Fans of The Incredible Hulk and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have reason to celebrate as Liv Tyler has been confirmed to return to the franchise in Captain America: New World Order. Tyler will be reprising her role as Betty Ross, fifteen years after first portraying the character in the 2008 film.
While this news may not come as a shock to MCU fans, it is a testament to the growing importance of The Incredible Hulk within the larger Marvel universe. Betty’s onscreen father, General “Thunderbolt” Ross, has already made significant appearances in previous MCU phases and films, including Captain America: Civil War and the last two Avengers movies.
It is worth noting that Harrison Ford has taken over the role of Ross in Captain America: New World Order following the passing of William Hurt in 2022. This casting choice is sure to add even more excitement to the upcoming film.
The return of Liv Tyler and the continued presence of The Incredible Hulk in the MCU signals an exciting future for Marvel fans, with new possibilities and storylines yet to be explored. Captain America: New World Order is set to hit theaters in 2024, and fans are eagerly anticipating its release.
When Did We Last See Liv Tyler as Betty Ross?
The character of Betty Ross played a vital role in helping Bruce Banner, portrayed by Edward Norton, control his inner Hulk. However, as the Hulk storyline underwent several changes, including the recasting of Banner with Mark Ruffalo, Betty Ross was seemingly lost in the past. Her return to the MCU seemed unlikely as the Hulk’s origins had been altered.
But with Liv Tyler confirmed to reprise her role as Betty Ross in Captain America: New World Order, fans can start speculating on the possibilities of her return in Phase Five. Tyler’s return signals that the MCU is willing to revisit the past and tie up loose ends.
Who Else Has The MCU Brought Back?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown a commitment to keeping The Incredible Hulk alive in their memory by bringing back characters from the 2008 film. In addition to Betty Ross’s return in Captain America: New World Order, the MCU previously brought back the villain from The Incredible Hulk, the Abomination (played by Tim Roth), as a major player in the TV series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Throughout the series, the Abomination was the main client of Jennifer Walters (played by Tatiana Maslany), and she worked to free him from prison after he expressed regret for his past destructive actions. These callbacks to The Incredible Hulk show that the film still holds relevance within the larger MCU, even though the character of Bruce Banner has been recast.
Captain America: New World Order, the upcoming film featuring Anthony Mackie as the titular character, will also tie into the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series chronicled Mackie’s character’s transition from Falcon to Captain America, and the ending introduced a new Captain America with differing morals from Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans).
Directed by Julius Onah and written by Dalan Musson and Malcolm Spellman, Captain America: New World Order has just begun filming and features an impressive cast, including Liv Tyler, Harrison Ford, Sebastian Stan, Tim Blake Nelson, Carl Lumbly, Danny Ramirez, Shira Haas, and Xos