Harrison Ford’s Role in “Captain America: New World Order” Might be Way Bigger Than Expected
Harrison Ford is no stranger to playing the U.S. president. The legendary actor famously played one very resilient Commander in Chief in Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One, where he personally kicked butt as President James Marshall and literally tossed Gary Oldman’s communist radical Ivan Korshunov off Air Force One with the deathless quip “get off my plane.” Ford will once again be playing the U.S. president in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain America: New World Order, only this time, he might have some skills and abilities even President Marshall would find shocking.
In a bountiful interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that Ford’s role in the Anthony Mackie-led New World Order as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (which he is taking over from the late William Hurt) will find Ross elevated to the position of Commander in Chief. Here’s what Feige told EW:
“This is certainly a big part for Thaddeus Ross. He’s the president of the United States in the film. And with Harrison, you think about Air Force One, and you think about some of his confrontations with the president in Clear and Present Danger. There’s a dynamic between President Ross and Sam Wilson. They have a history together, but in this film, we’ll be seeing the dynamic between Captain America and the president of the United States in a way that is just incredible.”
It’s the last bit about how the dynamic between Mackie’s Sam Wilson and Ford’s Thaddeus Ross is “just incredible” that’s been getting MCU-heads attention. This is because Thaddeus Ross isn’t just a United States military officer, a politician, and a governmental heavy, he’s also got an alter ego, the Red Hulk, possessing, as you’d guess, superhuman strength, among other capabilities.
Is Ford’s Thaddeus Ross going to transform into the Red Hulk in New World Order? Nobody outside of Marvel Studios knows, but it’s certainly a possibility. It would also give Ford an even meatier role, pun intended, as he enters the MCU.
Until we see Ford kicking butt as the Red Hulk in Captain America: New World Order, we still have this moment from Air Force One:
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