Super-villains and anti-heroes launched on secret missions on behalf of the government: this will be the program of “Thunderbolts”, a Marvel film officially launched with a director in charge.
DC to its Suicide Squad. Marvel will now have its Thunderbolts. As many suspected given the characters staged in Phase IV of the MCU, a feature film bringing together several super-villains and anti-heroes will see the light of day. And it was entrusted to Jake Schreier, director of Robot and Frank, The Dark Side of Margo and episodes of the Kidding series, as reported Deadline.
Written by Eric Pearson (Black Widow), the feature film should be shot next summer, but its cast is not known. Officially. Because everything suggests that Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Abomination (Tim Roth), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and even the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) will form the team sent by the government to complete secret missions and try to redeem themselves.
For many fans, the project had been on track since Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ appearance in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Because her character of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was described as an evil equivalent of Nick Fury. Her Avengers will therefore be the Thunderbolts, whose team compositions have changed since their first appearance on paper in 1997.
Marvel Studios will therefore not be forced to introduce new villains when making its composition. But a question will arise as to the presence of Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross: in 2013, a new version of the group was assembled by the one who becomes the red Hulk in the comic books, and everything suggests that his return in Infinity War and Endgame, then Black Widow, was going that way.
But his interpreter William Hurt died on March 13 of this year, so Marvel could either recast the General or simply make him disappear from his universe. In the meantime, it will be necessary to closely follow the next films and series of the MCU, because other potential future Thunderbolts could appear there.
MCU Phase IV is currently continuing on Disney+ with “Ms. Marvel”: