Steven Yeun Will No Longer Play the Sentry in Thunderbolts

Steven Yeun, initially set to portray The Sentry, has reportedly dropped out of the 'Thunderbolts' project.

Steven Yeun Will No Longer Play the Sentry in Thunderbolts


  • Steven Yeun is no longer a part of Marvel's Thunderbolts, as per THR.
  • No proper reason for the actor's departure has been provided.
  • There has been no official statement on this from either Yeun or Marvel Studios.
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In the early months of 2023, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was abuzz with anticipation as reports surfaced about Steven Yeun’s eagerly awaited debut in the much-anticipated Thunderbolts movie. The excitement reached a crescendo as fans speculated on Yeun’s potential role, adding an extra layer of mystery to the Marvel storyline. 

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Beef. Steven Yeun as Danny in episode 101 of Beef. Cr. Andrew Cooper/Netflix © 2023

However, as the curtain was ready to rise on this cinematic spectacle, an unexpected twist emerged. News broke that Steven Yeun, initially set to portray The Sentry, has dropped out of the Thunderbolts project. The Hollywood Reporter delivered the revelation. However, until now, there has been no official statement on his departure from both Yeun and Marvel Studios. 

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Steven Yeun No Longer a Part of Marvel’s Thunderbolts

In disappointing news reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Yeun, renowned for his role in The Walking Dead, has pulled out from his anticipated part in Marvel’s Thunderbolts. However, no proper reason for it has been provided. He was slated to embody the character Sentry in this much-anticipated team-up film, set to commence shooting in March. 

Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead
Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead

Though it’s merely speculation, the tumultuous changes Thunderbolts underwent due to Hollywood strikes, resulting in a seven-month setback, might be a catalyst for Yeun’s decision. It appears the role may have evolved in a direction that does not align with the actor’s creative vision.

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Steven Yeun catapulted to stardom with his portrayal of Glenn Rhee, the beloved zombie slayer in The Walking Dead. The actor’s journey continued to ascend, earning him an Academy Award nomination for his compelling role in the drama Minari. More recently, he starred in an Emmy-nominated role in Netflix’s Beef. Beyond live-action, Yeun lent his voice to the titular superhero in Amazon’s animated series, Invincible. 

Steven Yeun Earlier Teased the Intrigue of the Character

Steven Yeun sent ripples through the entertainment world when he teased his involvement in Thunderbolts back in June 2023. Yeun’s revelation, as shared with The Hollywood Reporter, shed light on the deliberations and considerations that influenced his decision. This includes why he found Thunderbolts appealing and the pivotal role he was set to play in this cinematic extravaganza.

“It kind of came together in a weird way. Jake Schreier, who did episodes of Beef, he got the gig to direct it. He kind of saw me for this role. I read the role and I was like, ‘This is actually a really interesting role. I’d be down to explore this.'”

Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead.
Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead.

The actor shared insights with Empire about what fueled his desire to be a part of this superhero saga. His desire to collaborate once again with Jake Schreier, who previously directed Beef, was one of the main reasons behind his decision.


“I don’t know if it was explicitly on my bucket list, it was more the story, getting to work with Jake Schreier again, who directed Beef, and what his intentions were. The intentions of the particular character that they wanted me to play were very clear, and that’s what drew me to the film.”

Thunderbolts will come as part of Phase Five of the MCU and will follow the titular group of heroes and antiheroes.

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Thunderbolts is currently scheduled for release on 25 July next year.

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