RUMOR: Steven Yeun Drops Out Of Playing The Sentry In Marvel Studios' THUNDERBOLTS Movie

RUMOR: Steven Yeun Drops Out Of Playing The Sentry In Marvel Studios' THUNDERBOLTS Movie RUMOR: Steven Yeun Drops Out Of Playing The Sentry In Marvel Studios' THUNDERBOLTS Movie

We're not sure what to make of this one, but rumours are swirling on social media that Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) has decided to pull out of playing The Sentry in Marvel Studios' Thunderbolts movie.

By JoshWilding - Jan 02, 2024 05:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Thunderbolts

We're taking this with a pinch of salt for now, but the moderators of the r/DCULeaks Reddit page are claiming that Thunderbolts has lost actor Steve Yeun. 

No additional context has been provided beyond him dropping out and, if there is any truth to these claims, the trades will likely chime in with confirmation shortly. This doesn't make a whole lot of sense based on what else we've been hearing but with Thunderbolts undergoing changes after the Hollywood strikes - which saw it pushed back by more than seven months - the role may have evolved in a way Yeun is unhappy with.

Again, this is only a rumour and it's not one we're 100% buying quite yet. The aforementioned moderators have shared what appear to be some pretty reliable scoops in recent months; however, this is a wild claim, particularly with cameras expected to begin rolling on the MCU movie in the coming months.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman recently confirmed that Yeun will play The Sentry (revealing he'd been for a costume fitting), while scooper Daniel Richtman shared a post only yesterday claiming the actor's superhero costume is among the best Marvel Studios has ever dreamed up.

"It kind of came together in a weird way," Yeun said of his casting last year. "Jake Schreier, who did episodes of Beef, he got the gig to direct it and he kinda saw me for this role, and I read the role, and I was like 'This is actually a really interesting role, I’d be down to explore this.'"

"I think it’s less about now checking things off a bucket list and more looking at an experience," he continued. "It’s more like ‘Do I want to experience that?’ Putting it out is a whole other thing that I’m gonna have to prepare for afterwards, but in the immediate, I’m just down to just experience that experience."

We'll keep you updated as this story develops.

Tellingly, Richtman posted this around the time the rumour dropped:

In the comics, Steve Rogers was initially the only person the Super Soldier Serum worked on. Other government agencies struggled to create their own versions, and it was in the late 1940s that Project: Sentry was first dreamed up.

Meant to be 100,000 more powerful than the serum that created Captain America, the project ultimately got bogged down in red tape. However, years later, a meth addict called Robert Reynolds broke into the laboratory of one of the professors who worked on that and ingested the "Golden Sentry Serum" while looking for a fix.

With that, he gained the power of a million exploding suns, later becoming one of the Marvel Universe's greatest superheroes. There was a twist, though, as The Void - Reynolds' repressed personality - later emerged and took the form of a shadowy monster every bit as powerful as the Golden Guardian. It killed millions and continued to plague The Sentry in the years that followed. 

Thunderbolts' confirmed cast members include Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Florence Pugh as Yelena Boleva, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster.

Written by Eric Pearson and Lee Sung Jin, and directed by Jake Schreier, Thunderbolts is currently set to be released in theaters on July 25, 2025. 

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garu - 1/2/2024, 5:14 PM
what a rollercoaster of emotions this has been
MadThanos - 1/2/2024, 5:29 PM
@garu - If he dropped it out by a change on the story, I'm taking a guess that the director is the next one.

If the director leaves they'll delay the project again and maybe it won't even happen.
ObserverIO - 1/3/2024, 3:57 AM
@MadThanos - Here's hoping.
MCUKnight11 - 1/2/2024, 5:15 PM
Not going to lose any sleep over it. Pushing it back will always give it a better chance to be something great.
MCUKnight11 - 1/2/2024, 5:16 PM
If that's the case, Yeun can be Mister negative in Spider-man 4.
SonOfAGif - 1/2/2024, 5:18 PM
@MCUKnight11 - I feel like John Cho would make a phenomenal Mr. Negative. If not than maybe Joe Taslim because he does his own stunts and is a decent actor.
rychlec - 1/2/2024, 5:52 PM
@SonOfAGif - It's just a reality that rumors are mostly all the site has to work with at the moment. The strikes, tighter seals on leaks and Marvel's shuffling of all things, leaves little to report in the way of actual, verified news stories.
taesamlee - 1/2/2024, 6:35 PM
@SonOfAGif - both solid choice honestly. Harry Shum Jr is someone I thought would be good for the role
Scarilian - 1/2/2024, 8:15 PM
@MCUKnight11 -
I'd rather not have another villain in Spider-man whose personality just alters when they are evil. Seen that with Green Goblin and to an extent Doc Ock due to the tentacles.

