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7/27/2022 • 4 min read
We love a good redemption story. Seeing good characters go bad is always fun, but we love to see bad characters turn things around. In comic books especially, where new stories have to be told every month and it is impossible to constantly invent new characters, good guys go bad and bad guys go good all the time.
Enter Marvel's THUNDERBOLTS. In comics, the antihero team was originally introduced in the late 1990s. It has gone through various permutations ever since. Sometimes the Thunderbolts are villains using heroic cover for their own ends; sometimes they're simply assassins; sometimes they are bad guys who accept dangerous missions as a push towards redemption.
On the big screen, Marvel‘s THUNDERBOLTS will be the final movie of the Phase Five storyline. While the formal announcement of the movie only happened recently, and there's no footage to see yet, we know a few things regardless — and can make more guesses. Here’s everything we know about Marvel's THUNDERBOLTS.
THUNDERBOLTS is just going into production now, and it will be released exclusively in movie theatres on July 26, 2024.
That's funny! No, there's no trailer. It will probably be a while. At best we might see some concept art at D23 or, more likely, at Comic-Con in 2023. We have to be patient here.
When this movie was formally announced, we made a few guesses about the team: Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), John Walker (Wyatt Russell), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), and Ghost (Hannah-John Kamen), with Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as the team's organizer. Turns out that we were pretty close!
The official lineup for Marvel's THUNDERBOLTS is as follows:
Sebastian Stan as the Winter SoldierFlorence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Black Widow IIDavid Harbour as Red GuardianWyatt Russell as John Walker/USAgentHannah John-Kamen as GhostOlga Kurylenko as Taskmasterand Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as Contessa
This all makes a lot of sense. Several have been Thunderbolts in comics, and all are strong characters who have a lot of room to grow in the MCU. Winter Soldier is a bit of a surprise, so we're eager to see what drives him towards the team.
And while the "She-Hulk" streaming series hasn't pointed towards the Thunderbolts yet, there's still a chance that it will lead right into a scenario in which super-powered folks are… let's say "encouraged" to take on new jobs.
THUNDERBOLTS is the final movie in Marvel's Phase Five, which means that some events in the MCU could be coming to a head in this movie. But there will be five movies coming before this one (and also WAKANDA FOREVER) and we haven't seen any of those yet. So it is virtually impossible to know what the story might be.
All images courtesy of Marvel Studios.
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