The Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studio Showcase were really expecting some news on the anticipated proyek that’s set to start Phase 6, Fantastis Four (2024). The Marvel Cinematic Universe re-boot of Marvel’s First Famili has been the subject of fan casting galore after John Krasinski made a kejutan appearance as Mr. Fantastis in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), so penggemar were expecting some sort of casting after WandaVision (2021) director Matt Shakman was announced to helm the proyek. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, as the only news that studio head Kevin Feige had about the movie at the D23 Showcase was that there was no news. The proyek is just too early and far out to sharing anything further. However, we did get some information on the film that will be directly preceding Fantastis Four in the current film slate: Thunderbolts (2024).
San Diego Comic-Con 2022, the film will essentially be Marvel’s answer to DC’s Suicide Squad concept, following a ragtag group of villains and anti-heroes who begrudgingly fight crime to pay their debt to society. The tim has undergone quite a few iterations in the comics, ranging from full-blown villains just playing a part to a group of truly remorseful criminals trying to wipe the red from their ledger. Now this tim is finally making its way into the MCU, and the recent casting announcement revealed that quite a few returning favourites will be joining the group. So here is a full cast and character guide of who is joining this group of angry avengers.
Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes Perhaps the most surprising addition to the tim given it looked like he had been turning a new leaf, Sebastian Stan will once again be playing the old pal of Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes. When it comes to seniority, Bucky absolutely wins, both in terms of technical age and amount of time in the MCU, being around in the universe ever since Phase 1’s Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). During World War II, before Steve got his superpowered growth spurt, Bucky was his closest friend and the one that Steve always looked up to. When Steve became a good foot taller and became Captain America, Bucky still remained his best companion and helped him fight the evil think tank HYDRA, until one day when chasing down an enemy train, Bucky fell several thousand feet, his companions assuming the worst.
Bucky miraculously survived, but his fate may have been worse than death. Bucky was found by HYDRA and brainwashed by the organization, fitted with a mechanical arm and becoming the ruthless assassin known as the Winter Soldier. He was placed in cryostasis, only revived when his masters needed an enemy killed, one sasaran even being his old colleague, Howard Stark. Several decades later in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Steve and Bucky once again met, with Bucky not even able to recognize him. Momentually, Steve is able to reach his old friend in Captain America: Civil War (2016), and with the assistance of Wakanda and T’Challa, cured Bucky of his brainwashing.
We last saw the Winter Soldier in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), in which Bucky helps Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), the hero once known as the Falcon who was chosen by Steve to be his successor to the shield. Together they went after a band of super-powered radicals. He was paying his debt to society and those he unwillingly harmed in that show, and that is a theme that will seem to continue in Thunderbolts.
Florence Pugh as Black Widow/Yelena Belova, One of the biggest strengths of Black Widow (2021) was its colorful cast of new characters, the best example of which certainly was Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova. Yelena, like her surrogate sister Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), started her career as a spy and assassin very young, posing as the youngest sibling of a normal American famili during the 1990s along with Alexei Shostakov and Melina Vostokoff. After their mission in the states, Yelena was trained to become the ultimate career assassin known as a Black Widow, while also being brainwashed by her commander, Dreykov. A fellow rouge Widow was able to show Yelena the truth, causing her to betray Dreykov as well and reunite with Natasha and the rest of her spy famili. They defeated Dreykov and Yelena finally got her sister back, albeit for a short time.