Steven Yeun Confirms Why He Abandoned Sentry Role in ‘Thunderbolts’; Claims He Wants To Do a ”Marvel” Movie

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In June 2022, the ‘Thunderbolts’ film was confirmed, with Jake Schreier directing and Eric Pearson writing. Production was set for Summer 2023, featuring MCU actors. However, the SAG-AFTRA strike stalled the industry for over 3 months, impacting interconnected projects like the MCU. In September, Kevin Feige revealed the cast, including David Harbour, Hannah John-Kamen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, and Olga Kurylenko, reprising roles.

Yelena Belova was confirmed for the Thunderbolts. In February 2023, Steven Yeun’s role as Sentry was announced and met with mixed reactions. Despite fan speculation, Yeun left the role due to scheduling conflicts arising from the previous year’s strike, as revealed in a Variety interview.

I think for me, time passing and things shifting kind of pulled me out of it,” Yeun explained. “But Jake [Schreier], I know, is going to do an incredible job.

Yet, Yeun expresses a strong desire to be part of a Marvel movie. However, he’s concerned that those involved might not easily overlook this misstep.

I think it’s too early to say that. I probably pissed off too many people leaving, so I’m just gonna say, ‘Thank you for having me.’

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There’s a possibility of seeing Yeun in a different role in the future, given Marvel Studios’ extensive lineup of upcoming projects, spanning both live-action and animated formats. The ‘Thunderbolts’ film is set to commence production in March or April 2024. Share your thoughts in the comments!

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