Watch Harrison Ford Assemble Marvel’s Thunderbolts Team

This fan-made trailer teases what's to come in Marvel's Thunderbolts when Harrison Ford takes over as General Thaddeus Ross.

By Sean Thiessen | Published

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The first look at Marvel Studios’ newest rag-tag team-up is here in the form of an epic fan trailer from the YouTube channel Screen Culture. The trailer features Harrison Ford and the cast of Thunderbolts in a teaser for the upcoming Marvel film, which is set to debut in 2024. Hot off the heels of his return as Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford will replace the late William Hurt as General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross in his superhero film debut.

The trailer combines footage from a variety of Marvel projects with a pertinent voiceover about the nature of super soldiers. It outlines the story of villains and antiheroes uniting as an unlikely task force for the government, similar to DC’s Suicide Squad. A clip of Harrison Ford among the host of Marvel characters is incorporated in the trailer, and another shot teased Ford’s ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross roaring as the Red Hulk.

In addition to Harrison Ford, the trailer teased the return of Marvel alums, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and David Harbour as Red Guardian. They are joined by other returning Marvel characters, U.S. Agent, Ghost, and Taskmaster.

There has been no official announcement of who Harrison Ford and the Thunderbolts will take on in the Marvel film, but rumors have pointed to multiple villains. The Screen Culture trailer includes Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo, the antagonist that pitted the Avengers against each other in Captain America: Civil War. To the delight of fans, Zemo made a return in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to once again complicate the lives of Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, and the show left his character open for a return.

Another rumored villain for the film is Hyperion, a character with Superman-esque powers and origin, but whose allegiances are far less defined. Hyperion has appeared as a hero and a villain throughout the history of Marvel, and his gray nature may complicate things for a group of struggling antiheroes like the Thunderbolts. Another factor of antagonism for the budding crew of heroes will likely be Harrison Ford himself, as his new character has a complex history in the Marvel universe.

Though his intentions in the MCU have usually been in the right place, General Ross’s methods are questionable and certainly a thorn in the side of superheroes. He is surly and controversial, a disposition Harrison Ford delivers expertly, and if he does make the transformation into the Red Hulk, Ross could become a powerful ally or a deadly foe for the unlikely Marvel heroes.

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Harrison Ford in 1923

At 80 years old, Harrison Ford is still going strong, and signing up for a Marvel film is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to his upcoming part in Thunderbolts, the actor stars in 1923, a prequel to the hit series Yellowstone. The show is off to a strong start, with rave reviews from fans and critics after its debut.

Harrison Ford will return to the big screen as a swashbuckling archaeologist next summer in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. His storied career of iconic films like Star Wars, Blade Runner, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Air Force One will finally branch into the superhero realm with Thunderbolts. If he wasn’t enough of a legend already, Harrison Ford is determined to make sure there is no doubt about his place among the stars by adding Marvel to his renowned resume.