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Captain America: New World Order: What We Know About The Marvel Movie So Far

Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson suited up as new Captain America
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In April 2021, the Marvel Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier came to an end and led to some major questions about what was next for the show and Anthony Mackie’s future as Captain America. Since then, there has been a great deal of speculation and a sprinkling of news surrounding Captain America 4.

Though we didn’t initially know much about the upcoming Marvel movie, over time, more and more has been revealed with news about the writing team behind the film, the director, and the return of Sam Wilson. That all changed at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, when Marvel Studios chief, Kevin Feige, revealed some exciting plans for the MCU moving forward, including what has since been revealed as Captain America: New World Order.

If you want to know more about this exciting Marvel Phase 5 project, including its release date, information on the creative team bringing it to life, and other details, stick around, because we’re going to break it all down now.

The Captain America: New World Order logo

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Captain America: New World Order Premieres May 3, 2024

In the spring of 2021, Deadline swooped in with one of the biggest superhero movie scoops of the year when it revealed that Captain America 4 was in the works and would follow up the Disney+ series that ended earlier that month. Fast-forward over a year, and Kevin Feige was front and center on the Hall H stage 2022 San Diego Comic-Con not only sharing the film’s new and official title — Captain America: New World Order — but also that it will open in theaters May 3, 2024. The official Marvel Twitter account followed up with this big announcement (one of many that night) with further confirmation of the title and release date as well as the movie’s logo, further adding to the excitement.

Anthony Mackie as Captain America in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

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Anthony Mackie Is Set To Reprise His Role As Captain America

When Captain America: New World Order opens on the big screen in May 2024, it will be 10 years (plus one month) since Mackie was first introduced as Sam Wilson and became one of Steve Rogers’ closest allies and best friends in the critically-acclaimed, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Talk about one hell of a decade for Mackie and his most famous character, who went from sidekick to the star of his own movie.

In August 2021, Deadline reported that Mackie closed on a deal to star in what was still referred to as Captain America 4 at the time and would become the first official member of the movie’s cast. Not a whole lot is known about what kind of threats Mackie’s Cap will face in the new movie, but producer Nate Moore did call the character an “underdog” and compared him to Rocky Balboa when speaking with Comicbook.com’s Phase Zero podcast.

There has not been any official word on who will be joining Mackie in the Captain America: New World Order cast, but it would a shocker if Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker, and Danny Ramirez’s Joaquin Torres weren’t part of the story. Ramirez didn’t say much about his future in MCU when CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes asked him about it in early 2022, but he was excited to be a part of the MCU’s push for diverse characters, calling it “a beautiful thing to look forward to.”

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Julius Onah Will Direct Captain America: New World Order

With Joe and Anthony Russo busy with their various Netflix projects, the brothers behind the previous two Captain America movies (as well as the third and fourth Avengers epics) won’t be returning to direct New World Order. Instead, Julius Onah, the Nigerian-American filmmaker behind 2018’s The Cloverfield Paradox will be sitting in the director’s chair when the movie eventually starts production at a later date. 

The hiring was first announced in July 2022, when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the director, who made his feature-length debut in 2018 with the action thriller, The Girl Is in Trouble, would become the first person without the last name of Russo to direct a Captain America movie for the first time in more than a decade.

Bucky and Sam facing off against John Walker.

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Captain America: New World Order Is Being Written By The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Showrunner, Malcolm Spellman

Although the Captain America: New World Order director will be working with Marvel Studios for the first time in his career, it is a different story for the film’s main screenwriter. In April 2021, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Malcolm Spellman, who created, wrote, and served as showrunner on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would be returning to pen the script for what was then called Captain America 4. The outlet also reported at the time that Dalan Musson, who served as a writer on the Disney+ streaming series, would be co-writing the script alongside Spellman.

There aren’t a lot of details about Spellman’s script for Captain America: New World Order at this time, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to think the former showrunner will not shy away from tackling social issues in the new movie. At the time Spellman told CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg that Marvel fans had already proved they were “very willing to go on these rides and deal with stuff that has substance.”

Multiverse Saga logo

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Captain America: New World Order Will Be One Of The Final Marvel Phase 5 Titles

There has been a great deal of apprehension concerning the MCU’s future as Phase 4 draws to a close, but fans were given some much needed reassuring in July 2022 when Kevin Feige shared information about the next two phases in what is being called the Multiverse Saga. During the Marvel Studios presentation at 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, Feige revealed the full slate for Phase 5, which will kick off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in February 2023 and conclude with Thunderbolts in July 2024.

Near the end of the short, yet incredibly stacked, Phase 5 (at least 12 movies and shows in under 18 months) is Captain America: New World Order, which is set to premiere just two-and-a-half months before we start working our way to Phase 6 and the arrival of the long-in-the-works Fantastic Four. With Captain America 4 being so close to Thunderbolts, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the two movies share a few characters or an interconnected story.

There is still a lot we don’t yet know about Captain America: New World Order or which upcoming Marvel movies will fill up those remaining spots in Phase 6, but expect to know more in the very near future.

Philip Sledge
Philip Sledge

Philip grew up in Louisiana (not New Orleans) before moving to St. Louis after graduating from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. When he's not writing about movies or television, Philip can be found being chased by his three kids, telling his dogs to stop yelling at the mailman, or yelling about professional wrestling to his wife. If the stars properly align, he will talk about For Love Of The Game being the best baseball movie of all time.