INDIANA JONES 5 Producer May Have Blocked Marvel Studios THUNDERBOLTS/Harrison Ford Announcement At D23

Following rumours that Indiana Jones is being eyed to play the MCU's General "Thunderbolt" Ross in Thunderbolts, it's said that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was the reason the news didn't break at D23.

A few days ago, a very interesting rumour started doing the rounds suggesting that Marvel Studios is eyeing Star Wars icon Harrison Ford to play General "Thunderbolt" Ross in Thunderbolts. William Hurt originally played the character in the MCU, but passed away earlier this year, and the assumption had been that Ross might be killed off-screen. 

Instead, the plan seems to be to continue telling Ross' story, something comic book fans hope will culminate in him transforming into the villainous Red Hulk. 

Now, Jeff Sneider has elaborated on his scoop on The Hot Mic podcast, claiming that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy pushed Marvel Studios to hold off on announcing anything at D23. Why? She wanted to keep the focus on Indiana Jones 5.

"So, what I initially heard is that this was a done deal for D23, that they actually wanted to announce him as a cast member in Thunderbolts at D23," he explains. "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 become Harrison Ford joining the MCU, we're going to keep the focus on Indy 5 right now.'"

That does make sense, and there's no denying that Ford signing up to join the MCU would have taken a lot of attention away from the next Indiana Jones movie. Hopefully, this rumour is true because it's incredibly exciting, and we're hoping some sort of official announcement is imminent. 

While Hurt delivered a memorable portrayal of the General in The Incredible HulkCaptain America: Civil WarAvengers: Infinity War, and Black Widow, the character played a small enough role in the MCU that recasting him wouldn't be overly jarring. Only time will tell whether this rumour is true, but we're definitely intrigued. 

Thunderbolts is set to be released in theatres on July 26, 2024.

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