Marvel's Thunderbolts Movie In Early Development, Director Announced
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Marvel’s Thunderbolts Movie Found Its Director, Movie In Early Development

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BY June 11, 2022

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

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

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

This would not be Schreier’s first time directing a film. He has previously directed the sci-fi/comedy film Robot & Frank in 2012 and John Greene’s novel-turned-movie Paper Towns in 2015. Aside from these, he also had a few stints directing several music videos for A-list singers. He had collaborated with in the past were Selena Gomez, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and many more.

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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 original intention of the group was to steal resources under the guise of heroism, the group later became an authentic force of good. So who are the possible reformed villains we might get to see in Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie?

Up on the list is Baron Zemo. In Captain America: Civil War, we have seen him terrorize Sergeant James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier. Daniel Brühl reprised his role as Baron Zemo in The Falcon and Winter Soldier. The Disney+ show painted a good picture of Zemo as he tried to accompany the two Avengers in dealing with the show’s antagonists. This “change” in perspective might be in preparation for this film. At the show’s end, the Dora Milaje took him to Raft, the ocean-based prison in Wakanda.

Now that the character resides in 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 can be the leader of the Thunderbolts—Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. This character first appeared in The Falcon and 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 works with, but that could be an entryway for her to become part of this film. But in the comics, Valentina’s alias was Madame Hydra.

Other possible characters who’ll appear in the movie

Aside from Zeno and Valentina, we’ve seen prominent villains or anti-heroes in MCU. Some of them may likely appear in Marvel’s Thunderbolts movie.

  • Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Black Widow’s (Scarlet Johansson) adoptive sister from Black Widow and Hawkeye
  • Ava Starr aka Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) from Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Emil Blonsky aka Abomination (Tim Roth) from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk 
  • John Walker, aka U.S. Agent from The Falcon and Winter Soldier
  • Antonia Dreykov, aka Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), who first appeared in Black Widow

While these are some of the most notable villains from MCU, Marvel might also introduce new characters for this movie. In the comics, plenty of characters became part of the organization. Some of the most notable members were:

  • Abner Ronald Jenkins, aka Beetle, who uses high-tech armor for battle 
  • Melissa Joan Gold, aka Screaming Mimi/Songbird, who has the power to emit supersonic soundwaves
  • Dr. Karla Sofen, aka Moonstone, who has the ability to control gravity due to her fusion with gravity stone made by Kree technology
  • Charlie Burlingame, aka Charcoal, who can control fire and transform himself into carbon-based material like diamond or burning charcoal

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


Paul is many things. He's a fan of anime, superheroes, and everything in between. He dedicates his downtime to annoying the heck out of his cats and dog.


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