• Director: Jake Schreier
  • Screenplay: Lee Sung Jin
  • Studio: Marvel

Marvel’s Thunderbolts will be another team-up effort for the studio, this one putting together some side characters from other movies into one, big, explosive mix. It could be one of the studio’s best yet.

Thunderbolts Cast

Ever since Julia Louis-Dreyfus joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as the mysterious and very manipulative Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, aka Contessa Valentina Allegra, aka “…you can just call me Val. But don’t call me Val…” MCU fans have been trying to connect the dots. One dot they are hoping it leads to is Marvel’s Thunderbolts, the oft-rumored film that may be a part of Marvel’s Phase 4 or possibly Phase 5.

The reason we say Phase 4 or Phase 5 is because Marvel hasn’t exactly said that Thunderbolts has been given a green light, despite all the speculation. And before it comes out, if you are wondering what order should I watch Marvel, no worries because we have you covered there. The next phases are soon to include next additions like The Marvels, Shang-Chi 2, and Blade among many others.

Don’t feel bad if you aren’t quite sure just exactly what or who the Thunderbolts are, it can get a little confusing. To date, though, Marvel has already featured some of the Thunderbolts in various films and series which is why there’s speculation that a bigger project is on the way. Let’s take a look at what we might know about this movie coming from Marvel.


With the stable of characters the Marvel Cinematic Universe has built over the last many years, there were going to be a few ways to take Marvel’s Thunderbolts when it came to team makeup. Now, we know who will be leading the series and, at least to start, how it will mix in with the greater MCU.

For starters, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier is coming front and center and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova/ Black Widow will see their names in lights for the movie.

Additionally, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker/ US Agent, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, and Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost will also enter the mix. Each comes from different stories in the MCU and all point to one heck of a team. There could be other additions, and we will get to Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Daniel Bruhl shortly here, but as a group this is almost better than what was first thought about the production.


Like most Marvel characters, their stories were born on the printed page. The same goes for the Thunderbolts, who first saw action in The Incredible Hulk #449 comic, which was released in January 1997. Created by Mark Bagley and Kurt Busiek, the original Thunderbolts were Citizen V, Atlas, Meteorite, Mach-I, Techno, and Songbird. Perhaps those names are not familiar?

In reality, those original six Thunderbolts were a group of super-criminals, led by Baron Helmut Zemo (Citizen V) with the intent of gaining the trust of the government and the public so they steal cities resources. Goliath (Atlas), Moonstone (Meteorite), Beetle (Mach-I), Fixer (Techno), and Screaming Mimi (Songbird) were the other super-criminals Baron Zemo recruited for his master plan.

Zemo was bent on revenge. He was looking to exact it on Captain America and The Avengers and bringing together his Thunderbolts was the perfect beginning. With his plan in place, he was about to go after them when the Avengers, along with the Fantastic Four, apparently died while fighting Onslaught. There was a change in plans after that.

Instead of doing what Onslaught had done, Baron Zemo decided that his Thunderbolts would assume their new identities and pretend they were superheroes, there to battle against evil.

Baron Zemo longed for access to SHIELD and the Avengers’ secret files. He was looking for personal gain as well as making a profit in the underworld. What he didn’t plan for was the success his Thunderbolts were finding as they performed as superheroes. Marvel’s Thunderbolts were beginning to like the fact that they were being looked at as heroes and no longer villains.

They were further pushed into the “hero” realm when they came across Jolt (Helen Takahama), a teenage girl who found herself orphaned during the Onslaught ordeal. Jolt got her name when she was given bioelectric powers by geneticist Arnim Zola.

After meeting the Thunderbolts, Jolt took an immediate liking to the team. She believed in their good deed doing. It was this belief that further pushed the Thunderbolts to want to continue to do good. They did.


Over the years since Marvel’s Thunderbolts first appeared, there have been a number of different team-ups. Baron Zemo has been the constant link but there have been others who have led the Thunderbolts. In the comics, Marvel’s Thunderbolts were led by Norman Osborn, that had Moonstone, Bullseye, Penance, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Swordsman, and Venom as members.

Then there was H.A.M.M.E.R.’s Thunderbolts. This group consisted of Black Widow, Ghost, Paladin, Headsman, Ant-Man, Grizzly, Scourge, and Mister X. Luke Cage was the leader of Marvel’s Thunderbolts at one time as well.

