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Marvel introduces the Thunderbolts at D23 Expo

MCU fans, get ready to meet your new favorite superteam
Thunderbolts
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MCU fans, get ready to meet your new favorite superteazm. At D23 Expo 2022, the line-up of the Thunderbolts was revealed, and… it’s not exactly who you might have expected.

Introduced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the new team appeared together on stage: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Contessa), David Harbour (Red Guardian), Hannah Jon-Kamen (Ghost), Wyatt Russell (US Agent), Olga Kerleynko (Taskmaster), and… Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier?!? Apparently so, with the sadly absent Florence Pugh (Black Widow) appearing in a video message because she’s currently in Venice promoting Don’t Worry Darling.

"I love this team! I love the Marvel Universe! I love Red Guardian and my beloved Yelena,” Harbour told a thrilled crowd, while Stan added, “These are my kinds of people. They look like a good troubled bunch and I know a thing or two about that. Glad to be back and join a team of sorts."

Notably absent, even though he’d been strongly rumored to be part of the movie, was Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo — a character who’s closely related to the Thunderbolts in their comic book incarnation. Does his absence from the team line-up mean that he’s not going to be involved in the movie, or simply that he won’t be on the team itself? Could he even be (gasp) the movie’s villain?

We won’t know for some time. The movie isn’t due out for some time — it’s scheduled for a July 26, 2024 release — and hasn’t even started production yet; that’ll happen some time next year, according to Feige.


Catch up on this and all the big news, reports, interviews, and galleries of the weekend with Popverse's D23 Expo 2022 coverage round-up.

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