Anthony Mackie will return as Sam Wilson in the still-untitled Captain America 4, and a San Diego Comic-Con 2022 banner may have provided a first look at some official promo art for the film.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier concluded with Sam finally accepting the mantle of the Sentinel of Liberty. Following the series' finale, it was revealed that Captain America 4 was in the works, co-written by Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner Michael Spellman and Dalan Musson.
We finally got some more news on the project earlier this month when it was reported that The Cloverfield Paradox director Julius Onah had signed on to helm. Now, with Marvel Studios set to make its return to San Diego Comic-Con on July 23, 2022 (having been absent from the convention since 2019), we have another exciting update to share.
With SDCC kicking-off on July 21st, a Reddit user shared a picture of an alleged banner from the convention floor featuring Anthony Mackie's Captain America alongside Emily VanCamp's Sharon Carter:
The banner appears to be legitimate, but it may not be promoting Captain America 4 specifically. Having said that, what makes it possible for the art to be from the upcoming movie is the inclusion of the aforementioned Sharon Carter sporting her comic book-accurate white suit, an outfit not seen in her prior MCU projects.
Carter was introduced in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, after which she appeared in Captain America: Civil War. She then resurfaced in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which teased a villainous turn for her when she was revealed to be the criminal known as the Power Broker.
It's early to speculate on potential directions in which to take Carter, though a 2021 rumor from The Hashtag Show claimed that Marvel Studios had planned to make her the main villain of Captain America 4. However, as the report further stated, the company is said to have reduced her part (presumably after backlash against her portrayal in Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and used a different character as the lead baddie.
Regardless, it will be intriguing to find out if Sam Wilson's upcoming adventure brings the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent back to the light, or whether it commits to her new villainous journey.
Captain America 4 will mark the continuation of a promising MCU career for Anthony Mackie. In an interview with Variety, (at the 18:26 mark), Mackie stated that, while he doesn't see himself playing Sam Wilson character into his 50s, he hopes to don the stars and stripes for the better part of the next decade: "I definitely don't want to be a 55-year-old Captain America, so I've got a solid six to eight [years] in me."
Fans will likely have a better idea of when they should expect to see more of Captain America following Marvel Studios' SDCC panel.