Ever since Fortnite shocked the world with its blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War tie-in event, crossovers with major franchises have become an increasingly critical part of the gaming industry.
With Fortnite continuing to integrate cosmetics, items, and locations from almost every universe in pop culture, Activision's Call of Duty franchise has recently begun digging into the goldmine of crossover releases.
Since the release of the popular Warzone battle royale, fans have been treated to skins based on Judge Dredd, Rambo, John McClane, Saw's Billy the Puppet, and many more.
After Infinity Ward's popular Modern Warfare and Treyarch's divisive Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty has returned to its roots this year with Sledgehammer Games' Vanguard, a highly-anticipated return to the World War 2 era.
While some have criticized the setting choice for how it may limit cosmetic creativity, that doesn't seem to be slowing down Sledgehammer Games as recent leaks have suggested two iconic characters may be joining Vanguard soon.
Iconic Heroes Come to Call of Duty
According to reliable gaming industry insider Tom Henderson, Captain America and Indiana Jones will be making their way to Call of Duty: Vanguard this year in some form.
Henderson revealed Disney and Activision had previously held talks over the summer to discuss potential partnership opportunities.
The insider went on to suggest the Disney-owned characters will release as part of an event, potentially a follow-up to Black Ops Cold War's '80 Action Heroes event that saw the release of Rambo and John McClane playable operators.
When Will The Newest Heroes Release?
So far, Judge Dredd, Rambo, John McClane, and plenty of horror icons have been added into recent Call of Duty titles as playable operators. Should the rumors prove true, Captain America and Indiana Jones may be the next to make the jump, with a crossover with the anime series Attack on Titan also reportedly on the way to Vanguard.
Disney is no stranger to licensing their legendary characters out into the gaming world as much of the Marvel and Star Wars universes can already be found in Fortnite. Nonetheless, the move would be a big step forward as Disney takes its first leap into the Call of Duty world.
Given Call of Duty: Vanguard's World War 2 setting, two Nazi-killing icons would make a fitting addition to the ever-growing cosmetic line-up. Although, fans should prepare to start saving now as such bundles are typically accompanied by a steep COD Point cost on the in-game store.
Evidence of the two cosmetics surfacing in the in-game files certainly points toward an imminent release, although Call of Duty typically prepares its post-launch content many months in advance.
If Call of Duty ends up having its next action hero-themed event around the same time as the last, it's possible gamers may have some time to wait to get their hands on Captain America and Indiana Jones. During Black Ops Cold War, Rambo and John McClane didn't release until May, potentially leaving many months to go until they drop.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.