The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor Anthony Mackie has said he would be “very happy” if Chris Evans returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused (opens in new tab) podcast, and reported by Comic Book (opens in new tab), Mackie said: “You know, I've heard that, like I've seen that, and, look, Chris is my boy, so if they're getting the band back together, I'll be very happy with that.”
If Evans did come back, though, it most likely wouldn’t be as an active superhero – after all, the events of Avengers: Endgame left his character Steve Rogers seriously aged after he went back in time to live a whole life with Peggy Carter. The initial Deadline (opens in new tab) report indicated that there probably wouldn't be another Captain America film starring Evans, and he'd instead have a role more like Robert Downey Jr. post-Iron Man 3. This would leave Mackie’s Falcon free to take up (and keep) the Cap mantle.
However, Mackie has said that we don’t know for sure that his character will be the new Captain America. It seems very, very likely, but there’s always a chance Sam will keep his Falcon identity and just use the shield, or that he could end up handing the mantle over to his friends and allies Bucky Barnes or Sharon Carter. It’s even possible that newcomer US Agent will end up hanging on to the title...
Whatever happens, it’s good to know that Mackie would be happy to see Evans again, since the internet’s reaction to the rumour breaking was overwhelmingly positive. Could we be seeing Steve back in a potential second season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Fingers crossed.