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Marvel Studios Casts Harrison Ford to Replace the Late William Hurt as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in the MCU

Harrison Ford has been cast in the role of Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross in the MCU. The Oscar-nominated actor will take over the role of the infamous Marvel General following the death of the character’s original actor, William Hurt, this past March.

Ford, who was cast by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, will play General Ross in multiple movies, beginning with Captain America: New World Order. Reporter Jeff Sneider first shared the news on Twitter, tweeting: “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.”

The casting news was later confirmed by /Film, which added that Ford will also be appearing in Marvel’s Thunderbolts, the upcoming supervillain ensemble feature that will serve as the conclusion to Marvel’s Phase 5. Based on traditional depictions of the team in the comics, several other MCU characters, including Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster and Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, will also appear in Thunderbolts.

General Ross first appeared in the MCU in the 2008 movie, The Incredible Hulk. Hurt reprised the role in Captain America: Civil War, the final two Infinity Saga Avengers films and Black Widow.

It’s currently unclear how Ford’s version of General Ross  will be presented out in the MCU’s upcoming projects. However, a more fan-pleasing version of Ross is expected to appear in the franchise’s upcoming projects.

A recent episode of Marvel’s She-Hulk teased a Red Hulk, which is what happens to General Ross in the comic books. The Red Hulk was created as part of a super soldier program by Intelligencia, an organization that also appeared on the MCU Disney+ television series. He soon became a fan favorite, as he’s a more tactical, weapon-toting Hulk.

However, Marvel’s Hulk roles often involve a lot of motion capture work, and it’s not presently known if Ford will wear a motion capture suit to bring Red Hulk to the big screen. Even if the actor doesn’t play the Red Hulk, the MCU appears eager to continue General Ross’ legacy on screen in future films.

The fourth Captain America movie, New World Order, will be directed by Julius Onah [Luce, The Cloverfield Paradox], and Thunderbolts will be helmed by Jake Schreier [Robot & Frank, Paper Towns]. Captain America: New World Order will be release on May 3, 2024, and Thunderbolts will be distributed on July 26, 2024.

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Karen Benardello
Karen Benardellohttps://cinemadailyus.com
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.


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