A social media report by Jeff Sneider of The Ankler, Marvel are seeking Harrison Ford to join the MCU. According to the reporter, Ford is Marvels choice to take on the role of General “Thunderbolt” Ross in the upcoming movie adaption of Thunderbolts. Ford is not cast, but Sneider claims he is who they want.
BREAKING via THE HOT MIC podcast: Though Marvel insiders DENY he has been cast in the movie at this time, multiple sources indicate that HARRISON FORD either is or was the studio's top choice to star in THUNDERBOLTS as the General himself. It's unclear if he already passed…
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) September 29, 2022
General Thaddeus Ross was played by William Hurt who played the role in The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The actor passed away earlier this year.
The Thunderbolts first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #449 (January 1997) and were created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley. They were first presented as a group of super-powered figures who became heroes to help protect the world when the Avengers were declared dead after the events of the 1996 Onslaught crossover. The final page of the first issue of their comic book, however, revealed that the Thunderbolts were actually the Masters of Evil in disguise.
In subsequent storylines, the group rejected their leader Baron Helmut Zemo and attempted to become heroes in their own right, eventually under the leadership of the Avenger Hawkeye. Themes of redemption and the nature of heroism are often featured in Thunderbolts comics.
The new film stars Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent, Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
Thunderbolts is due for release on July 26th 2024, so filming will begin shortly.