You might remember that a Thunderbolts (Marvel’s answer to Suicide Squad) film has been something that James Gunn had been keen on bringing to theaters (explains why he was attracted to The Suicide Squad) and there had been rumblings from Roger Wardell that Marvel Studios was moving forward with a version of that project.
GUNN: “Thunderbolts? I will tell you, one time I was saying to Kevin [Feige], we were sitting on set together on one of the days he visited and I said, ‘You know, I really want to make Thunderbolts,’ and he said, ‘James, if Guardians does well you’ll be able to do whatever you want’, so we’ll see what happens.”
MCUCosmic is now backing up those claims made earlier, as they’re stating that Marvel is indeed working a Thunderbolts project but can’t figure out if it’s for Disney+ as a series or for the big screen.
It’s been rumored and speculated by many for a long time, but a Thunderbolts project is now in very early development at Marvel. Most people want to see them on the big screen, but in the Disney+ era and the emphasis Marvel Studios is placing on the service and its importance to the MCU; the possibility of the team starting there can’t be ruled out.
What that Thunderbolts lineup ultimately looks like is unknown, but Roger Wardell had an idea.
Don't worry, Marvel still has big plans for Zemo, Ghost, Justin Hammer, General Ross, and the Abomimation. The Leader is being discussed to return as the main villain of Thunderbolts, which is being planned as a trilogy. #marvelstudios #mcu #thunderbolts #baronzemo #avengers4
— Roger Wardell (@RogerWardell) December 5, 2018
There is an excellent chance that projects like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier plant seeds for Thunderbolts given that Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo will be playing a villain in the series.
In the comics, Zemo was a founding member of the Thunderbolts.
The MCU version of the team could easily be founded by William Hurt’s Thunderbolt Ross as his character Red Hulk happens to be part of a more contemporary lineup of the team and according to Joe Russo he almost showed up in Captain America: Civil War.
JOE RUSSO: “We had so many characters in that movie as it was. We consider everything, obviously, but with so many characters in that movie as it was to try and entertain adding another character and to get to the Red Hulk, you have to add a back story. You have to substantiate the narrative to get to that. [Thaddeus Ross], on our list of priorities, he was their sort of as the government’s agenda and not to add another complicated super-powered character to the mix.”
As with most rumors until there is official confirmation it’s unknown if this will actually happen. We’ll certainly update if there is any official word from Disney/Marvel.
SOURCE: MCU COSMIC