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.
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?
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.”
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
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:
Apparently there are rumors that Marvel will be recasting General Ross for Thunderbolts & Harrison Ford is someone they considered. Is it not too soon since William Hurt died? I can't really picture anyone else being General Ross. Can't do it Marvel. That's what I was told anyway
— JayShockblast (@JayShockblast) September 29, 2022
I can't imagine Harrison Ford in the mcu lmao
And fucking Thunderbolts at that 😭😭 https://t.co/rqXVDr9klI
— hmmm (@Larry_White42) September 29, 2022
NO I MEED IT YOU DONT UNDERDTAND NOW I NEED HIM I NEED HIM I NEED HIM BRO YOU JUST DONT UNDERDTAND
— diego, hip-hop, & comics 🇲🇽 (@dieg_guev7) September 29, 2022
I don’t think they should recast and that they should move on
But damn that’s a good choice
— Milmiskew (@Milmiskew) September 29, 2022
I would love to see Harrison Ford play a grumpy old man in the MCU, but if we're going to bring back Thunderbolt Ross to be in #Thunderbolts… we gotta go with Sam Elliot. It may muddy the water for some people, but the 'stache, man, the 'stache!
— Nerdy Ladd (@NerdyLadd) September 29, 2022
If Harrison Ford really did turn down the role of General Ross in Thunderbolts, I would like to make one suggestion- pic.twitter.com/pyWnOUNBYp
— Mateo Gallardo (@salvadoranart) September 29, 2022
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