Marvel Studios released two Special Presentations last year, both of which were fantastic. Werewolf by Night brought that character, Man-Thing, and Elsa Bloodstone into the MCU, while The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was a joy to watch.
We don't know what's heading our way in 2023, but The Cosmic Circus is reporting that a Special Presentation revolving around The Sentry is currently in the works for Disney+.
The character is expected to be Thunderbolts' main villain, while the prevailing theory is that The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun will play the unhinged hero.
It's unclear which side of that movie this would be released on, but the site explains that it's likely to be shot at the same time as Thunderbolts. Production on that begins this summer ahead of its planned 2024 release. Whether it's an origin story for The Sentry or a follow-up establishing his new place in the MCU, we're definitely intrigued.
All the site knows is that it will "explore multiple sides of the character."
Elsewhere in the report, plans for Special Presentation featuring the Silver Surfer are reiterated, while Man-Thing and Ghost Rider are also expected to get their own mini-streaming movies. Hopefully, Disney's plan to cool off on streaming titles in an effort to cut costs won't stop any of these from becoming a reality.
This news also comes shortly after it was reported a Special Presentation revolving around Sacha Baron Cohen's Mephisto is set to be filmed during Agatha: Coven of Chaos' production.
To find out more about The Sentry, you can take a look through our handy guide below.
5. The Sentry's Origin Story
For the longest time, Steve Rogers was the only person that 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, it ultimately got bogged down in red tape.
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, and after briefly being held in captivity, Robert attempted to become a superhero. Becoming allies to pretty much all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, he married the love of his life, and all seemed to be going well for the Marvel Universe's new hero...until his inner demons resurfaced.
4. The Void
The Void was Reynolds' repressed personality and took the form of a shadowy monster that was every bit as powerful as the Golden Guardian. The monster killed millions, and continued to plague The Sentry throughout his superhero career.
It's even been claimed that the serum actually transformed the drug addict into The Void, with The Sentry a byproduct of Robert's guilt over the murderous creature he had become. Things do tend to get a little convoluted with the villain's existence, but think of it like Superman having a split personality; that's a frightening prospect, right?
The Sentry's very existence is dangerous, though, as his blood can potentially be used to create countless more Super Soldiers, each as powerful - and unhinged - as Robert. Eventually, Robert took drastic measures to stop The Void...
3. The World Forgets
Desperate to rid himself of his darker half, The Sentry enlisted the help of Mister Fantastic and Doctor Strange to make the world forget he exists. In doing so, The Void was vanquished, but so was one of the world's most powerful superheroes.
Robert tried to live a normal life, but was frequently plagued by memories of his past. Demanding to be placed within The Raft in an effort to keep the world safe, that's where he remained until a breakout that saw him forced to become a hero again. The world soon remembered him, but The Sentry's mental health problems only worsened.
That made him someone it was all too easy to manipulate, whether it was by The Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D. The former tried to do the right thing, but using The Sentry's powers to counter the threat the Worldbreaker Hulk posed, for example, only seemed to make Robert more unhinged and it was soon after that he fell into Norman Osborn's hands.
2. Yes, He Tore Ares In Half
Fooled into believing he was doing the right thing as a member of the Dark Avengers, The Sentry's fractured mind eventually broke during Osborn's siege of Asgard. The Void had fully taken control of Robert by this stage, and he didn't hesitate when ordered to deal with the Greek God Ares...by tearing the hero in half.
The Void was unleashed, killing Loki, and very nearly destroying the planet. Thor eventually managed to end The Sentry after Robert begged to be put out of his misery. The God of Thunder then flew the fallen hero's/villain's body into the sun.
Since then, he's been resurrected and died on a few different occasions, but no longer seems to be the huge threat to the Marvel Universe he once was. These days, his death even appears to have stuck; however, a return could be on the cards if he really does show up in Thunderbolts!
1. What Should We Expect In The MCU?
Rumour has it Valentina Allegra de Fontaine creates The Sentry in the MCU, but when the experiment goes wrong, it's then she has to enlist a team to take him (and presumably The Void) down. That would explain why this version of the Thunderbolts is primarily made up of Super Soldiers!
We're guessing Marvel Studios' take on this character will be a little less powerful than his comic book counterpart, and Thunderbolts will likely start tying up some loose ends, such as where the Flag Smashers got their Super Soldier Serum from.
The prevailing theory is that Ryan Gosling has been cast as The Sentry for what will probably be a one-and-done role for any actor. There is a chance the hero - and occasional villain - could become a recurring presence in the MCU, but it's hard to predict what Marvel Studios has planned for him in the Multiverse Saga. Could he take down Kang the Conqueror, perhaps?