Marvel’s Evil Justice League Coming To The MCU?

Squadron Supreme, Marvel's version of the anti-Justice League, may be coming to the MCU thanks to the upcoming Thunderbolts film.

By Matthew Creith | Published

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four begins its journey of closure with the recent release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, many fans of the franchise are looking towards the future of what Disney and Marvel might be bringing. Top of mind in predictions tends to center around a Thunderbolts movie currently in the works, but the film might also be a vehicle to showcase another superhero team called the Squadron Supreme, as reported by KC Walsh, a quasi-Marvel expert with supposed insider knowledge of what Marvel might be cooking up, posted to Twitter about his assumptions that the evil Justice League-type of team will be featured alongside the Thunderbolts.

Squadron Supreme
Squadron Supreme

The Squadron Supreme has been compared to an evil version of DC Comics’ Justice League, largely due to the fact that the team is comprised of heroes that band together from a variety of universes. Originally referred to as The Squadron Sinister before being reimagined into The Squadron Supreme, the superhero team is depicted as a rival of The Avengers until they become a little less threatening over time. Some incarnations of the team consist of less popular superhero characters, including Nighthawk, Power Princess, Whizzer, and Hyperion.

A Thunderbolts movie is currently in development with Marvel Studios leading the charge, and filming is supposed to begin on the new project sometime in the next few months. The movie is slated to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Five, with inclusions of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvels, and television shows streaming on Disney+. Kang the Conqueror will feature prominently in this next phase with actor Jonathan Majors continuing in the role, so some Marvel experts believe his character’s connection to The Squadron Supreme in the comic book series means that the team will show their faces in Thunderbolts.

Marvel’s Thunderbolts

The Squadron Supreme might not be as popular to fans outside of the Marvel comic book world as The Avengers or Justice League, but Thunderbolts appears to be shaping up to be a worthwhile ride. Scheduled to be release in July 2024, actor Harrison Ford has been confirmed to play Thaddeus Ross in both Thunderbolts and Captain America: New World Order. Joining him in Thunderbolts is a familiar ensemble cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov, and Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr.

With Marvel headed down a more detailed path of multiverse madness, audiences should expect to see more characters added to the mix. The Squadron Supreme has connections all over the multiverse, including alternate realities and Avengers: Secret Wars, which is expected to serve larger plot points in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Six plan. Regardless if The Squadron Supreme show up in the new Thunderbolts movie or not, Disney appears to be looking forward to ushering in a new set of characters into their blockbuster franchise while attempting to stay true to the veteran characters that have helped land them in a comfortable position taking over the box office in recent years.