Last month, at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel finally confirmed its plans for a feature film revolving around the antihero team the Thunderbolts. Aside from unveiling the director and writer behind the film, unfortunately there were no other other details about the film divulged…until now.
According to a post on the MarvelStudiosSpoilers subreddit, a partial roster has been revealed. Now, because the information comes from an unverified source – on Reddit, of all places – it goes without saying that it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, the post states that the upcoming film will star Florence Pugh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Anthony Ramos. Pugh and Louis-Dreyfus will be reprising their roles as Yelena Bolova and Valentina, while Anthony Ramos will be appearing as The Hood, after making his MCU debut in next year’s Ironheart.
Additionally, the post goes on to say that appearances from Tim Roth’s Abomination, Wyatt Russell’s US Agent, and The Punisher are “possible”, while alleging that the character Songbird will not be appearing in the film and that it’s unclear if Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo will show up.
While not listed, it’s worth noting that Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, and even Jameela Jamil’s Titania are also eligible antiheroes that could appear. And we cannot wait for Marvel to announce an official roster for what many are saying could be the Studio’s very own version of The Suicide Squad (notice the “The” in front).
Thunderbolts has been quietly in the development process for quite sometime. Director Jake Schreier reportedly blew away execs and ultimately landing him the job. Not much is known about the plot of the film other than it revolves around a group of supervillains (or at least characters who have played bad guys at one point in MCU). Marvel has been in touch with certain individuals who are already part of the MCU to make sure to keep an opening in their schedules for next summer when it shoots.
For those unfamiliar with the Thunderbolts, it would be fair to say that they are Marvel’s equivalent to the Suicide Squad; however, they don’t have bombs in their necks forcing them to save the world against their will. Instead, they are recruited by General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross.
Sadly, William Hurt, who played Marvel Cinematic Universe, passed away in May. So, a recast may be coming. The character was last seen in Black Widow in frail condition, leading people to believe he could become Red Hulk by subjecting himself to a variant of the Super Soldier Program.
In the past, the Thunderbolts have consisted of Baron Zemo, U.S. Agent, the Winter Soldier, Yelena Belova, Ghost, Taskmaster, and Abomination, all of which currently exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, Deadpool, Luke Cage, and even Ghost Rider have served on the team at some point.