As production is about to begin soon on Marvel’s next big entry in their stream of action-centric superhero films with Thunderbolts. Another key role has been filled as Deadline reports that actor Steven Yeun (Nope, The Walking Dead) has nabbed an undisclosed part in the film and the role is expected to be rather big with the possibility of returning in future Marvel films beyond Thunderbolts. It has director Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank) and screenwriter Eric Pearson (Black Widow) on the creative side cooking things up.
Yeun is yet another interesting casting addition to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe and we’re dying to find out what the role actually is. Although, I’m sure we’re going to be looking at an influx of theories and “online rumors” claiming what that role could be. Some of Yeun’s most recent film credits include Jordan Peele’s sci-fi horror film Nope, Minari, Burning, Okja, and Mickey 7, a new sci-fi pic from Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-Ho that has Robert Pattinson in a lead role.
The Marvel actioner already has an impressive character lineup that consists of Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), U.S Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Julia Louis-Dreyfus will also reprise her role of CIA director Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, which was established in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. One of the most recent additions to the film was actress Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), who also took another unnamed part in the team-up movie.
There is also an expectation that Harrison Ford’s President Ross will be showing up in this film along with Captain America: New World Order, taking over the role from the late William Hurt. It’s unclear if we’ll be seeing Ross transform into the Red Hulk like his comic book counterpart, but things are starting to look like the anti-hero team is going to end up being his namesake and likely ending up America’s own sanctioned black-ops super soldier team.
Thunderbolts is set to begin shooting soon 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.