We know that a Captain America 4 is coming and that movie will star Anthony Mackie as the new Cap. Now head writer on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Malcolm Spellman has suggested where Sam’s story could go. Considering Spellman is (unofficially) writing Captain America 4, we should definitely be paying attention.
“I believe that’s going to be his conflict moving forward. It’s appropriate,” Spellman told Everyone Loves a Good Story. “In the action genre, what made Die Hard a classic wasn’t who Bruce Willis beat, it was what he went through to beat them.”
“He’s walking through glass with no shoes on, you know what I’m saying,” Spellman added about Willis’ embattled cop John McClane. “That’s what people can identify with: ‘This motherf—er is just like me and taking on the bad guys.’ What better hero than that to root for?”
I guess at LRM, I was in the minority when it comes to Sam. I wanted Sam to get the Super Soldier Serum so he’d be able to do the things Steve once could. After all, these are superhero films, not Die Hard. My colleagues however say that this iteration of Captain America is closer to Sam’s version in the comics, where he also did not have superpowers. Is it too much for me to hope that wherever this conflict goes in Captain America 4, it ends up with Sam getting abilities? Does Sam need to stay powerless for this character to work?
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Maybe I’m dead wrong and Marvel will construct a great arc for Sam Wilson where his lack of superpowered abilities will be essential. I also have to admit to not knowing the Captain America comics with Sam all that well. In my comic book reading days, Sam had still not made that step. It is therefore hard to love an aspect of a character I don’t yet understand. I’ll just have to wait and see how this all pans out.
What are your hopes for Captain America 4 and what do you think of Spellman’s comments about Sam? Leave any thoughts below.