Indiana Jones is officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Deadline, Harrison Ford is taking over for the late William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross in Captain America: New World Order.
The fourth Captain America film sees Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson take over as the titular captain, following the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Cloverfield Paradox director Julius Onah will direct a script from Falcon and Winter Soldier writers Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson. Little is known about the film thus far, but Tim Blake Nelson's The Leader – who appeared in 2008's The Incredible Hulk – is set to reprise the role. Top Gun star Danny Ramirez is also set to join the pic.
It was reported just a few days ago that Ford would be portraying Ross, but in Marvel's upcoming Thunderbolts movie – which would make sense given that the character created the Thunderbolts, a team of supervillains not unlike DC's The Suicide Squad. At the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we saw Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) recruit John Walker (Wyatt Russell) for an unknown mission, before going on to do the same with Yelena (Florence Pugh) in the post-credits scene after Black Widow. Turns out, she was recruiting them for the Thunderbolts.
Ford is also playing Indiana Jones one last time in the currently untitled fifth film in the franchise, set for a June 30, 2023 release.