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It’s official, Harrison Ford has joined the MCU in a bittersweet role

October 17th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Well, we heard whispers at the end of last week and now it’s seemingly been confirmed… Harrison Ford, the man, the myth, the legend, has joined the MCU.

The Star Wars/Indiana Jones star is set to appear opposite Anthony Mackie’s Captain America in Captain America: New World Order and his appearance will be bitter-sweet as he’s set to play General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, replacing the late, great William Hurt who previously played the character in several MCU entries over the years.

The movie will also see Tim Blake Nelson return as Dr Sam Stern AKA the villainous Leader – Nelso first appeared waaaay back in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk opposite Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner.

Mackie reprises the role of Sam Wilson, stepping up as Captain America after the events of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier series on Disney+.

The movie will also star Shira Haas and Carl Lumbly and has Julius Onah directing.

Ross first appeared in the MCU in The Incredible Hulk too and is a high-ranking general who wants the super-soldier serum that created the original Captain America and led to the creation of the Hulk.

In the comics he leads Marvel’s version of The Suicide Squad (oh there’s going to be emails!) named after him, the team is known as The Thunderbolts and, strangely enough, there’s a Thunderbolts movie coming soon too, see below, so expect to see lots of Ford in the coming MCU entries.

Oh, yeah, and he eventually becomes a super-powered anti-hero, Red Hulk. So we may soon see a Hulk with Ford’s face causing havok in the MCU. So, there’s that.

Captain America: New World Order is set for May 2024 while Thunderbolts is due in July 2024, so expect both movies to pretty much be one big adventure with Ford’s Ross in the center.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….