Captain America: New World Order has been under the spotlight throughout the D23 Expo this week. There have been a whole lot of announcements. Kevin Feige revealed the main villain of Captain America 4 to be The Leader who will be played by Tim Blake Nelson. A new logo was also revealed for Captain America which had an addition of the Falcon’s wings. Julius Onah, the director of the movie was present along with Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson), Carl Lumbley (Isaiah Bradley) and Danny Ramirez (Joaquin Torres). One final announcement that was made was a historical one for the MCU. They introduced the first-ever Israeli superhero Sabra. Sabra will be played by Israeli actress Shira Haas.
Captain America: New World Order will feature Sabra, one of the few notable Israeli superheroes from Marvel Comics. The announcement was made by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige on Saturday. The character will be portrayed by Shira Haas, the Israeli actress who received international attention for her role in the 2020 Netflix series Unorthodox. The character of Sabra debuted in the early 1980s, in The Incredible Hulk. She was created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema. Actress Shira Haas also confirmed her involvement on Instagram by sharing an article regarding the same.
This is also a great landmark for the MCU as it will further explore mutants who have not yet been dived into too much except for Ms. Marvel and Professor Charles Xavier’s cameo in Multiverse of Madness. Sabra is a mutant much like Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men. While there have been Jewish characters in the MCU most prominently Moon Knight, Sabra is the only known character who was born and raised in Israel. While we do not yet know how Sabra will be involved in Captain America: New World Order, she will definitely be a great addition.
Sabra, also known as Ruth Bat-Seraph is a mutant with several superhuman abilities. She was the first superhuman agent to serve the Israeli Secret Service Mossad. Sabra was also a police-woman in the Israeli Police forces of Tel Aviv, as a cover. She has battled Hulk a few times before in the comics. Her appearance in The Incredible Hulk also ties her to the main villain The Leader who had appeared in the movie. Eventually she joined the cause of the mutants and became a part of Charles Xavier’s team. She even fought alongside the X-Men.
Her powers range from superhuman strength, stamina, agility to regenerative healing factor. However, her most impressive ability is that of Life-energy transfer and Power Bestowal. She has even saved lives using this power. Through this she is essentially able to charge other individuals by transferring to them her own life energy. This can also result in her bestowing some low level powers at random to the ones she saves. Once she gave someone the power to generate winds. Nonetheless, we do not yet know what Sabra’s origins and powers will be in Captain America: New World Order and the movie could very well deviate from the comics.