Marvel’s Thunderbolts Movie In Early Development, Director Announced

Another Marvel comic book classic will grace the big screen as Marvel’s Thunderbolts Movie is now under development. Just recently, Marvel Comics released the official listing for THUNDERBOLTS #1.

We’re pretty much in the dark when it comes to Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie. We don’t know the plot of the film or who will be in it, but we have our theories.

Deadline has learned that Jake Schreier will be directing Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie. Schreier wrote the Black Widow movie, out in 2021. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will produce it.

It wouldn’t be Schreier’s first time directing a film. He has already directed the sci-fi/comedy film Robot and Frank in 2012 and John Greene’s novel-turned-film paper towns in 2015. Besides these, he also had a few stints in directing several music videos for prominent singers. He had collaborated in the past with Selena Gomez, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper and many others.

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Who will appear in Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie?

The Thunderbolts were a group of super-criminals-turned-heroes founded by Baron Helmut Zemo. While the group’s original intent was to steal resources under the guise of heroism, the group later became a genuine force for good. So who are the possible reformed villains we might see in Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie?

At the top of the list is Baron Zemo. In Captain America: Civil War, we saw him terrorizing Sergeant James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier. Daniel Brühl reprized his role as Baron Zemo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Disney+ show painted a good picture of Zemo as he attempted to accompany the two Avengers in their dealings with the show’s antagonists. This “change” of perspective could be in preparation for this film. When the show ended, the Dora Milaje took him to Raft, Wakanda’s ocean prison.

Now that the character resides at a facility in Wakanda, it’s only a matter of time before we get to see him again. And Marvel’s Thunderbolt movie might be the best avenue for that.

But aside from Zemo, another person may be the leader of the Thunderbolts: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. This character first appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier when she recruited John Walker to work for her. She then appeared in the post-credits scene of Black Widow, urging Yelena Belova to assassinate Clint Barton. We don’t know what organization Valentina is working with, but it could be a doorway for her to be part of this film. But in the comics, Valentina’s alias was Madame Hydra.

Other possible characters who will appear in the film

Aside from Zeno and Valentina, we’ve seen some top villains or anti-heroes in MCU. Some of them can probably appear in Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie.

  • Elena Belova (Florence Pugh), the adoptive sister of Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) from Black Widow and Hawk Eye
  • Ava Starr aka Phantom (Hannah John-Kamen) from Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Emil Blonsky aka Abomination (Tim Roth) from 2008 The Incredible Hulk
  • John Walker, aka US agent of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Antonia Dreykov, aka Tyrant (Olga Kurylenko), who first appeared in Black Widow

While these are some of the most notable MCU villains, Marvel might introduce some new characters for this film as well. In the comics, many characters have become members of the organization. Some of the more notable members were:

  • Abner Ronald Jenkins aka Beetlewho uses high-tech armor for battle
  • Melissa Joan Gold, aka Mimi/screaming songbirdwho has the power to emit supersonic sound waves
  • Dr. Karla Sofen, aka moon stonewho has the ability to control gravity through his fusion with the Gravity Stone crafted by Kree technology
  • Charlie Burlingame, aka coalwhich can control fire and turn into carbon-based material like diamond or burning charcoal

In THUNDERBOLTS #1, Clint Barton’s Hawkeye leads the group. Luke Cage is also part of this group, which may be a possible opportunity to include him in the film’s roster.

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