Harrison Ford joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Kieran Burt.

Harrison Ford has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadline has confirmed. The actor will star in the Phase 5 film Captain America New World Order alongside Anthonie Mackie, Tim Blake Nelson and Carl Lumby and Shira Haas. 

The news has been heavily rumoured for some time, with The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider being the latest to report on it. The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed that Ford will also appear in Marvel’s Thunderbolts. 

Ford will be playing General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, replacing William Hurt who died in March 2022. Ross has been a key part of the MCU, first appearing in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, and later appearing in other MCU films, such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2021’s Black Widow

Ross also has a long history in the comics, first appearing in 1962, who goes on to lead the team of anti-heroes known as the Thunderbolts. He also becomes the Red Hulk, a character that was recently named dropped in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Plot details for Captain America: New World Order are kept under wraps, with little known about the film. Tim Blake Nelson will return as The Leader, and Shira Haas will take on the mantle of the Israeli superhero Sabra. Julius Onah will direct, with Malcolm Spellmen writing the script. 

Captain America: New World Order will be released May 3, 2024. Titles like Marvel’s Thunderbolts and Blade will follow. 

Ford, now 80, has a long career in sci-fi and fantasy. Best known for playing Han Solo in Star Wars, the actor has also starred as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones, and Deckard in the Blade Runner films. 

Ford has also been nominated for an Oscar for his work in 1993’s The Fugitive. Other notable films the actor has appeared in are Apocalypse Now, Air Force One and American Graffiti

His next film will be the fifth instalment of Indiana Jones, coming out June 30, 2023. 

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