As MCU fans wait to hear if Sebastian Stan will return for Captain America 4, he jokes there might be one major obstacle in his way: Anthony Mackie.
Sebastian Stan jokes his good friend Anthony Mackie will keep him from joining Captain America 4. Stan has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost since the very beginning, having made his first appearance in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger. As Bucky Barnes, HYDRA’s prized assassin the Winter Soldier and best friend to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Stan has appeared in a total of 7 movies (post-credit scenes included) and two television shows. His most recent live-action appearance came in last year’s Disney+ event The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where he starred opposite Mackie.
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Fans wondered all throughout The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s 6-episode run if it would get a second season, and Marvel responded by announcing the development of Captain America 4 on the day of the finale. Mackie’s Sam Wilson ended Falcon and the Winter Soldier by accepting the mantle of Captain America, and the movie is expected to continue his journey as the MCU’s newest iteration of the hero. Aside from Mackie, the only people attached to Captain America 4 are writers Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson; it doesn’t even have a director yet.
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It also doesn’t have any co-stars, meaning Stan isn’t officially involved with Captain America 4. Many have wondered if he will reunite with Mackie to continue where The Falcon and the Winter Soldier left off, but as he told Extra while on the red carpet for the Pam & Tommy finale, he doesn’t know if he has a part in it just yet. However, he then joked that there’s one major obstacle that could get in his way: Mackie himself. While answering the question of if he’s in Captain America 4, Stan said:
“I don’t know, I really don’t know. I really hope Anthony Mackie doesn’t have any say in it. Because if he has any say in it, I’m not in Captain America 4. I love him! I love him. He’s the best.”
Mackie and Stan have a legendary friendship that fans love witnessing from afar. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was, at least partially, born from their excellent onscreen chemistry, and though Stan said recently he hasn’t spoken to Mackie in months, the love is still there. Seeing them reunite on the big screen for Captain America 4 would no doubt make a lot of people very happy, but perhaps Stan needs to audition for Mackie to make it happen.
Right now, Captain America 4 still seems to be in the very early stages of development. Mackie only officially signed on back in August, and there haven’t been any updates since. At the time of Mackie’s casting, Marvel boss Kevin Feige said he had a release date in mind for Captain America 4, but added that it could easily change. Therefore, there’s still time for Stan to join his old pal Mackie for the movie – assuming that Mackie lets him join. After all, this is his film first and foremost.
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