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Thunderbolts: Harrison Ford Reportedly Marvel’s Top Pick to Play General Ross

Thunderbolts: Harrison Ford Reportedly Marvel's Top Pick to Play General Ross

The latest rumor in town points to how legendary actor Harrison Ford is Marvel Studios’ top choice to play General Thunderbolt Ross in the upcoming MCU premise which surrounds a mix of supervillains/anti-heroes in a ragtag ensemble, also known as Thunderbolts. As of now, what Marvel Studios have had up its sleeves has completely astounded the fans.

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The plausible addition of an eminent face in Thunderbolts?

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With an announcement that is set to bring in Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine within the overarching, expansive realm of the MCU, fans deem any rumor highly likely to happen at this point. While it is not known whether or not the Indiana Jones alum has already passed on the offer, the speculation in itself has warranted a mixed audience reception.

Harrison Ford As General Ross?

Harrison Ford is the top pick for General Ross recasting
Harrison Ford is the top pick to play General Ross

The rumor was brought to attention by The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider via The Hot Mic podcast. According to the tweet, the renowned actor was or currently is Marvel Studios’ number one choice to star as one of the most integral characters of the franchise, General Ross. This appearance is allegedly slated for Thunderbolts. The role was previously embodied by late actor William Hurt who unfortunately met his demise earlier this year.

At present, it cannot be ascertained whether or not Harrison Ford has accepted the offer. Marvel insiders do claim against these speculations. As mentioned by Sneider, “Marvel insiders deny he [Harrison Ford] has been cast in the movie.”

Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk
Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk

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Thaddeus Ross has appeared in five key Marvel movies, namely, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and much recently, Black Widow. Irrespective of the rumors, the alleged choice of Marvel Studios to bring back the character in Thunderbolts does have intriguing implications. Can the fans be reliant on this speculation as a sliver of hope for the Red Hulk’s introduction in the MCU? Possibly.

Fans’ Reaction To The News

Fans' reaction to the Harrison Ford-MCU rumors
Fans’ reaction to the Harrison Ford-MCU rumors

While some fans of the 80-year-old Hollywood icon are quite skeptical of Marvel Studios’ reportedly eyeing Ford as a possible casting choice for General Ross, others seem to be quite ecstatic. Harrison Ford is renowned for his dynamic performances. With a plethora of staggering endeavors to account for, MCU potentially bringing in the actor for a role is nothing short of outstanding.

Take a look at what the fans have to say:

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Another popular fan-favorite recasting choice seems to favor Sam Elliott’s iteration of the character that made its appearance in the 2003 Hulk. Some, however, have affirmed that both Ford and Elliott would mount up to unwise decisions. Many believe that the next person to take on the depiction of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross should at least be in their 50s or 60s. At the present, nothing can truly be ascertained.

Therefore, the rumored Harrison Ford re-casting choice should be taken with a pinch of salt. The coming days would be telling in this regard. Irrespective of the recasting decision, General Ross’ alleged involvement in Thunderbolts in itself is quite intriguing, to say the least.

It might soon be revealed whether the ultimate decision taken by Marvel Studios executives would be favored by the fans or not.

Thunderbolts is slated for a 26 July 2024 release.

Source: Jeff Sneider

Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.