Marvel is riding high after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever landing the studio’s first Oscar nomination with Angela Bassett nabbing a spot for Best Supporting Actress. It’ll be interesting to see what the fallout of those events will contribute to the plot of something like Thunderbolts as the film will see Julia Louis-Dreyfus return as CIA director Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. The character was extremely interested in attacks committed by Namor and how they could secure their own stockpile of vibranium for U.S. military purposes as there is quietly an arms race between countries to find the precious metal outside of Wakanda.
The action pic from director Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank) and screenwriter Eric Pearson (Black Widow) has quite the lineup which includes Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and U.S Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Now, Deadline reports that Marvel has added actress Ayo Edebiri from The Bear in a mysterious role and remains to be seen if she’ll be joining that aforementioned team.
Fans seemed to have been expecting a Thunderbolts project would become a one-to-one mirror image of the comic book incarnations but as with previous MCU films the film studio sort of does their own thing. Some early backlash from the lineup announcement from San Diego Comic-Con 2022 from last summer had some questioning where Baron Zemo was and why the group consisted mainly of super-soldiers. Marvel tends to make choices based on what works best for their projects and haven’t exactly confirmed what the film’s plot is going to focus on or why they’re being assembled.
Another element we’re excited to see executed is Harrison Ford playing Thunderbolt Ross potentially in both Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts. There have been rumblings the character formerly played the late William Hurt is now the president of the United States and if the comic books are any indication, he could end up getting his own powers becoming the Red Hulk (almost appeared in Captain America: Civil War).
Thunderbolts is set to begin shooting this year with a release date of July 26, 2024 and we’ll keep our fingers crossed we’ll learn more details this summer at Comic-Con.