Liv Tyler returns to the Marvel franchise after 15 years

Wednesday 29 March 2023

There’s a good chance you forgot Liv Tyler was ever in a Marvel movie, seeing it’s been 15 years since she was Betty Ross.

Tyler played a scientist who was the love interest to Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, when Edward Norton was the big green guy.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Tyler will reprise the character in Captain America 4, subtitled New World Order. There are no details on what role Betty Ross is expected to play in the story, but it is confirmed that Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who is her father, will be in the film.

Harrison Ford will portray Thunderbolt Ross, taking over the role from William Hurt, who died in 2022.

Captain America: New World Order is due for release mid next year and will feature Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson in the title role.

The first three Captain America movies starred Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. When Evans finished his run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Endgame, Steve passed Cap’s iconic vibranium shield to Sam.

Sam’s superhero identity, at the time, was that of Falcon. The mini-series Falcon and Winter Soldier starred Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and explored, in part, Sam’s journey to accepting the Captain America mantle. In particular, it delved into what it means for a black man in that role.

New World Order will also feature Danny Ramirez, Shira Haas, Xosha Roquemore and Carl Lumby.

The film will also mark the return of Tim Blake Nelson to the MCU since The Incredible Hulk. He will reprise his role as Samuel Sterns, a scientist who is transformed into Leader.

The Incredible Hulk has a slightly disconnected place in the MCU. It was the now booming franchise’s second movie, after the original Iron Man. But its continuity hasn’t been as woven into the rest of Marvel’s interconnected narrative universe.

Perhaps that was due in part to the recasting of Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk from Norton to Mark Ruffalo. Reports at the time said it was Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s decision to recast the character but Norton has also claimed it was his choice to leave.