Following Jeff Sneider's report last month, Slash Film has independently confirmed that Indiana Jones and Star Wars legend Harrison Ford is indeed set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the recast General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.
He will take over the role from the late William Hurt, who played the part five times (The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow).
It was rumored last month that the announcement was blocked at the D23 Expo, due to Lucasfilm wanting to keep the focus on his Indiana Jones swan song, but it looks like, with this latest update, we could be getting a more formal confirmation from Marvel Studios before the end of this calendar year.
As per Sneider, Ford is set to make his debut as Thunderbolt Ross in Captain America: New World Order in early 2024, before taking on a larger role in that summer's Thunderbolts. No word on whether we'll see the legendary Academy Award-nominated actor transform into the Red Hulk, but it certainly can't be out of the realm of possibility with more Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) adventures promised after today's exciting She-Hulk: Attorney at Law finale.
Julius Onah is directing Captain America: New World Order, with a screenplay from Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson. The cast will feature Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Captain America, Danny Ramirez as Joaquín Torres/Falcon, Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns/Leader, Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley, and Shira Haas as Ruth Bat-Seraph/Sabra. It's set to open in theaters on May 3, 2024.
Jake Schreier is helming Thunderbolts, utilizing a screenplay from Eric Pearson. The ensemble cast consists of Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent, Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. The team-up title hits theaters on July 26, 2024.