I also don't think Mr.Negative offers much unique as a villain, he's effectively Electro with Mysterio's mental manipulation. You could perhaps tease the idea of him by having Martin Li take over Aunt May's homeless support.

In my view Scorpion, Shocker, Tinkerer, Prowler and Justin Hammer would be suitable for a Spider-man 4 - along with the introduction of Miles Morales who'd gain powers at the end enabling him to be in Avengers 5/6/7.

Spider-man 5 would likely be Venom, after the events of Avengers 5/6/7 Peter would have the black suit. Then you can have his fall from grace and a battle between him and Miles before Venom ends up being defeated by their friendship/teamwork.

Spider-man 6 would be a live-action Spider-verse with 'Tobey', 'Andrew', 'Tom', Miles, Julia Carpenter, Mattie Franklin and Anya Corazon being recruited by Madame Web to fight against Knull.
soberchimera - 1/2/2024, 9:08 PM
@MCUKnight11 - Martin Li is Chinese not Korean.
Chaos200 - 1/3/2024, 2:07 AM
@soberchimera - Were you okay with him playing Senry?
SonOfAGif - 1/2/2024, 5:16 PM
I feel like these rumors that this site constantly keeps posting are worse than the Multiverse Saga in its entirety.
Slotherin - 1/2/2024, 5:16 PM
Was he ever even confirmed to be playing Sentry?
Feralwookiee - 1/2/2024, 5:27 PM
@Slotherin - Not officially.
Robert Kirkman sorta eluded that Yeun was being considered for the role, but nothing official from Marvel.,the%20actor%20to%20play%20him.
Apophis71 - 1/2/2024, 5:38 PM
@Feralwookiee - Yeun kinda confirmed it after that too I think, certainly never denied it when directly asked after Kirkman let the cat out of the bag as far as I am aware so as official as it gets, lol.

Have to wonder why there is any reporting from somewhere called DCUleaks about Marvel, at least wait till somewhere connected to Marvel not DC says something cos it looks more trollish than reliable otherwise even if credible.
MCUKnight11 - 1/2/2024, 5:17 PM
Since he lost out on Lex, maybe Skarsgård?
SonOfAGif - 1/2/2024, 5:18 PM
@MCUKnight11 - I can't believe they wasted him to voice Kro in The Eternals...
MCUKnight11 - 1/2/2024, 5:22 PM
@SonOfAGif - That's the other one, Bill. Can't say I blame you because I can't keep track of how many of these Skarsgårds there are either.
Ryguy88 - 1/2/2024, 8:31 PM
@MCUKnight11 - you mean an actor that actually looks like Sentry? What are you, some kind of bigot?
ObserverIO - 1/3/2024, 4:00 AM
@MCUKnight11 - He's be a great Doctor Doom.
RegularPoochie - 1/6/2024, 2:25 PM
@Ryguy88 - lol
Vigor - 1/2/2024, 5:17 PM
I respect this actor so I respect his decisions. But if true, it's both a win and a loss for this movie. A loss because well, he's a captivating actor. A win because perhaps now we will get someone more comic accurate
Origame - 1/2/2024, 5:29 PM
@Vigor - ok, considering all the times you called me racist for having a problem with race swapping, what do you mean by more accurate?
HashTagSwagg - 1/2/2024, 5:59 PM
@Origame - It's too much of a hot take to point out that this dude don't look remotely Asian.
Apophis71 - 1/2/2024, 6:00 PM
@Vigor - Assuming this is true, unlikely as feel the entire point was avoiding another Superman clone as already been too many of late including one in the Eternals (but also ample similar others like Homelander, Shazam, Thor, Brightburn and Superman himself all out there in recent years)...

