A Thunderbolts movie is in the works at Marvel, and here’s everything we know about it so far including the potential release date, cast, and story. Director Jake Schreier will helm the Thunderbolts movie, continuing Marvel Studios’ long tradition of dipping into the indie talent pool to find filmmakers. With the news of his hire, the Thunderbolts project, which was rumored to be happening, is official.
Even before those rumors started swirling a few months ago, however, plenty of Marvel moviegoers had speculated for quite some time that a Thunderbolts team would show up in the MCU. Part of that is thanks to the stalwart presence of Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, who audiences believe deserves more of a leadership role than what he’s been given to date. New characters of gray morality being introduced, Marvel’s darker tone in Phase 3 and beyond, and the success of the Thunderbolts’ DC antihero counterpart the Suicide Squad also lent weight to the idea that a Thunderbolts project could be in development.
The Thunderbolts MCU movie will likely be quite different than the comics, which is par for the course for Marvel’s live-action movies and TV shows. Still, quite a bit has already been secretly assembled in the MCU for a Thunderbolts movie. Here’s everything we know about Marvel’s upcoming Thunderbolts movie.
Thunderbolts Movie Story
At the moment, plot details for Thunderbolts are being kept well under wraps and it’s not clear that there’s even a script yet. However, there are plenty of ways for the MCU to go with this. With Zemo’s ending in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier clearly setting up more of him in the future, it’s entirely possible that the MCU could adapt some version of the team’s origin story from the comics, where Zemo recruits a team of villains disguised as heroes. However, with Contessa Val now in the mix and Zemo seemingly playing both sides, it’s likelier that Marvel will forgo the villain origins and go straight to making them a team of antiheroes and other heroes who have fallen from grace. What they could face is unclear, but it would not be a surprise to see the story of the Thunderbolts movie set up in a Disney+ show or two.
Who Are The Thunderbolts?
In the comics, the Thunderbolts are a group of reformed villains. The original team was started by Baron Zemo after the Avengers were killed, but, unknown to the rest of the world, the new team was actually Zemo’s Masters of Evil in disguise. As time goes on, however, the Thunderbolts actually start to enjoy being seen as heroes and doing good, and end up overthrowing Zemo as their leader. In the comics, as with all comic book super-teams, the Thunderbolts’ lineup and leadership have changed significantly over the years, with various members leaving and joining the team. One thing has always remained consistent, however: the Thunderbolts are far more morally gray than the Avengers.
Predicted Release Date
The movie has only just landed its director, which means it’s likely to be quite some time before it hits theaters. However, Black Widow‘s Eric Pearson is already tapped to write the script, so the project is coming together. The movie is rumored to be shooting next summer, which means it’s looking at a likely release date of summer 2024. Considering Marvel has their release date calendar mapped out through 2023, two years from now sounds exactly right.