One of the numerous Marvel Cinematic Universe actors reprising their roles for 2016's Captain America: Civil War is William Hurt's General Thaddeus Ross. Hurt first appeared in 2008's Incredible Hulk, and returned for a cameo in the Marvel One-shot The Consultant in 2011. Hurt tells the Los Angeles Times however that for his character is changing in next year's movie.
"I don’t think it’s a reprise, I think it’s a new iteration completely," Hurt says. "It’s a totally different production and a totally different style."
Hurt describes the Ross character as a "human monster," and says that he changed his approach for the character in his role in Captain America: Civil War.
"What I created before was a Ross who was right out of the graphic novel type of thing, where he was as much of a cartoon, in a way, as the monsters were," Hurt states. "His ego was just as big and his problems were just as big. I really did do that consciously. I created a General Ross before which created a verisimilitude for the monsters, by making him a human monster. I worked really hard on the makeup and the exaggerated behavior and things like that and a controlled psychosis. This is very, very different in what they’ve done …"
Hurt reported to the Captain America: Civil War several days early to re-familiarize himself with the recent Marvel movies in advance of his performance. Hurt says he's careful not to reveal any secrets about the film, but describes his part in the film as "a matured Ross."
"Well, I mean he’s still talking to people who have special powers," says the actor," but he is a little less special, maybe."
Although not yet featured or referred to in a MCU movie, the Thunderbolt Ross of Marvel comic books eventually transformed into a more sinister version of the Hulk named the Red Hulk, arguably one of the more popular Marvel characters 'created' in the last decade. Could Hurt's sly "maybe" comment be a hint of the coming changes he refers to?