Harrison Ford is officially set to take up the role as President Thunderbolt Ross in Captain America: Brave New World. Dermot Mulroney, who plays President Ritson in Secret Invasion, reacts to being replaced as the leader of the free world in the MCU.
Many fans may have forgotten that Thunderbolt Ross is set to become president in Captain America: Brave New World given how prominent Dermot Mulroney has been as President Ritson in Secret Invasion. While it’s currently unclear how Harrison Ford will take up the role (or if President Ritson will even survive the series), Mulroney admitted he doesn’t know the future, but hopes he could be vice president behind Ford:
“Yeah, no, I knew about [Thunderbolt Ross becoming president],” He told ComicBookMovie.com. “I don’t know what anybody’s intent is. I couldn’t ask for more. I am so fulfilled and thrilled to have been in Secret Invasion, but I have no concept of whether Ritson survives, lives on, or continues in the storyline. It’d be a thrill, of course. But if I have to lose the next election to one American and it happens to be Harrison Ford, I guess that’s fair enough. And that’s okay. Maybe I can run– There’s nothing about two terms. I could be his vice president, right? I could do two terms as president and then two terms as vice president under President Harrison Ford.”
While it would be nice to see Dermot Mulroney as Harrison Ford’s vice president in Captain America: Brave New World, all signs seem to point toward President Ritson’s death in Secret Invasion, thus explaining Thunderbolt Ross’ villainous role in the film by way of his paranoia as the new commander in chief. Though given Mulroney himself doesn’t know what his MCU future is like, it’s probably not best to speculate.
How Marvel is adapting Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion is based on the comic book storyline of the same name, which was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu. The story revolves around a group of Skrulls, an alien race that has the ability to shape-shift and take on the appearance of anyone they want. The Skrulls have infiltrated Earth’s society and are secretly replacing key figures with their own kind in order to take over the planet.
The full Secret Invasion cast also includes Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik, Emilia Clarke as G’iah, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. Olivia Colman, Dermot Mulroney, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, Carmen Ejogo and Charlayne Woodard are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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