...think it was always intended to do a Super Saiyan take on the concept instead in order to make him more unique to the franchise and likely intended to be a more original character repurposing a hero name and a connection to an altered version of the void for a character they had little intent to directly adapt.
Origame - 1/2/2024, 6:02 PM
@HashTagSwagg - exactly.
Vigor - 1/2/2024, 6:17 PM
@Origame - I personally don't care what race or gender Sentry is. But others really do. And others are very vocal about it. I don't want this to be yet another failure for mcu

And if I called you racist, it's after seeing a theme in your comments for over a year and coming to an apt conclusion
Origame - 1/2/2024, 6:32 PM
@Vigor - ...but literally all my comments about race as a problem is due to race swapping. You're seeing the pattern because there's a pattern with Hollywood race swapping.
Vigor - 1/2/2024, 6:49 PM
@Origame - there absolutely is a pattern. I personally don't see anything wrong with it. I in some cases, advocate for it. Other times it seems forced and takes me out of enjoying the movie.

But that's besides the point. I honestly don't remember calling you racist. I'm sure I've said "your comment is racist/sexist" because most of them are. But I see you're really hurt by the assertion that I think you're racist. I apologize if I ever called you directly racist. I think being racist or sexist is a spectrum and not black and white for most people. We all have biases. But I do believe that YOUR beliefs against DEI and women protagonists and race swapping are deep rooted in fear that your own race and gender are being eliminated (replacement theory), and those beliefs you hold ARE inherently racist

Hope that clears some things for you
Origame - 1/2/2024, 7:12 PM
@Vigor - ok, this is just an apology for using the term while standing behind the sentiment. Which means nothing since you still view me as racist.

Seriously, other than having a problem with race swapping, what did I say that was racist? If not, take it back.

For someone who insists on making things more peaceful on this site, that's the bare minimum.
DarthOmega - 1/2/2024, 8:25 PM
@Origame - The answer is nothing. I have been here for a while. I've read your comments. Nothing about it is racist or sexist. Earlier he talked about it being forced.


None of these race swaps are organic. He also brought up DEI. Nothing about that is organic. It's as hollow and corporate as they come. Forcing behaviors so to speak (Black Rock)

We have had decades of diversity. Music, Sports, stand up, literature etc. Right now black culture dominates music, memes, sports, fashion, and this has been the case pretty much for all of the 21st century. For some reason the white savior complex has become so far reaching they don't even realize it's taken on the opposite effect.

Ever since these DEI style forced, inauthentic, corporate initiatives have taken place race relations have been strained. So has the box office. The conversation of race has been brought up at every turn regardless whether it's needed or not. And if you question it, you're a racist. Not someone who likes authenticity. Just a racist. It's childish really. That's the best "argument" they can muster.

Race swaps are lazy hand-me-downs. But it takes it a step further once you add real events and real people and give it the modern Hollywood once over. No one has a problem with authenticity. The problem is modern Hollywood lacks it and then some. We see pandering from a mile away. Some people just don't mind fake shit.
Ryguy88 - 1/2/2024, 8:34 PM
@Vigor - "race swapping...Other times it seems forced and takes me out of enjoying the movie."

That sounds like no good racist talk to me! Get em!
Origame - 1/2/2024, 8:56 PM
@DarthOmega - I honestly think he's just trying to jump on the bandwagon while it's clear most hate race swapping, while ignoring what he's actually done.

I wouldn't mind him changing his mind, but if he's genuinely gonna do it he needs to own up to his mistake. Otherwise, how can we trust him?
Slotherin - 1/3/2024, 12:42 AM
@DarthOmega - what's an organic race swap and what is inorganic?
TheLight - 1/2/2024, 5:18 PM
If true,

Spidey91 - 1/2/2024, 5:23 PM
Why was an MCU rumor on a DCU subreddit? 😅
MCUKnight11 - 1/2/2024, 5:26 PM
@Spidey91 - That's what I'm wondering. I'm not saying they're wrong or unreliable, but what business does a DC account have reporting on Marvel?
OptimusCrime - 1/2/2024, 5:24 PM
Alan Ritchson!
For either Sentry or MCU Eddie Brock
DocSpock - 1/2/2024, 5:25 PM
@OptimusCrime - Ritchson for sure! That was exactly what I was gonna type when I saw you message.

Great minds.

OptimusCrime - 1/2/2024, 6:09 PM
@DocSpock - just finished S1 of Reacher..

Dude's a powerhouse
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