Chris Evans backs Anthony Mackie in response to speculation he’ll reprise his Marvel role: ‘Sam Wilson is Captain America’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may not be big enough for two Captain Americas — and Chris Evans is more than happy to hand off his shield.

On Saturday, the actor — who played the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, from 2011 to 2019 — made it clear in a tweet that it’s Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson who can now rightfully claim the title. The character, once known as Falcon, took on the Captain America mantle during last year’s Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

“Sam Wilson is Captain America,” Evans, 41, tweeted in response to The Hollywood Reporter‘s post speculating as to whether he would reprise his role in a fourth Captain America film that filmmaker Julius Onah is set to direct, with Mackie starring. “If the question of who is entitled to carry the shield continues, all bets are off,” the publication mused.

In addition to backing Mackie/Wilson, Evan’s tweet also seemed to suggest that he won’t make an appearance in the latest installment, co-written by Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer Malcolm Spellman.

The tweet has also divided Marvel fans, many of whom are ready to accept Wilson as the new Captain America and others who refuse to see anyone other than Evans as Steve Rogers in that role.

“This is the sexiest thing you’ve ever tweeted,” one commenter responded.

“He has spoken!! So all of y’all can stop questioning it & accept the new Captain America Sam Wilson! And he’s going to go a fantastic job!,” wrote another fan.

“Chris has passed the torch! Period… End of story!” read another tweet.

The pro-Evans/Rogers contingent, meanwhile, left comments like “You are Captain America, bro” and “No no and no!!!!!! It’s YOU!!!!!!!”

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