Captain America: Brave New World promises to put Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson front and centre as the MCU's new Star Spangled Avenger. Unlike his predecessor, Steve Rogers, Sam has no superpowers, and we saw how much John Walker struggled before taking the Super Soldier Serum.
With The Leader and the Serpent Society set to take aim at Cap, Sam could find himself in serious trouble, especially if the rumours about General (and soon-to-be-President) "Thunderbolt" Ross transforming into Red Hulk are correct.
However, before tackling any of that, the former Falcon will need to deal with...politics?
Similar to both his and Steve Rogers' comic book counterparts, it sounds like the Oval Office will have an active role in how Captain America protects his nation. Unfortunately for this Avenger, it won't be too different from how Steve was used as part of the USO during his earliest days wielding the shield.
"To put it simply, he’s been benched," a reliable scooper says of why we haven't seen Sam since The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. "President Ross thinks Sam’s time as 'Captain America' is better suited for publicity, while Sam KNOWS he’s meant to be in the field."
They go on to say, "And that is just the tip of the iceberg to their conflict..."
Considering the fact The Falcon was a member of the original Cap's Secret Avengers, we're not exactly surprised President Ross - a major supporter of the Sokovia Accords - has little to no interest in sending Sam into the field. It's possible Ross will decide the best way to deal with this particular nuisance is to become a Hulk, though it's previously been suggested he'll undergo that procedure courtesy of The Leader due to a life-threatening heart condition.
The movie stars Anthony Mackie, Harrison Ford, Danny Ramirez, Carl Lumbly, Tim Blake Nelson, Shira Haas, and Liv Tyler. Julius Onah directs from a screenplay by Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, though he's also believed to have taken a pass at it.
Captain America: Brave New World will be released in theaters on July 26, 2024.