the news also came as a shock to him, as he claims he didn’t learn about the reports until a fan at the grocery store mentioned it to him.
“I literally found out yesterday in a grocery store,” Mackie told Entertainment Weekly. “The checkout guy named Dwayne, a cool cat, he’s like, ‘Yo, man. Is this real?!” [holds up a cellphone] “I’m like, ‘I haven’t heard anything.’ That’s what I love about working for Marvel. They call you, they’re like, ‘Come to L.A. We wanna tell you what’s going on.’ So, I’m excited to see what happens, but I haven’t heard anything.”
“What would be really bad is if the movie [Captain America 4] starts and I get blown out of the sky,” Mackie joked.
Anthony Mackie found out about 'Captain America 4' from a fan at the supermarket 🛒🍿
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In addition to his comments about Captain America 4, Mackie also said that he hasn’t heard any updates on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier season two, either. While it can be hard to believe that the star of a movie didn’t know it was being made until the fans did, secrecy has always been one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s superpowers.
To be fair to Mackie, he’s not the only one potentially involved with Captain America 4 to be downplaying its existence, as Spellman was similarly coy when speaking with ComicBook:
“Who said it [that Captain America 4 is in the works]? Did Kevin say it?” Spellman said. “I would not put faith in anything you do not hear directly from the man himself!”
Given that Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce Captain America 4 — the original report came from Deadline — it’s understandable that the cast and crew aren’t quite ready to speak about it publicly. When they do, though, we’ll keep you posted.