David Harbour has learned more about Thunderbolts and its narrative arc, warning fans that “a bomb” will be dropped on the MCU when the movie hits theaters in 2024.
Speaking to io9, Harbour revealed that Thunderbolts writer Eric Pearson has a “really cool” idea for “the arc of the movie and how it functions.” He hinted there are some big things to come for the MCU coinciding with the release of the Phase 5 movie, promising: “It’ll be funny, it’ll be weird, it’ll be action. And then we’re also going to drop a bomb.”
When Thunderbolts cropped up at D23 this past September, Harbour’s Red Guardian was confirmed to be part of the “ragtag” group leading the movie, along with Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell’s US Agent, and a bunch of other MCU antiheroes. Harbour assured that the “very random” nature of the roster is a deliberate choice.
“I’ve loved Wyatt [Russell], and Sebastian [Stan] and Julia [Louis-Dreyfus’] characters throughout the universe,” he told io9. “What [director Jake Schreier] wants to do with Florence’s character is very interesting and how I factor into how we develop our relationship is very interesting. And then when you see what Jake and Eric Pearson is trying to fashion, it’s really clever… So you have this movie that’s, you know, kind of ragtag.”
There have been dozens of Thunderbolts members throughout the comic’s history, including notable Marvel heroes like Black Widow, Ant-Man, Venom, and Deadpool. However, the MCU is forging a new antihero team led by Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and it sounds like the eclectic group could close out Phase 5 with a bang.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance entertainment writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.