At one time, the Red Hulk was the leader of Marvel’s Thunderbolts. This crew consisted of Deadpool, Elektra, Agent Venom, and Punisher. Not a bad lineup right there and much better than the lineup that was given to the Winter Soldier when he took over the Thunderbolts. They were Fixer, Atlas, Moonstone, MACH-X, and Kobik.

Baron Zemo once again took over Marvel’s Thunderbolts when he was out for revenge against the Punisher. His new team consisted of Moonstone, Ghost, Fixer, Radioactive Man, and Jigsaw. Finally, there was Mayor Wilson Fisk, whom we all lovingly know as Kingpin, who also had his version of Marvel’s Thunderbolts. This group was comprised of Taskmaster, Mister Fear, Batroc the Leaper, Rhino, Star, Ampere, and Snakehead. What this means, in the big picture, is that Marvel’s Thunderbolts, if it were to happen, has a lot of leeway as to who could represent the team.


julia louis-dreyfus marvel thunderbolts

So, where exactly does the Contessa fit in? Well, we’ve seen Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa stick her nose into the doings of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier where she made a play to reel in John Walker (Wyatt Russell with major success). We also saw the Contessa make another surprise appearance at the end of Black Widow to stir up things between Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

It would not shock nor disappoint Marvel fans if the Contessa somehow played a big part in a Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie or series. The way the studio has been building here character, this is one logical way to go here, especially considering some of the overlap with other productions.


 marvel thunderbolts

Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo was first introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and then made a big splash in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. With Baron Zemo being the main player in almost everything Marvel’s Thunderbolts related; it would be strange for Bruhl’s Zemo not to be involved.

We are sure that Daniel Bruhl would have no issue climbing back into Baron Zemo’s costume. This is the most logical casting considering the connection to the original comic book. And it can’t be a mistake that he was included prominently in the Disney+ series. Bringing him back into the fold does set up this Thunderbolts connection.


Last spring, Marvel’s Thunderbolts returned to the comics. Writer Jim Zub, along with artist Sean Izaakse, has once again breathed some life into the anti-hero superheroes, which again has started MCU fandom thinking bigger picture and that they may finally get to see the Thunderbolts on the big (or even small) screen.

The new comic sees Clint Barton (Hawkeye) running the show. He is joined by Monica Rambeau, America Chavez, Power Man, Persuasion, and Gutsen Glory. All six are on hand to move into New York City and be the protectors of the Big Apple in the aftermath of Wilson Fisk’s war. If this new storyline to bring back Marvel’s Thunderbolts is what pushes the team, in whatever form, into the MCU, then let’s hope the comic goes over big.

As for the movie, well that is planned to hit screens in 2023 or 2024. There is no official release date yet, but this could be one of Marvel’s most anticipated offerings.

Latest Marvel’s Thunderbolts News

Florence Pugh Reveals New Black Widow Suit

Florence Pugh has taken to Instagram to share a sneak peek at the upcoming Thunderbolts film, and she gave us …

4 months ago

deadpool 3

Deadpool 3 Saving The MCU According To X-Men Director

There’s no way around it – no matter how hard you try to block your eyes, it’s impossible to blur …

5 months ago

fantastic four

Marvel’s Most Troubled Project Undergoes Another Overhaul

For a long period, there was no doubt that between Marvel and DC, the former was the bigger winner when …

5 months ago

x-men 97

X-Men ’97 Heroes And Villains Revealed

Although Marvel may be in a bit of trouble when it comes to their big-screen productions like Captain America: Brave …

5 months ago

Marvel Loses Another Star, Is New Movie Cursed?

Ayo Edebiri has exited Marvel’s upcoming Thunderbolts movie, citing scheduling conflicts. She will be replaced by Geraldine Viswanathan, who has …

5 months ago

Ayo Edebiri Thunderbolts

Marvel Must Cancel Thunderbolts Before It’s Too Late

Should Marvel cut its losses and cancel the upcoming Thunderbolts movie outright? It’s starting to look like that may be …

6 months ago

steven yeun marvel

Steven Yeun Reveals Why He Left Marvel And Bailed On Thunderbolts

The recent news that Steven Yeun dropped out of the Marvel film Thunderbolts was very disappointing. While some people might …

6 months ago

Ayo Edebiri Thunderbolts

Marvel Loses Best Actor Imaginable For Thunderbolts

The MCU just lost an Oscar-nominated actor. Steven Yeun is reportedly leaving Thunderbolts. Though sources haven’t confirmed the reason for …

