A new report claims Lucasfilm blocked Marvel’s plans to announce Harrison Ford’s Thunderbolts casting as General Ross at this year’s D23 Expo.
Details have surfaced of a major studio effort by Lucasfilm to break the news that Harrison Ford will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming Lightning strikes movie. Ford has been no stranger to blockbuster movies for the past 45 years, becoming a standout as Han Solo in the Star Wars movies, and confirmed his status as a screen icon as the heroic Indiana Jones in 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark. The last decade of Ford’s career has included supporting roles in blockbusters, including return to the Star Wars universe and a role in the highly anticipated sequel to Blade Runner in 2017.
Last September, rumors began to circulate that Ford was seeking a role in the MCU, despite previous reports that Ford would be retiring after the release of 2023’s. Indiana Jones5. Reportedly, the actor would take over from General Thunderbolt Ross for the upcoming Lightning strikes film, replacing William Hurt after the star passed away last March from prostate cancer at the age of 71. created.
According to Jeff Sneider of The hot microphone podcast, news of Ford’s reported casting as Thunderbolt Ross would join Marvel’s panel at D23 until Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy put an end to it. Sneider further explains that while Lucasfilm is a subsidiary of Disney like Marvel Studios, Kennedy preferred to focus on promoting for Indiana Jones 5. See what Sneider said below:
So what I initially heard was that this was a foregone conclusion for D23, that they actually wanted to announce him as a cast member in Thunderbolts at D23, but they didn’t because Kathleen Kennedy put her foot down and said, ‘No, we’re going to keep the focus on Indiana Jones 5 content, I don’t want this to be Harrison Ford joining the MCU, we’re going to keep the focus on Indy 5 now.
What role can Ford’s Ross play in the future of the MCU?
Kennedy’s move to delay Ford’s reported casting announcement may indicate just how big Ford’s role in lightning strikes, and possibly the MCU, could be. Lightning strikes It has already been confirmed that characters like Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, Wyatt Russell’s US Agent, and Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, highlighting the gray areas of the team’s morality, as shown in the comics. The film seems to be the culmination of several building arcs in MCU series, such as: Falcon and the winter soldier and hawk eye.
While it has already been confirmed that Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine will play an administrative role for the team, Ford’s Ross could take the team to a whole other level. Despite the number of character actors cast and the rising star of Florence Pugh, Harrison Ford is a proven A-list name, and the film provides brand security for audiences not to be sold on the concept. although Indiana Jones 5 appears to be a definitive, climax in Ford’s blockbuster career, including roles such as: Lightning strikesGeneral Ross may be a lower-intensity, lower-risk way for the actor to stay on screen for another ten years.
Source: The hot microphone
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