When filming started in Atlanta on Captain America: Civil War last month, Marvel released the synopsis and full cast list, which featured the surprising inclusion of William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. We last saw the actor as General Ross in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, the second Phase One movie after Iron Man, and many fans were surprised to see him returning. During a new interview with IGN, the actor revealed that his character has changed quite a bit in the past seven years.
"I loved playing Ross the first time because I was able to try and create an ego as big as the monster he was chasing. And one that was as warped too. [Ross in Civil War] is different because it's a different style. It's a more modernized style. And what they've done is they've taken a character who was the Ross from the older film and made a new version. This is a much newer Ross. A much different Ross. And I liked that a lot. I haven't had a lot of time to understand it, but I'm doing the best I can. And they haven't fired me yet."
In related news, Captain America: Civil War director Joe Russo was featured in a video presented at the CineEurope convention, where he revealed that the story follows the "collateral damage" after action taken by the Avengers results in the loss of more lives. As you may well know, in the Marvel comics, Ross eventually turns into the Red Hulk, although it isn't known if this transformation will happen in Captain America: Civil War. There has been speculation that Mark Ruffalo's Hulk will be present in the movie, which could set up a confrontation between both Hulks, but that has yet to be confirmed. What do you think about General Ross' involvement in Captain America: Civil War?