Shira Haas, the Emmy-nominated actress known for the popular Israeli television series “Shtisel” and the Emmy-nominated TV miniseries “Unorthodox,” is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Haas will play a hero called “Sabra” in the upcoming fourth Captain America Feature film titled, “Captain America: New World Order,” which is expected to be released in 2024.
So, like her fellow Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in the DC movies, Shira Haas will also get to play a comic book superhero. But Haas and Gadot will be rivals since Wonder Woman is a DC character and Haas will play a Marvel character.
Shira Haas’ casting, as well as the inclusion of the character itself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has brought phony outrage from some. This is like how when Gal Gadot was cast as Cleopatra in an as yet to made movie people who hate Israel made an issue about Casting a non-Arab in the role; even though, the Ancient Egyptian queen was actually a descendant of ancient Greeks and today neither nation is really connected to its past.
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The Sabra is a type of fruit, but in Israel, it is used to refer to native born Israelis, because like the fruit they are rough on the outside and sweet on the inside. And the 27 year old Shira Haas is herself a Sabra, having been born in Israel, so the casting is fitting.
Sabra – in the comics – was born Ruth Bat-Seraph near Jerusalem, grew up on a kibbutz and was the first superhuman Mossad agent in history. Sabra once fought with the Hulk who thought she was a bad guy and has enhanced all of her physical abilities, such as strength, speed, agility, reflexes, endurance and stamina, and is also bullet proof like Superman. Her first appearance came in a Hulk comic book and then Sabra got her own spin off series starting with a story set in Israel titled “Incredible Hulk: Power in the Promised Land!”
We don’t know yet what Shira Haas’ costume will look like in the new movie that will Star Anthony Mackie, who previously played Captain America’s sidekick Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. But as fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe already know, the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, retired from that role in the last Avengers movie. So now Mackie – the Falcon – will get to step up and become the new Captain America.