Thunderbolts lineup is now official. At Disney’s D23 Expo 2022, Marvel Studios introduced the lead solid of Thunderbolts, the upcoming Marvel film that’s set to shut out Section 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thunderbolts will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov / Crimson Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell as John Walker / US Agent, Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov / Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr / Ghost, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier. As you’ll be able to inform, Thunderbolts is bringing collectively a bunch of anti-hero and villain characters, who at the moment are working in a method or one other for Louis-Dreyfus’ contessa, who we all know has been assembling a workforce.
Marvel Studios additionally unveiled idea artwork for the Thunderbolts solid at D23 Expo, although that has but to be launched in high-resolution glory on any of Marvel’s official social media channels. In it, Yelena is entrance and centre, together with her father-figure Alexei and the Winter Soldier flanking her, who in flip are flanked by Ghost and US Agent, with Valentina and Taskmaster on the very finish. That is admittedly a really odd group — whereas a few of them share a previous or have beforehand encountered a few of the others, a number of don’t have any relation. It may be fascinating to see how Thunderbolts brings collectively this motley crew, in what feels like Marvel’s try and make its personal Suicide Squad.
Here is a fast refresher for individuals who want it (together with yours actually). Valentina was launched in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the place she made John Walker her first recruit and gave him the US Agent moniker. Yelena, launched in Black Widow, would’ve been her first recruit had been it not for the COVID-19 pandemic because the movie was delayed. Yelena met Valentina within the Black Widow post-credits scene. Crimson Guardian and Taskmaster had been a part of Black Widow too, with the latter ending the movie freed from the brainwashing carried out to her. Ghost was the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp, although she was actually extra of a tragic character. Winter Soldier wants no introduction.
Earlier than we get to see Thunderbolts although, the MCU will deal with us to Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November — the final entry in Section 4. MCU’s Section 5 will kick off with the Paul Rudd-led Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in February 2023, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in Could 2023, The Marvels with Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel in July 2023, the Mahershala Ali-led Blade in November 2023, and the Anthony Mackie-led Captain America: New World Order in Could 2024. Thunderbolts shall be adopted by Matt Shakman’s Fantastic Four in November 2024, the 2 new Avengers movies The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars in Could and November 2025, respectively.
Thunderbolts is out July 26, 2024 in cinemas worldwide. Filming begins someday in 2023.