In economic crisis news, a handful of entertainment journalists online are reporting that Harrison Ford has been tapped to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replacing the recently passed William Hurt as General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross. While yet to be confirmed by any official channels, the news comes just over a month after the seminal actor previewed his other big bag-getting venture, a fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise, on stage at the D23 Expo in California.
The casting was first reported by Jeff Sneider on the Hot Mic With John Rocha and Jeff Sneider podcast, following months of swirling rumours. Sneider reports that the 80-year-old’s MCU debut will be in Captain America: New World Order, with a bigger part expected in the Suicide Squad-ish antihero caper Thunderbolts to come a few months later, per Disney’s present release schedule (ever in flux). The blog /Film has independently corroborated the news, though has little more than speculation to offer as to when we’ll see him turn up.
Once one of Hollywood’s most beloved leading men, with starring turns in the likes of the Star Wars franchise, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, and a series of action-thrillers through the ‘90s, Ford has slowed down in recent years, most notably appearing in a number of franchise sequels (namely Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Blade Runner 2049). Just nobody ask him about the machinations of the multiverse or what Mr. Ross has for dinner, whatever you do — he won’t give a shit.
Captain America: New World Order will be the first major feature in which Sam “The Falcon” Wilson (Anthony Mackie), old Cap’s long-time protégé, takes up the eponymous moniker following his mentor’s retirement in Avengers: Endgame. We’re yet to get any other real details.
Thunderbolts, on the other hand, will bring together a rag-tag team of reformed supervillains — from David Harbour’s Red Guardian and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, to Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova — in the MCU’s answer to the Suicide Squad, D.C.’s most broadly popular celluloid super troupe. You’d expect the guy called Thunderbolt to be the team leader or something, though it’s doubtful we’ll see an octogenarian Ford with boots on the ground. Whatever the case, get that Marvel money, king.