At D23 Expo on Saturday, fans got more information about Captain America: New World Order, the biggest piece of that information being the Marvel film's cast. The film will include Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Captain America, Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley, Shira Haas as Sabra, Danny Ramirez as Falcon, and Tim Blake Nelson as The Leader — with The Leader apparently serving as the film's central villain.
For Marvel fans, the announcement of Nelson's casting in the film has been exciting and surprising. The last time they saw Nelson's Samuel Sterns was in The Incredible Hulk over 14 years ago. The character's last appearance ended with him lying on the ground with his transformation into The Leader teased. However, the character hasn't been referenced since. Interestingly, Nelson isn't the only actor returning to the MCU after a long absence. Tim Roth, who played Abomination in The Incredible Hulk, recently appeared in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Even with the lengthy absence, fans are pretty excited to see Nelson return to the MCU. We've rounded up a sampling of fan reactions to the announcement and you can check them out below and be sure to share your own thoughts in the comment section.
What do you think about the cast of Captain America: New World Order? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! The film arrives in theaters on May 3, 2024. Check out a full breakdown of D23 Expo panels and events here.
happy to see tim blake nelson back. The Leader feels like one of the bigger loose ends from the early mcu they have yet to tie up.— andrew #1 MAN THING stan (@burtbeefcastle) September 10, 2022
Not a drill!
TIM BLAKE NELSON IS COMING BACK AS "The Leader".
THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!— alex (@Bent_OutOfShape) September 10, 2022
Tim Blake Nelson’s back! I’m thrilled!— Mr. Smileypoo (@mr_smileypoo) September 10, 2022
(Some people might think I’m being sarcastic, but I’ve been wanting this since they brought William Hurt back.) pic.twitter.com/cRE9o42GKY
Strange choice, but glad
I'm just glad Tim Blake Nelson is coming back to play The Leader in Captain America 4. Very strange villain to be in the movie, but overall...I'm glad. pic.twitter.com/WtZdG5hoWd— Jeddo (@Nenroh) September 10, 2022
Not on the bingo card
tim blake nelson finally getting his marvel villain moment after being teased way back in 2008 wasn’t on my d23 bingo card— megan (@shirebaggins) September 10, 2022
Are you kidding? Tim Blake Nelson returning is the best thing I've heard out of all of D23. This is great news.— Phil Caravella (@Phil_Caravella) September 10, 2022
Looking forward to it
Me too. The Leader is a fun villain to have in the MCU, wgherw we usually see villains utilise their strength or power, we see the Leader utilise his mind and gamma infused intellect.
Really looking forward to see Tim Blake Nelson's return to the role.— Milkias Samuel (@milkias_samuel) September 10, 2022