Is Han Solo Coming to the MCU?

by Matt Tuck

093022D-1024x536 Is Han Solo Coming to the MCU?Could we see Harrison Ford in the MCU? That’s the hot rumor, and it could have huge ramifications for both Captain America: New World Order and Armor Wars.

The latest rumor is indeed an intriguing one. The word on the internet is that none other than Harrison Ford is being courted to take up the reins as Thunderbolt Ross.

That’s right; Indiana Jones/Han Solo himself could be debuting in the MCU. 

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Up to this point, most fans thought the role of Thunderbolt Ross would be left out of future MCU projects. After all, Marvel is known for not recasting its roles. Most famously we have Chadwick Boseman, who tragically had just reached superstardom with his turn as T’Challa/Black Panther when he passed away before Wakanda Forever began filming. Marvel chief Kevin Feige was adamant that, despite fan outcry, the part would not be recast. 

Since Marvel chose to let the character of T’Challa pass with Boseman, it left things in doubt for classic Hulk villain Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross following legendary actor William Hurt’s death in March. There’s no comparing Ross with T’Challa. Ross has more of a support role in Marvel; he found his niche as an antagonistic figure mostly in the world of the Avengers. Meanwhile, T’Challa was the face of a budding franchise and a cultural icon as Black Panther.

If Feige wouldn’t recast a character as important as T’Challa, then surely he won’t recast Thunderbolt, either, right? Enter: Harrison Ford.

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Assuming Feige has spoken with Ford about playing Thunderbolt, it leads to more questions. For one, why would Marvel want a cinematic icon to take over what has been a smaller role? If it’s true, then it could be a clue that Thunderbolt has a much larger part to play in the MCU. The most obvious choice is to bring his gamma-powered alter ego to CGI-rendered life as Red Hulk. Obviously, the 80-year-old Ford isn’t going to rock a spandex costume or do much in the way of action-packed stunts. In fact, he likely wouldn’t have gone for that 40 years ago. However, doing the voice acting for a CGI monster wouldn’t be out of the question. 

While it’s easy to assume Red Hulk would be featured in either a future season of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law or a long-overdue second Hulk solo film, the clues point in a different direction. In fact, his character could be the connection between Captain America: New World Order and Armor Wars

While not much has been revealed about either, we do know a couple of key details.

First, Armor Wars has transitioned from being a Disney+ series into a feature-length film, which suggests Marvel has bigger plans for the title than originally imagined. Adding someone of Ford’s stature to the movie as the villainous Red Hulk would generate plenty of ticket sales. Plus, there’s already a natural rivalry between Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Thunderbolt Ross stemming from Avengers: Infinity War

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Although Armor Wars doesn’t have a release date, we can assume it will follow the fourth Captain America film, which is slated for May 3, 2024. Tim Blake Nelson will reprise his role as Samuel Sterns from 2008’s Incredible Hulk, likely establishing the character as the supervillain, The Leader. There have been rumors galore that Red Hulk will be part of New World Order, and The Leader could be the plot device needed to give Thunderbolt his gamma-powered upgrade. While Red Hulk may not actually appear in Cap 4, it would set the stage for a showdown with War Machine in Armor Wars

Of course, all of this is pure speculation, but it is plausible. Marvel has become a veritable “who’s who” of superstar actors, which is likely thanks to Disney’s nigh-infinite budget. With Ford having worked with Disney in two of its Star Wars sequel trilogy entries as well as the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, the pipeline for a Marvel conversation is there if it hasn’t happened already.

Although I invoke the Feige rule (nothing means anything until Feige confirms it), this one seems like a shoo-in. 

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4 comments

bsc249 October 3, 2022 - 4:29 pm

Good read as always, Thx Matt!
One thing I’m curious about, is this your statement: “If Feige wouldn’t recast a character as important as T’Challa, then surely he won’t recast Thunderbolt, either, right?”
Simply because it doesn’t make sense with the your statement “There’s no comparing Ross with T’Challa. Ross has more of a support role…”
So yea, I get not wanting to recast T’Challa but Ross? Why not? You can’t compare the importance of the two in the MCU and IMHO who cares if Ross is recast? He only shows up here and there anyway.
So yea, I get it with Boseman and his iconic portrayal of the BP. If Feige doesn’t even want to dip into the multiple realities to replace him, again, I get it. But Ross? No, just recast him. Till this point in the MCU he was barely even a supporting character.

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Matt Tuck October 3, 2022 - 4:58 pm

Looks like you got my point. Since Marvel wouldn’t recast T’Challa, it left a question mark on whether or not they would recast any MCU character after an actor died. T’Challa is far more important to the MCU than Thunderbolt Ross, so that could be the difference. Personally, I feel that none of the Marvel roles should be above recasting. It’s not the actors fans love; it’s the characters.

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bsc249 October 4, 2022 - 12:42 pm

I’m with you, any character should be able to be re-cast 🙂 I shouldn’t lose a favorite character because of an unfortunate situation. BP was awesome way before Boseman got to play him.
On a side note, it may be time for Feige to go… Not recasting BP, focusing too much on satire. He’s losing his touch. Ragnorak is one of my favorite MCU movies but what he did with Love &Thunder… ugh! If he focused less on the satire and more on the Gor storyline it could have been a great movie. Bale was excellent, we needed more of him.

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Kenloi October 6, 2022 - 3:43 am

If Harrison Ford is coming as General Ross the Red Hulk comic storyline value should explode especially 1 and 2. These issues were undervalued. Issue 1 obviously has the 1st cover appearance of the Red Hulk. If i remember rightly issue 1 shows various panels in the story, at night, coloured with a deceptive green tint of ‘a Hulk’ attacking the Abomination. There is also a 2 page spread with the same distorted colour hue of the Abomination being shot by a Hulk. There was debate at the time when the comic came out as to whether that was the green or new red Hulk. Any issue 1 will be in demand especially the McGuiness 1in50. There is also a less valuable Atomic Comics copy with the same cover. Issue 2 is probably the full appearance of a Hulk actually shown in red in the interior and the partial sketch cover is the one to get. I believe was a retailer incentive with a low print run. There is also a Djurdjevic 1in20 variant. I used to find the the sketch cover in dollar bins. Dark Avengers i also thought was the first Osborne Iron Patriot. The two panels you show are from the end of Dark Avengers 1. There is a nice 1:20 Djurdjevic cover if anyone is interested…..

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