One of the most mysterious projects Marvel currently has in the works is Thunderbolts. Not just because it’s still unclear if the recently recast Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross will actually play a role in the film, but because no one has the slightest clue who the team of reformed supervillains will be forced to face off against…or at least no one had the slightest clue until tonight.
In the latest Patreon post by Daniel RPK, the industry insider revealed that currently Marvel Studios is looking to cast a “conflicted and powerful villain” for the film. The description he uploaded specifically states that the character will be an “EVIL SUPERMAN” – caps included. But that’s not all.
The post adds that the studio wants a strong actor between the age of 30-50 AND that both Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgård are being eyed to play the character!
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Now, considering the character’s description and the actors Marvel is looking at, it seems to me that there is one particular character the studio is looking to introduce: Hyperion.
For those unfamiliar with the hero, there have been many different iterations over the years, but one of the most popular ones has backstory that is almost too similar to the actual Superman – complete with being sent here in a spaceship as a baby and being raised to lead a league of superheroes (known as the Squadron Supreme) to save the world.
Unlike Superman, however, he’s never really called an Alien in the comics. Instead, he’s an Eternal. Although he’s done a lot of good in the past. He’s also done a lot of evil. In one comic book run, he actually decapitates Namor (for real).
Nevertheless, the fact that the aforementioned character is described as strong and conflicted, and the actors they are looking at both blonde almost make it hard to draw any other conclusions.
As always, because this news has yet to be confirmed by a major trade or Marvel Studios, we urge you to take it with a grain of salt. But if you have any other suggestions as for who the character might be sound off below!
SOURCE: Daniel RPK
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