Captain America: New World Order is generating buzz for its exciting casting, including the return of a surprising MCU character last seen during the Infinity Saga.
While filming for Captain America 4 is underway, the Phase 5 film is stealing the spotlight with a star-studded lineup that features Anthony Mackie, Harrison Ford, Danny Ramirez, and Carl Lumbly. Additionally, Tim Blake Nelson's portrayal of The Leader has sparked rumors that the movie will finally address a long-awaited cliffhanger from The Incredible Hulk.
According to a recent report, there may be even more plot points that will be explored in the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liv Tyler will be reprising her role as Betty Ross in Captain America: New World Order, marking her return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since her appearance in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, where she starred opposite Edward Norton's Bruce Banner.
In the film, Betty is the daughter of General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, previously portrayed by the late William Hurt. However, Indiana Jones and Star Wars actor Harrison Ford will be taking on the role in the upcoming Phase 5 movie led by Anthony Mackie. Tyler is well-known for her roles in Armageddon, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and HBO's The Leftovers, in addition to her brief stint in the MCU.
How Liv Tyler’s Betty Ross Fits in Captain America 4 (Theory)
Diehard MCU fans are thrilled to see Liv Tyler returning as Betty Ross in Captain America 4, but it remains to be seen how her character fits into the larger MCU narrative. As confirmed by Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo in 2018, Betty was a victim of Thanos' snap, which means that she was gone for five years. The snap's negative impact on her life could be explored in the upcoming film.
Moreover, there is a possibility that Betty's return could lead to a villainous turn, similar to her transformation into Red She-Hulk in the comics. This could potentially be due to her anger towards Bruce Banner and the Avengers for failing to defeat Thanos in the past.
Alternatively, the movie could focus on continuing the story of Betty and Bruce's relationship, with Betty being kidnapped by Samuel Sterns (The Leader) to lure Hulk into a trap. However, it is unclear if Mark Ruffalo's Avenger will appear in the film.
Regardless of the direction the story takes, Betty Ross' comeback in Captain America 4 offers an opportunity to flesh out the Hulk's story and raise the stakes for Sam Wilson's solo adventure.
Captain America: New World Order is set to premiere in theaters on May 3, 2024.