While much excitement has been buzzing since Marvel Studios officially confirmed the Thunderbolts film is happening during San Diego Comic-Con — following various rumors — one important question has remained: who will be on this team of wayward heroes?
Today, Marvel Studios’ presentation at D23 finally arrived with answers.
Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova (Black Widow), Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier), David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov aka the Red Guardian (Black Widow), Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr aka Ghost (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Wyatt Russell as John Walker aka U.S. Agent (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier), Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov aka Taskmaster (Black Widow), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as La Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) will all be appearing in the Thunderbolts film.
Those savvy with Marvel Comics will recognize the Thunderbolts as Baron Zemo’s antihero team consisting of former members of the Masters of Evil following the battle with Onslaught. While the group initially operated under the false guise that they were superheroes, they eventually decided they actually wanted to become what they were pretending to be. The team has been represented in various iterations in the comics over the years with an ever-changing roster and should present an interesting new dynamic for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It remains to be seen if Daniel Brühl will reprise his role as Helmut Zemo in Thunderbolts, but it would be surprising if he doesn’t end up making an appearance (especially given that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier finale found him conveniently imprisoned on the Raft).
Thunderbolts, which will begin filming next year, is set to premiere in theaters on July 26, 2024.