Thunderbolts movie reportedly has added Harrison Ford to play General Ross, bringing back the Marvel character back to the MCU.
According to reporter Jeff Sneider, the Star Wars and Indiana Jones star will take the role as the infamous Marvel general following the passing of original actor, William Hurt.
“We’re hearing Harrison Ford HAS, in fact, been cast as Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, who is expected to make his first appearance in… CAPTAIN AMERICA 4,” said Sneider on Twitter.
The breaking news was confirmed by Slashfilm which also added that the actor will be appearing in Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie — the upcoming team-up movie that will close Phase 5 of the MCU.
William Hurt’s General Ross has already appeared in multiple MCU films including 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civl War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and finally Black Widow.
Unfortunately, Hurt died earlier this year, leaving Marvel Studios no choice but to recast if they wanted General Ross to be part of the Thunderbolts movie. Recasting actors in the MCU isn’t an easy task.
There are no further details on how much Ford is involved in the Thunderbolts movie, but the character “Thunderbolt” Ross is somewhat similar to Suicide Squad’s Amanda Waller in DC Comics. But there’s more to Ross than just the person behind the desk calling all the shots. A more fan-pleasing version of Ross may be coming.
The She-Hulk season one finale teased a “Red Hulk” — something that actually happens to Ross in the comic books. Created as a part of a super soldier program by Intelligencia (an organization that also appeared in She-Hulk), the Red Hulk made his comic book debut in 2008. He soon became a fan favorite.
As fans know, Hulk roles involve a lot of motion capture work. It’s still unclear if Ford will put on a motion capture suit to bring Red Hulk to reality, but it sounds as though General Ross will make his return to the MCU.
The Thunderbolts movie is scheduled for a 2024 release. The Marvel movie stars Stranger Thing’s David Harbour as Red Guardian. Olga Kurylenko will reprise her role as Taskmaster from the Black Widow movie. Florence Pugh will reprise her role as Yelena Belova. Sebastian Stan will be back as Bucky Barnes a.k.a. Winter Soldier. Hannah John-Kamen will reprise her role as Ava Starr a.k.a. Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp.