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MCU Officially Reveals First Look at Thunderbolts Casts With Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova as Leader of Marvel’s Suicide Squad


At San Diego, Comic-Con Marvel announced that Thunderbolts will join the MCU soon. Based on the comics of the same name, Thunderbolts is a team of villains and anti-heroes. Thunderbolts will conclude phase 5 of the MCU, leading many to believe that the team will have an important role in phase 6, and Avengers Secret Wars and Avengers Kang Dynasty. The cast revealed by Marvel is almost the same as fans expected it to be, but there are yet some changes.

First look of Thunderbolts revealed at D23 Expo
First look of Thunderbolts revealed at D23 Expo

Rumors had that Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belovo would be the leader of Thunderbolts, and will be joined by Abomination and John Walker among others. The first look at the film poster seems to have Yelena as their captain, but we don’t see anything on Abomination. So we can say he won’t be joining Thunderbolts now.

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Marvel Reveals the Cast of Thunderbolts at D23 Expo

Marvel revealed the first official look of Thunderbolts. The team includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, Florence Pugh’s Yelena, Sabastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker, and Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster. Other than the first look nothing else is revealed about the film or its storyline. 

Thunderbolts Cast
Thunderbolts Cast

There is confirmation or news about the plot of the film. However, fans are excited to see the interaction between the members of the team. The interaction between two supersoldiers, Bucky Barnes and Red Guardian, would be interesting, and we would finally get to know if Red Guardian met Captain America

The cast of the film attended the event, except Florence Pugh, who shared a virtual message for the attendees. The film yet has quite the time for its release, and fans will soon come up with multiple theories for what can happen in the movie.

Winter Soldier to appear in Thunderbolts
Winter Soldier to appear in Thunderbolts

Many even believe that Thunderbolts will have two leaders, Bucky Barnes, who will be the moral anchor for the team, like Captain America, and Yelena Belovo will be their driving force like Iron Man. The announcement has fans excited. 

There is no confirmation on whether Marvel will change the origin of Thunderbolts or keep it as the comics. So, there might be possibilities that this team does not replace Avengers at all and will be introduced in a whole new plot itself.

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Fans’ Reaction to the Cast of Thunderbolts

Fans’ reactions to the cast reveal, seem to have mixed reactions. Some fans pointed out Zemo missing out on the team. 

There is no sign of Thunderbolt Ross, who brought together the team in comics as a response to the Phoenix War. Since the actor William Hurt, who played the character, passed away in March 2022, there is still no confirmation on whether the character will appear in future movies or not.

Another Thunderbolts origin includes Baron Zemo bringing together a team of villains. He placed them in a position of trust and deceived the authorities and public, rebranding them as Thunderbolts.

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Baron Zemo

Not seeing any sight of either Zemo or Thunderbolt Ross had fans confused about what will be the origin story of the team and how they will come together. Fans even shared their disappointment on Twitter, asking for Zemo. 

How would Thunderbolts Join the MCU?

However, we saw Valentina Allegra de Fontaine appearing in Black Widow, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and The Hawkeye. She works for an organization interested in recruiting powerful individuals.

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

She meets two members of Thunderbolts during these shows, Yelena Belovo and John Walker, leading many to believe that she is the one, who was approaching them and will have an important role in Thunderbolts coming together. 

There is no confirmation about what will happen in the story and how the events will fold out. Everything will be revealed after the release of the film. Thunderbolts will be released on July 26, 2024.

Source: Twitter 

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.