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“They’re not as lofty as the Avengers”: Kevin Feige Reveals Whether Thunderbolts is MCU’s Answer to DC’s Suicide Squad

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Anti-hero characters in major movie franchises have always been of great interest to many of the franchise’s fans. Suicide Squad, as most DC fans as well as Marvel fans already know, consists of lovable anti-hero characters who have been superbly written. The new Thunderbolts group is planning to make that same mark for Marvel too.

Thunderbolts is going to be the movie based on the comic of the same name by Marvel and will feature some notable names in the cast. The hype is there, and the idea is there, but will the new movie be able to recruit the same impression that the Avengers lot have made for Kevin Feige? Here’s what he thinks.

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The logo for the movie

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Thunderbolts Aren’t As Lofty As The Avengers, Says Kevin Feige

Thunderbolts, while not being anything like the Avengers, are a group of reformed supervillains who will take on various threats in the upcoming movie.

The movie revolving around the group will be directed by Paper Towns director Jake Schrier with Eric Pearson (who worked on movies like Thor: Ragnarok & Black Widow) set to set up the screenplay. The movie will be featuring fan-favorite Bucky Barnes, as well as six other anti-heroes- Ghost, U.S. Agent, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, and Taskmaster.

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The cast of Thunderbolts

That’s a pretty neat list of characters, much like that of the peeps from Avengers (2012), although the movie itself isn’t the best in the Avengers line of movies in the MCU. But does the main boss Kevin Feige like the Thunderbolts squad as much as he like the Avengers squad?

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Speaking during Marvel Studios’ presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Feige made time to speak about the upcoming Thunderbolts movie-

“You know, one thing in the Captain America film is that there currently is a world without the Avengers. Sam Wilson finds himself as Cap at a time where there’s not an organization of Avengers. But just because there’s not an organization of the Avengers doesn’t mean there’s not a group of superheroes in the MCU. Not a group, perhaps, as lofty as The Avengers but there’s a group and they’re called the Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts are finally coming through the screen and they are a ragtag bunch.”

The Marvel Studios president presented the anti-hero group in a way that people in the fictional world of the MCU would view them- a “ragtag bunch” of reformed supervillains trying to make a difference despite not being quite like the Avengers. And that’s okay, it just makes the movie all the more interesting.

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The Fine Line Between Heroes & Villains Is What The Thunderbolts Currently Stand On

It’s not easy to just do a 180 and start being the good guy when you’ve been a mischievous character your whole life, and that’s exactly what the characters in Thunderbolts are going to be going through, or will act like they are going through.

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The Thunderbolts group in the comics

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During the very same presentation for the last movie in Phase Five of the MCU, one of the actors who play a member of the “ragtag group” gleefully embraced the tag.

Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the role of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the movie said this about the anti-hero group-

“Kevin described us as ‘ragtag,’ so we’ll go with that.”

Sebastian Stan, who is loved by every Marvel fan for his portrayal of Bucky Barnes, followed up on Louis-Dreyfus’ comments, and gave a much more detailed answer regarding the Thunderbolts-

“Well, again, maybe that’s what the movie’s gonna answer, right? It’s always interesting when you as an audience member have to maybe decide whether we are villains or heroes. But I think it’ll be interesting, I think that’s what’s compelling, I guess, about the movie, is sort of that it’s very unconventional like that. It sort of starts out a little bit like ‘who’s really the protagonist or antagonist,’ I guess.”

Mysteries keep almost any topic interesting, and it’s definitely going to spice up Thunderbolts with all this talk of whether or not they’re the bad guys or the good guys.

Follow the shenanigans of the Thunderbolts when it officially releases in cinemas on July 26, 2024.

Source: The Direct

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is working as a content writer for FandomWire. He has written over 100 articles for the entertainment website by reporting on the latest news in the pop culture industry- whether it be on the latest Marvel flick or a groundbreaking DC update. He has previously worked for LeftOye as a content writer too, working on over 150 articles. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University