Phase 5 is well under way in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans have been reeling with excitement for upcoming projects. An interesting development has now emerged with the fourth installment of the Captain America franchise, as the title has changed to Captain America: Brave New World.
The news broke when Anthony Mackie posted a photo to his Instagram account that revealed the new name and logo on the back of set chairs, with Harrison Ford also in frame. Fans eagerly anticipate how Sam Wilson will develop in his new role as Captain America in the previously titled New World Order.
Captain America 4 ‘New World Order’ to ‘Brave New World’…what gives?
Title changes for many films, especially in the MCU, happen on a regular basis—most recently, Agatha: House of Harkness became Agatha: Coven of Chaos. There usually isn’t too much to analyze when it comes to these title changes. However, fans of the comics may remember an event tie-in with the same branding.
Secret Empire is a somewhat infamous story where Red Skull uses the cosmic cube (which was sentient at the time) to rewrite history and create a twisted version of Captain America that is a Hydra sleeper agent. We have already seen Marvel Studios incorporate some elements of this story in previous movies—including Steve Rogers’ “Hail Hydra.”
Brave New World is a tie-in series to Secret Empire, telling an anthology of reactions to a twisted Steve Rogers and Hydra taking over cities.
Will the movie be like the ‘Brave New World‘ comic?
There are a couple of reasons the film will probably not follow the comic. Brave New World’s anthological format would not lend to a story in this medium. In the comic, we see tales from Gwenpool, Namor, a Hydra agent named Bob, Emma Frost, Domino, Giant Man (Raz Malhotra), and the origin of the new Patriot—Rayshaun Lucas. Most of these characters don’t yet exist in the MCU, so it’s unlikely the plot would be able to play out in the same manner.
The anthologies are short, only Namor’s story is continuously told throughout the five-issue series. Sam Wilson isn’t featured in the series, either. It is also unlikely that Brave New World features a “Hydra Cap,” as that story doesn’t fit a Sam-centric film.
When does ‘Captain America: Brave New World‘ release?
When announced, Captain America: New World Order had a release date of May 3, 2024. However, given the rise in release delays, the fact that the movie is still filming, and the ongoing writers’ strike, expect that date to change.
The film is set to explore the challenges Sam Wilson faces and the impact his role has on the world as he takes up the mantle of Captain America. Julius Onah, co-writer of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is set to direct. Fans will be eagerly anticipating more news about the film as San Diego Comic Con’s July 19-23 date looms on the horizon.
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