What is the Thunderbolts release date? The never-ending MCU machine rolls on, and with its expansion comes the opportunity for more MCU characters to get their moment in the spotlight. With Marvel’s Phase 4 coming to an end soon, it’s time to look ahead to Phase 5 and beyond, and that’s where Thunderbolts come in.
The world of Marvel movies is filled with fantastic heroes, but let’s spare a moment to praise the dastardly villains from the superhero movie franchise too shall we? Thunderbolts will bring together a band of bad guys from the comic book universe, many of which we will have seen in MCU movies or Marvel series already. The roster of these characters is varied in the source material so we’ve been wondering who will make the Thunderbolts team in the movie.
So where has Kevin Feige put the Thunderbolts release date on his cinematic calendar? What actors can we expect to see joining the cast? And what will the supervillain team get up to in their very own action movie? Don’t tell Kevin, but we’re going to share the answers with you now.
Thunderbolts release date
Marvel chief Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Thunderbolts release date is set for July 26, 2024. The movie will be the final chapter of Marvel’s Phase 5 slate and will be directed by Jake Schreier.
The announcement came at Comic-Con 2022, and all things being well, Thunderbolts will get a big cinematic release as opposed to being dropped on streaming services.
Thunderbolts plot speculation
The synopsis for Thunderbolts so far is short but sweet – a group of supervillains are recruited to go on missions for the government. That’s according to the science fiction movie‘s IMDb page, but we can start to speculate a fair bit thanks to the source material we have at our disposal.
In many ways, the Thunderbolts team are similar to the Suicide Squad of the DCEU. This is essentially a group of incredibly powerful, morally questionable beings who are given the chance to (kinda) do some good for once. Whether their mission will actually serve the interests of the world for better or worse, remains to be seen.
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That all depends on who is orchestrating the mission, of course. It looks like the one pulling the strings will be Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who we have already seen interacting with the likes of John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) in the MCU.
Historically speaking, the Thunderbolts have risen up at a time when the world was lacking a certain Avengers shaped superhero team. Whether this iteration of the Thunderbolts looks to fill that gap for their own benefit, or to protect the planet, remains to be seen.
Thunderbolts cast speculation
The Thunderbolts team was officially confirmed at D23 2022, and it’s got a lot of names on it. The characters are: Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, Julia Louis-Drefus’s Val, and Wyatt Russell’s US Agent.
The characters are mostly from the Black Widow movie, and the Captain America series.
Of course, it’ll be a lot of fun seeing how they interact onscreen, and whether they can be a successful anti-hero team.
That’s all we know about Thunderbolts for now, but time flies when you’re waiting for information on Marvel projects, so we’re sure to get more details for you soon. In the meantime, why not check out our guide to the Black Panther 2 release date, or the Ant-Man 3 release date for more MCU action.