Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson was handed the mantle of Captain America in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, but despite strapping on the shield, Sam never suited up. But he almost made his Captain America debut in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home.
According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Creative Executive Eric Carroll, Far From Home originally included Spidey calling for back-up from the Avengers, which would have arrived in the form of Sam Wilson/Captain America.
"We briefly talked about bringing in Falcon as Captain America at the end, like maybe once Peter's arced, and he's sort of like leading the team, like maybe he calls in a favor," Carroll told ComicBook. "But we also thought it was really important to the arc of this movie that there not be other Avengers available to Nick Fury or Peter, so he'd have to step up and do it himself."
"Ultimately, Spider-Man: Far From Home is Spider-Man's journey, whether any other heroes appear in it or not. It's all about Peter stepping up," added Feige. "And Peter getting out of the shadow, not just of Tony but of the Avengers in general. Because by the way, he's Spider-Man. He doesn't need to be in the shadow of the Avengers. So other than Maria, and Nick, and Happy, and the emotional presence of Tony... You hear, he asks about Thor. He asks about Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel."
Feige also added that, at one point, Peter and his friends' Euro-trip would have included a visit to New Asgard.
Speaking of near misses for Mackie, the path that started him on his journey to being Captain America, being cast as Falcon, happened through an audition Mackie gave for a very different Marvel role - that of Iron Man 3's ersatz Mandarin, according to a profile from Men's Health.
Mackie may debut as Captain America in Disney+'s upcoming streaming series Falcon and Winter Soldier. Spider-Man: Far From Home is due out in North American theaters July 2.