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Marvel Studios' Captain America: New World Order has a villain - The Leader

14 years later, Tim Blake Nelson is back as the Leader for Captain America: New World Order

Tim Blake Nelson is reprising his role as the Leader in the upcoming Marvel Studios film Captain America: New World Order. The news was announced Saturday during D23 Expo's Studio Showcase panel for Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios.

Nelson played Samuel Sterns (AKA the Leader) in 2008's Incredible Hulk, the sometimes-overlooked second film in Marvel Cinematic Universe history. On stage, Nelson said being asked to return was a delight.

"Marvel is part of cinema history, and that I get to be a part of that is an absolute honor," says the actor.

Captain America: New World Order
Image credit: Marvel Comics

Captain America: New World Order stars Anthony Mackie as Captain America, and is directed by Julius Onah.

Captain America: New World Order is scheduled to debut May 3, 2024.

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