6 months ago

Wyatt Russell Reveals Thunderbolts Is Breaking The Marvel Mold

Wyatt Russell recently sat down with his father, Kurt Russell, to talk about several of the younger actors’ upcoming projects, …

7 months ago

steven yeun marvel

Steven Yeun Marvel Role Revealed And It’s Unbelievably Powerful

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, recently revealed that Steven Yeun will be playing the Sentry in an upcoming …

8 months ago


Marvel’s Thunderbolts Shuts Down Production Indefinitely

Production on Marvel’s upcoming Thunderbolts movie is delayed due to the ongoing writers strike.

1 year ago

Ayo Edebiri Thunderbolts

Marvel’s Future Depends On The Thunderbolts And That’s A Mistake

Thunderbolts is Marvel’s next big team-up, but it’s being set up to fail by the sheer weight of the MCU.

1 year ago

harrison ford marvel

See Harrison Ford In First Look At His Marvel Character

Harrison Ford is nattily dressed as the MCU’s new Thunderbolt Ross.

1 year ago

florence pugh

Florence Pugh’s Upcoming Superhero Movie Already Headed For Disaster After Surprising Admission

Florence Pugh has yet to receive a script for Thunderbolts, despite the film’s fast-approaching shooting schedule.

1 year ago

harrison ford presumed innocent

Exclusive: Harrison Ford Will Play The President Again In A New Movie

Harrison Ford is joining the cast of Armor Wars as President Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.

1 year ago

walking dead dead city

Marvel Just Hired A Zombie Killer

Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead fame has been cast in Marvel’s Thunderbolts.

1 year ago

marvel morbius

A Walking Dead Star Is Becoming A Huge Part Of Marvel

Steven Yeun is joining Marvel’s Thunderbolts in an unknown role, which we theorize is Norman Osborn.

1 year ago

david harbour red guardian

Thunderbolts Leader Isn’t Who You Think It Is

Bucky Barnes will be the leader of the Thunderbolts team.

1 year ago

Ayo Edebiri Thunderbolts

Marvel’s Thunderbolts Adds Best Star From The Bear

The Bear star Ayo Edebiri is joining Marvel’s upcoming Thunderbolts.

1 year ago

julia louis dreyfus thunderbolts

Marvel’s Thunderbolts Is Actually A Sequel

Marve’s Thunderbolts will act as a sequel to Black Widow.

1 year ago

The Bear Star Is Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ayo Edebiri from The Bear has joined the cast of Marvel’s The Thunderbolts.

1 year ago

Harrison Ford

See Harrison Ford Transformed Into Red Hulk

Harrison Ford is taking over the role of General Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means potentially, he’ll be Red Hulk.

1 year ago


Marvel’s Secret New Master Villain Revealed?

It may be that Marvel’s Thunderbolts villain is secretly Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine controlling the mega-powerful Sentry.

1 year ago

Ayo Edebiri Thunderbolts

Thunderbolts Star Wants To Beat Somebody Up

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has stated she wants to get into a fight in the Thunderbolts movie, and she pitched the fight to the producers.

1 year ago

thunderbolts ghost

Exclusive: Thunderbolts Removes Hannah John-Kamen As Ghost

The upcoming Thunderbolts movie will no longer star Hannah John-Kamen as the antihero Ghost.

1 year ago

stranger things metallica

Stranger Things Star Sadie Sink Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Well-known Marvel leakers have said that Sadie Sink is currently being looked at for the role of Songbird in Marvel’s upcoming Thunderbolts film.

2 years ago

harrison ford

Watch Harrison Ford Assemble Marvel’s Thunderbolts Team

This fan-made trailer teases what’s to come in Marvel’s Thunderbolts when Harrison Ford takes over as General Thaddeus Ross.

2 years ago

florence pugh

See Florence Pugh Free The Nipple Once Again

Florence Pugh looks fantastic in these revealing outtakes from a Tiffany & Co. shoot.

2 years ago

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford Reveals His Reason To Join The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Harrison Ford is joining the MCU as General Thunderbolt Ross for a simple reason: A superhero movie is something he has never done before.

2 years ago

florence pugh

See Florence Pugh In A Silk Nightgown And Ridiculous Cape

Florence Pugh showed up to the British Independent Film Awards this year in a nightgown-inspired dress and a ridiculously giant …

2 years ago