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Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts’: The Cast, Release Date, & More Updates On The Film



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The Thunderbolts are making their grand debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2024. In the comic books, the Thunderbolts are a group of antiheroes/reformed villains who work for the government. Marvel confirmed at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con that a Thunderbolts movie is officially in the works, and all of the members have already been introduced in the MCU! The upcoming film features an all-star cast and will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.

HollywoodLife has all the scoop on Thunderbolts below. Keep reading to learn more about the cast, the release date, and more!

Thunderbolts Release Date

Thunderbolts will hit theaters on July 26, 2024. The official release date was announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022. The film will be the second-to-last movie released in Phase Five, before Blade starring Mahershala Ali. The MCU Phase 5 movies coming out before Thunderbolts include Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvelsand Captain America: New World Order. Marvel is also debuting a slew of Phase 5 TV shows on Disney+ including Secret Invasion, Loki season 2 Ironheart, Echo, Agatha: Coven of Chaosand Daredevil: Born Again.

Thunderbolts Cast & Crew

Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan will play Bucky Barnes in ‘Thunderbolts’ (Photo: Chuck Zlotnick / ©Disney+/Marvel Studios / Everett Collection)

The Thunderbolts The cast was revealed at Disney’s D23 Expo in September 2022. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige brought the cast onto the stage to introduce them to the audience. Here’s the full cast.

  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. Sebastian made his MCU debut in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avengers. Since then, he has appeared in six more films and the miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
  • Wyatt Russell as John Walker. In The Falcon and the Winter SoldierJohn is appointed as the successor to Captain America by the US Government.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Valentina is the director of the CIA and starts forming the Thunderbolts in the post-credits scene Black Widow. She’s also in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova. Yelena is Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow’s adopted sister who is recruited by Valentina to kill Clint Barton for his role in her death. She goes after Clint in the Hawkeye series.
  • David Harbour as Red Guardian. Red Guardian is the father-figure to Natasha and Yelena. He’s in Black Widow.
  • Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster. Antonia is brainwashed by her father Black Widow.
  • Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost. Ava has invisibility and intangibility powers who appears in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Harrison Ford as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. Thunderbolt is a US military officer who was previously played by Sam Elliott. Harrison will make his debut as the character in CAptain America 4.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will play Valentina in ‘Thunderbolts’ (Photo: Chuck Zlotnick / ©Disney+/Marvel Studios / Everett Collection)

Jake Schreier is directing Thunderbolts, marking his first MCU project. His most famous movie is 2015’s Paper Towns. Eric Pearson is writing the screenplay, having done so previously for Thor: Ragnarok and Black Widow.

Production Trivia

Kevin Feige revealed at D23 that Thunderbolts will start filming in early 2023. David Harbor revealed that he’ll be filming Thunderbolts and Stranger Things season 5 at the same time. “It’s going to have to be a back-and-forth with me. They’re going to have to sort of share me,” he told Collider. “And so it is kind of like, I don’t know exactly how they’re working it, but it’s a week on, week off, two weeks on, two weeks off, something like that where I would go back and forth. ” David also revealed that both projects are being shot in Atlanta, which helps his hectic schedule.

Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh returns as Yelena in ‘Thunderbolts’ (Photo: Kevin Baker /© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Everett Collection)

What We Know About The Thunderbolts Plot

When Marvel revealed Thunderbolts, they also unveiled the brief plot description. It reads, “A group of antiheroes goes on missions for the government.” That’s on par with the Thunderbolts’ story in the Marvel comic books. Helmut Zemo forms the Thunderbolts in the comics, but Daniel Bruhl seemingly isn’t returning as Zemo in the film, so clearly the MCU is going in a different direction.

Wyatt Russell
Wyatt Russell returns as John Walker in ‘Thunderbolts’ (Photo: Chuck Zlotnick / ©Disney+/Marvel Studios / Everett Collection)

David Harbor gave some hints about Thunderbolts in an interview on the Phase Zero podcast. “We’re like losers, which I like. And I think it’s fun to watch us just mess everything up,” the actor said. “I think that’s the spectrum. I think it’s very funny, but there’s also a lot of pathos in that.”

David continued, “There’s a lot of drama in a bunch of people who just keep getting their lives wrong — because of character flaws, keep messing things up. And nobody giving them the respect that they do to Captain American and Iron Man — very capable people. So there’s a lot to draw on there. I think there’s a lot of movies there that’ll be fun.”

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