What Happens to General Ross in the MCU? Fans React Following William Hurt’s Passing

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The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom is mourning the passing of William Hurt, who died due to "natural causes" on March 13 at the age of 71. Hurt is one of the franchise's longest-tenured actors and played a pivotal role in the brief dismantlement of the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War thanks to the Sokovia Accords. His last MCU appearance came in 2021's Black Widow but we haven't seen or heard from his character General Thaddeus Ross since.

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There were rumors circulating all over the internet that Ross was poised to make his MCU comeback soon to lead the Earth-616 iteration of the Thunderbolts/Dark Avengers, something that was heavily teased in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Unfortunately, with Hurt's passing, plans for General Ross' return might have to be put on hold or even scrapped altogether, depending on how Marvel Studios addresses it.

Well, if it were up to the fans, they'd want to see Thunderbolt's story continue in the MCU, and naturally, that will only happen if the studio decides to recast the late actor. On Twitter, fans have begun calling for Marvel Studios to replace Hurt with a new actor. Some even suggested acting legend Sam Elliott who originally played the notorious Marvel villain in 2003's Hulk starring Eric Bana. Check out some of the reactions below:


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Considering Marvel Studios didn't recast T'Challa in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after Chadwick Boseman's passing, it's possible that they'll do the same for William to honor his legacy in the MCU. Frankly speaking, as much as I'd love to see Ross continue his MCU journey, it's the right and most respectful thing to do. Besides, Hurt already delivered such an iconic performance as Thunderbolt.