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Captain America 4: The Harrison Ford Red Hulk Concept Art You Saw Is Fake (Thank God)

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans can breathe a sigh of relief as a recently leaked image of Harrison Ford's Red Hulk (aka Thunderbolt Ross) in the upcoming film "Captain America: Brave New World" is absolutely fake. Some initially believed that the photo was, even if it was one of the most hilarious fake leaks circulating online in some time. But those concerned about the direction of the film due to the bizarre image should have their fears squashed.

On r/MovieLeaksAndRumors, a post claimed to have a leaked first look at Ford's monstrous transformation, with rumors suggesting Thunderbolt Ross will transform into the Red Hulk and fight Sam Wilson's Captain America at some point during the film. However, upon closer inspection, the image is a weirdly put-together attempt to make Mark Ruffalo's Hulk into the Red Hulk. With short legs, a stocky body, almost no neck, and an atrocious haircut, the image is nearly too ridiculous to believe. But that didn't stop some from buying into it. X (Formerly Twitter) user @GoldCentation06 was among those who bought into the leak, writing, "HOW DO YOU F*** UP A GOD DAMN RED HULK DESIGN????? HOW????????" Meanwhile, @Samk0006 remarked, "What on god's earth is this? They could've just used Ruffalo's Hulk model and have Harrison Ford's face in it." 

Despite the claims that the image is real, it is thankfully very fake, as Marvel has not officially shared what the Red Hulk will look like in live-action.

Red Hulk's image did leak in the last place you'd expect

While the Reddit leak of Harrison Ford's potential Red Hulk turned out to be fake, another "Captain America 4" leak seemingly confirms Thunderbolt Ross' red power upgrade. In a Spanish advertisement for upcoming McDonald's toys, the main cast of "Captain America: Brave New World" can be seen as keychains. The toys include looks at Anthony Mackie's Captain America, Danny Ramirez as the Falcon, Shira Haas' Sabra/Ruth, a character named Cascavel (speculated to be a fresh take on the villain Rachel Leighton/Diamondback and played by Rosa Salazar), and lastly, Harrison Ford's Red Hulk. 

The Happy Meal toys don't exactly give viewers an idea of what Ford might look like as Red Hulk on the big screen, as the keychain is very cartoonish-looking. However, the leak does appear to confirm Red Hulk, like Ford's version of Ross, won't have a mustache.

As the February 2025 release date for "Captain America: Brave New World" approaches, it's important to take online rumors not confirmed by Marvel with a grain of salt. The fake leak shows that until you see something on the big screen, such as Ford's Red Hulk, always be cautious about speculated characters and story elements unless the news comes from somewhere reputable or the source itself.