Earlier this month, Disney and Marvel Studios announced at the D23 Expo that Emmy nominee Sheila Haas (Netflix’s unorthodox) will star as superhero Sabu in the forthcoming fourth Captain America film. Pull the identity to join the MCU. Titled Captain America: The New World Order, the film also brings back the leader who had been teased in 2008’s Hulk.
In the comics, Sabra is the alter ego of Israeli superhero Ruth Bat-Seraph, a mutant with superhuman abilities who is an agent of the Israeli secret service Mossad. The character has long been mired in controversy, but Marvel has confirmed to Variety that it’s taking a “new approach” on the big screen with Sabra.
“While our characters and stories are inspired by comics, they’ve always been freshly imagined for the screen and audiences today,” the studio said in a statement type“The filmmakers are taking a new approach to the character Sabra, who first appeared in the comics more than 40 years ago.”
Born near Jerusalem, Israel, Bat-Seraph grew up in a special kibbutz run by the Israeli government after her mutant powers manifested. She was the first superhuman agent to serve in the Mossad, and in addition to being a government agent, she quickly became a police officer. Her first public outing as Sabra was a fight with the Hulk, who she falsely believed was working with terrorists in 1981’s The Incredible Hulk #256.
Her name has also been controversial because it’s a bit of a stereotype in itself. Sabra could simply be a person born in Israel. What’s more, it’s also the name of a refugee camp in Lebanon where, in June 1982, just a year after her debut, a right-wing Christian militia massacred hundreds of Palestinians while the Israeli army stood idly by and did nothing.
With so little information provided so far, we still don’t know how the character will be modernized, but given Marvel’s recent take on Shang-Chi’s father, things are definitely going down a notch.
Captain America: The New World Order star Anthony McKee will reprise his role, with the new Captain set to hit theaters on May 3, 2024.
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