Marvel Studios has a slew of upcoming projects in the pipeline, signaling a shift in the MCU’s direction with the introduction of ‘Marvel Spotlight’ and an increasing number of R-rated projects. The trend began with ‘Deadpool 3,’ and recently, Yen Demange confirmed that the highly anticipated ‘Blade’ will also carry an R rating.
Disney+ shows are following suit with a more mature approach, exemplified by ‘Echo’ becoming the first TV-MA rated project and featuring a somewhat villainous lead character.
Despite these changes, reputable source CanWeGetSomeToast reveals that ‘Thunderbolts’ will not be taking the mature content route.
The film was initially set to introduce a squad of anti-heroes and ex-criminals, resembling DC’s Suicide Squad, leading many to draw comparisons. However, the movie will actually explore themes of family and unity, with CWGST clarifying that the premise and dynamics align more with the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ than DC’s ‘Suicide Squad.’
It’s reassuring to have the rating clarified early on, allowing fans to adjust their expectations. This serves as a partial confirmation that the project is still progressing. Recently, rumors circulated about its cancellation, along with the mentioned ‘Blade’ movie, despite their significance to the future of the MCU.
The film is scheduled for a December 20, 2024, theatrical release, barring any delays. The ensemble cast includes Sebastian Stan, Florence Pugh, Wyatt Russell, Olga Kurylenko, David Harbour, Hannah John-Kamen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Harrison Ford, Ayo Edebiri, and Steven Yeun. The roles of Ayo Edebiri and Steven Yeun’s characters are still awaiting confirmation.
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