Captain America 4 is coming. Despite Anthony Mackie’s attempts to downplay the news, evidence suggests that he’ll be getting his own movie following Sam Wilson stepping up as the new Cap in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And seeing as the film is being written by Falcon scribes Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, it seems we can expect it to pick up a lot of threads from the hit Disney Plus show.
It’s also possible that it’ll bring back some key characters from the Steve Rogers trilogy as well, though, as we’re hearing from our sources this week – the same ones that told us the Guardians will be appearing in Thor: Love and Thunder long before that was confirmed – that Captain America 4 will feature flashbacks to Peggy Carter’s time. The story will apparently include scenes that hark back to Peggy’s younger days and the S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder will feature.
This isn’t all that surprising, of course. Many of Hayley Atwell’s appearances in the MCU have come via flashbacks, including her cameos in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the opening scene of Ant-Man. What this tells us, though, is that Cap 4 will revisit S.H.I.E.L.D.’s past for some reason. Could this be to do with a young Isaiah Bradley and his time as a super soldier in the Korean War? How much did S.H.I.E.L.D. know about his terrible treatment?
It’s important to note that we’ve heard no mention of Steve coming back along with Peggy at this stage, but Evans may well appear in a different capacity. This fits with the way Falcon sidestepped the issue of confirming whether Old Man Steve spent his life married to Peggy in the prime timeline or a divergent one. If only Peggy appears on her own for her flashbacks in Captain America 4, that keeps the matter ambiguous and the fans guessing.
In any case, Hayley Atwell will next reprise her beloved role in the premiere of Marvel’s What If…? animated anthology series, which will explore what would happen if Peggy had received the super serum instead of Steve.