Captain America 4 Movie Underway With TFATWS Writer Malcolm Spellman
One thing that many of us expected from Marvel Studios partnership with Disney+ is that the series they produce would be incubators for new talent for films. We’ve actually already seen this happen already. Writers from both WandaVision and the forthcoming Loki have already been tapped to write features for Marvel Studios. Now, in the wake of the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, showrunner Malcolm Spellman has been tapped, along with writer Dalan Musson, to start the script for Captain America 4. We don’t really know much beyond this, other than we can expect Anthony Mackie to reprise his role as Cap.
The big question, of course, is what (if any) involvement Chris Evans will have in this series. In the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky were both cagey about Steve Rogers’ fate. In a later episode, Bucky said to Sam that Steve was “gone,” but nothing definitive. Back in January, the trades reported that Evans was in talks to return to the MCU. While him suiting up seems unlikely, it could make sense for Sam to go to Steve in a film. He could go to him for advice or, mirroring Sam’s debut in Cap 2, to lay low from a powerful enemy.
Either way, this announcement seems to answer definitively whether or not The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will get a second season. (Though, in all fairness, they seemed to “rename” the series Captain America and the Winter Soldier during the end credits.) Considering the writers are both vets of the series, it’s likely Bucky, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), and John Walker (Wyatt Russell) could appear.
Why Malcolm Spellman Is the Right Choice for Captain America 4
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After the sensation that was WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier faced some unfair criticism. A far more straightforward action-thriller, it’s clear that this series was designed to debut first. Essentially, this show was a Marvel Studios feature film with extended character moments. Say what you will about the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but one thing Spellman and company nailed from the jump was Sam Wilson’s character. Each episode proved why Sam was the right person to carry the shield after Steve Rogers. Also, since Cap movies traditionally serve to carry the larger story forward, Spellman can help shape the future of the MCU with Captain America 4.
Part of the reason that the first three Captain America films and the final two Avengers movies were so good is that they came from the same writers. (Though, they also wrote Thor: The Dark World, so your mileage may vary.) Spellman can guide the new generation of Phase 1 heroes—Captain America, Florence Pugh’s the Black Widow, and the Iron People from Armor Wars—to whatever giant threat facing Earth in Phases 4 and 5. Joined by the right directors, the next chapter of the MCU could be as big (or bigger) than the previous ones.
Of course, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Spellman and Musson first have to crack Captain America 4. Even if that ends up being all we’ll get, it will be nice to see Sam Wilson on the big screen as Cap.
Captain America 4 will not begin production for (at least) a year.
What do you think? Share your reactions, theories, and hopes for the MCU’s future in the comments below.
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