MCU Actor Dead at 71

Secretary Ross MCU
Credit: Marvel

On Sunday, March 13, it was announced that a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had passed away.

William Hurt was a seasoned actor with a career spanning decades and projects like Broadcast News that go far beyond his work with Marvel. But we need to take a moment to remember him as the fan-dividing character Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross.

Secretary Ross

Credit: Marvel

Hurt made his Marvel Studios debut in the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk¬†starring Liv Tyler and Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner. It is thanks to General Ross, in part, that fans got The Hulk. He was in charge of the project known as the Bio-Tech Force Enhancement Project, which was attempting to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America and during which Banner had his accident. It is due to Ross’ attempts to apprehend Banner that Abomination is supplemented created. Half of Harlem is destroyed, and Ross accepts Hulk as an ally–in part.

General Ross

Credit: Marvel

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When he reemerges played by Mark Ruffalo, General Ross is now Secretary Ross, appearing in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow. It was the Secretary of State who delivered the Sokovia Accords.

According to MCU Wiki,

As¬†Captain America¬†publicly disowned their accords before going on the run with the¬†Winter Soldier, Ross instructed¬†Iron Man¬†to bring them into custody. Ross arrested many of the Avengers, although Captain America would later break them out following the arrest of¬†Helmut Zemo. Ross led the manhunt for¬†Natasha Romanoff, although later deciding to forgive her after she¬†took down¬†the¬†Red Room¬†and ended General¬†Dreykov’s plans for world domination.

Secretary Ross

Credit: Marvel

Thunderbolt Ross was “blipped” and attended Tony Stark’s funeral after coming back.

Like another MCU actor, we lost recently–Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)–Hurt carried the burden of cancer through his performances. According to Deadline, he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2018 that spread. His son announced the news of his death on March 13.

Actor William Hurt is survived by four children.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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