The news that Tim Blake Nelson would be returning as Dr. Samuel Sterns in Captain America: Brave New World (then titled New World Order) was welcomed by fans after the character's transformation into the Leader was teased in The Incredible Hulk, but we weren't given any indication of how/why the villain was going to be reintroduced back when his casting was first announced.
Now, insider @CanWeGetToast has shared some details on the Leader's role in the upcoming movie. Possible spoilers follow.
It seems Sterns will be revealed as the "secret benefactor" behind the Serpent Society. What this will entail is not clear, but we assume he'll be funding the group and possibly providing them with tech.
Does this mean the Leader will only have a small role in the sequel, pulling strings from the shadows? It's hard to say for sure, but Brave New World is shaping up to be a fairly jam-packed movie, so we wouldn't rule it out.
The rest of the main cast includes Shira Haas as Israeli superheroine Sabra, the returning Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley, and Danny Ramirez as the new Falcon. Harrison Ford will also make his MCU debut as "Thunderbolt" Ross.
Anthony Mackie will take flight as the new Sentinel of Liberty after taking up the mantle in Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Captain America: Brave New World is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2024.
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