It has been confirmed that director Jake Schreier will be helming the Thunderbolts movie, a project that Marvel Studios has been considering. Schreier’s hiring is part of Marvel’s approach to tapping into independent talent for their films. With this news, the Thunderbolts project is now officially in development. However, no specific details about the release date, cast, or story have been revealed at this time.
For a while now, Marvel fans have been speculating about the possibility of a Thunderbolts team appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This speculation has been fueled by the presence of Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, who some viewers believe deserves a more prominent leadership role. The introduction of morally ambiguous characters, the darker tone of Marvel’s recent films, and the success of DC’s Suicide Squad have further supported the idea of a Thunderbolts project being developed.
The upcoming Thunderbolts movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is expected to deviate from the source material, as is common with Marvel’s live-action adaptations. However, there have been significant developments within the MCU that suggest the groundwork is being laid for a Thunderbolts movie. Here is everything we currently know about Marvel’s upcoming Thunderbolts film.
Thunderbolts Movie Story
Currently, specific details about the plot of Thunderbolts are being kept under wraps, and it is uncertain if a script has been developed yet. However, there are various possibilities for the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with this project. Given Zemo’s storyline in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which hints at his continued involvement, it is conceivable that the MCU could adapt elements from the team’s origin story in the comics, where Zemo assembles a group of villains disguised as heroes. However, considering the introduction of Contessa Val and Zemo’s ambiguous allegiances, it is more likely that Marvel will portray them as a team of antiheroes and fallen heroes. The challenges they might face are uncertain, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Thunderbolts’ story is set up through Disney+ shows.
Who Are The Thunderbolts?
In the comic books, the Thunderbolts are initially a group of reformed villains. Baron Zemo forms the team in disguise as a new group of heroes following the apparent demise of the Avengers. However, as time goes on, the Thunderbolts begin to embrace their heroic roles and genuinely strive to do good. Eventually, they rebel against Zemo’s leadership and become a force for positive change. The Thunderbolts’ lineup and leadership have undergone significant changes throughout the comics, with different members joining and leaving the team. One consistent aspect is that the Thunderbolts are depicted as morally ambiguous compared to the Avengers, operating in shades of gray rather than black and white.
Predicted Release Date
The Thunderbolts movie is still in the early stages of development, and with the recent announcement of a director, it may take some time before it is ready for release. Eric Pearson, known for his work on Black Widow, has been assigned to write the script, indicating progress in the project. Rumors suggest that filming could begin next summer, which aligns with a potential release date in the summer of 2024. Marvel’s release schedule is planned out until 2023, so a two-year timeline for the Thunderbolts movie seems plausible.