Harrison Ford, the beloved actor best known for his roles in the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in 2024.
Ford will make his debut playing the role of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a role previously played by the late William Hurt, in the upcoming movie “Captain America: New World Order.”
According to Marvel Movies, Thaddeus Ross “is a retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Army and was the military leader responsible for getting Bruce Banner involved in the experiment which led to the accident that turned him into the Hulk. He is now the U.S. Secretary of State and works closely with the Sokovia Accords.”
The news was confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who said that the opportunity for Ford to join the MCU has been a dream of his for years.
“To have him finally in the MCU is just incredible,” Feige said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s like, I can cross that off the wishlist.”
Feige noted that there will be a dynamic between Captain America (played by Anthony Mackie) and President Ross.
Ford himself commented on the matter in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that he wanted to join the Marvel movies because he saw other actors having a great time and he wanted to try something different.
“I thought, ‘Everybody else seems to be having a great time,’ ” he said. “I watch all these terrific actors having a good time (in Marvel movies). I like doing something different to what I’ve ever done and pleasing people with it. So I’ll try a piece of that.”
At age 80, Ford will be the oldest actor to join the MCU. Ford has a long and successful career in Hollywood, with five Academy Award nominations and numerous other awards. He has also been a box office draw for decades with his iconic roles in films like “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Blade Runner.”