It’s been years since rumors that Marvel Studios will eventually make a Thunderbolts movie surfaced, and now it seems that the studio is finally putting this top-secret project into motion. According to Deadline, Marvel Studios hired Jake Schreier to helm the project and Eric Pearson (Black Widow, Thor: Ragnarok, Godzilla vs Kong) to write a script, with, of course, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige producing.
Marvel Studios developing a Thunderbolts movie has always been in the air, much like John Krasinski’s casting as Reed Richards. Both felt like a mere fan dream, but the latter became a reality earlier this year in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, although some fans didn’t like the way they handled the character, and now it seems the former will eventually become a real thing too.
The plot is kept under wraps, but the idea of Thunderbolts can be described as Marvel’s equivalent of DC’s Suicide Squad — The group of supervillains sent on the missions commissioned by the government. Looking at this team’s history in the comic books, many characters we have already met in the MCU can potentially appear in this movie, including Baron Zemo, Taskmaster, Yelena Belova, US Agent, Ghost, Abomination, and the Winter Soldier.
Also, the team was first assembled by Thaddeus Ross, who was played in the MCU by the late actor William Hurt. It’s not known if Marvel Studios will recast the character or even include the character in the movie, but that sounds unlikely considering that Ross is known as Thunderbolt and he’s like Amanda Waller of this Marvel’s Suicide Squad. Still, there’s maybe a chance there will be some other Ross who will bear the name of Thunderbolt. We can only wait to see.
No actors have been confirmed for the project so far. Disney announced that Marvel Studios will officially announce new projects next September at the D23 Expo Event. Knowing Marvel, we can probably expect the official announcement then.