THUNDERBOLTS* Rumored Plot Outline May Give Us A Better Idea Of What To Expect - Possible SPOILERS

THUNDERBOLTS* Rumored Plot Outline May Give Us A Better Idea Of What To Expect - Possible SPOILERS THUNDERBOLTS* Rumored Plot Outline May Give Us A Better Idea Of What To Expect - Possible SPOILERS

Some rumored story details for Marvel Studios' Thunderbolts* have been shared online, and they may give us a better idea of what to expect from the movie's set up...

By MarkCassidy - May 27, 2024 06:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Thunderbolts

Marvel Studios has done a pretty good job of keeping a lid on the upcoming Thunderbolts* movie, right down to that mysterious asterisk that was added to the title just before filming began. We've been able to piece a few things together via leaks and cast interviews, but for the most part, the project remains shrouded in secrecy.

Now, some new story details have found their way online. There's nothing too revealing here - and there's a decent chance this much, at least, will be highlighted in the first trailer - but if you'd rather know as little as possible, here's your spoiler warning.

According to Daniel Richtman, the movie will begin with Yelena Belova, US Agent, Ghost and Taskmaster being sent by Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine to take out an unknown target "in a vault." We don't know who this character is, but the crew soon realize that they were sent there to die, and decide to team-up to bring Val down.

How Sentry, Red Guardian and The Winter Soldier factor in remains to be seen, but perhaps one of them is the person the others are sent to eliminate? We'd also bet on Val enlisting Sentry to protect her against reprisals at some point.

Olga Kurylenko - who will reprise her Black Widow role as Taskmaster - was asked about that asterisk during a recent interview with Screen Rant, and while she chose her words carefully, the actress did confirm that the project has undergone some changes since it was first announced.

"Well, they changed a couple of things. [Laughs] That's all I can say, but that also doesn't say anything, because obviously every movie is different, and in every movie, things change. But yeah, it will be different, we'll see. There's nothing I can say." 

Still not much to go on, obviously, but we'd say Thunderbolts* turning out to be a completely different movie - maybe even Dark Avengers - is the most likely explanation.

Though other characters might well be added, the Thunderbolts roster currently consists of Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster (Kurylenko).

Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julie Louis Dreyfus) will put the team together, and rumor has it that she may also be partially responsible for Sentry's creation.

As for Sentry, Lewis Pullman (Salem's Lot, Top Gun Maverick) recently joined the cast as the powerful, unstable character, replacing The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun in the role.

There were rumors that Harrison Ford's Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross would be involved, but that's yet to be confirmed. Black Widow's Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) and Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) from Ant-Man and the Wasp are also rumored to appear.

Thunderbolts* is currently set to be released in theaters on May 2, 2025.

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SonOfAGif - 5/27/2024, 6:17 PM
I hope they explain why Ghost and Taskmaster join the team and not just have them appear as being recruited off screen with no explanation.
TheLobster - 5/27/2024, 6:20 PM
@SonOfAGif - they probably won’t but should be lol
HashTagSwagg - 5/27/2024, 6:33 PM
@SonOfAGif - Just a guess but Val has something on Ghost or Morpheus, probably jail time for breaking laws or some shit like that. I imagine she's giving Taskmaster a pardon of she works for them as well.
Apophis71 - 5/27/2024, 6:56 PM
@SonOfAGif - Ghost is the easy one if she still needs that QR stuff to stabilise her condition, Taskmaster is a literal blank page at this point as we know nothing about her as a person, just as a brainwashed antagonist not in full control of her actions...

...should be explained, probably will be, but maybe not to our satisfaction.
lvcl - 5/28/2024, 2:12 AM
@SonOfAGif -

All the characters in this movie are secondary.

It seems that the point of the film is to replace Nick Fury with Valentina and the Captain with a Widow, meaning that we continue with the woke inclusion that has caused the MCU to lose so much money and followers.
Dotanuki - 5/27/2024, 6:19 PM
I hope they don’t bumble their way into winning.
TheLobster - 5/27/2024, 6:19 PM
I have a feeling that Marvel couldn’t help themselves and decided to make some changes last minute to make this set up another film lol
ObserverIO - 5/28/2024, 4:32 AM
@TheLobster - The changes probably come from the massive overhaul that happened when Iger took over from Chapek after Marvel Studios started putting out critical and commercial failures.

They overhauled everything, Agatha, Daredevil, Cap 4, etc. Cancelled some things outright too.

Essentially it's no secret that Marvel has been in the shitter and now they're pulling it out of the shitter, washing it down and giving it a radical makeover. Getting it all red carpet ready.
TheLobster - 5/28/2024, 8:56 AM
@ObserverIO - fingers crossed that’s the case.
WruceBayne - 5/27/2024, 6:21 PM
Wouldn’t make more sense that The Sentry is the one in the vault?
Apophis71 - 5/27/2024, 6:32 PM
@WruceBayne - Considering the BTS video we've had everything points to the one in the vault being Sentry, seemed very akin to 'The Boys' going to retrieve Soldier Boy or 'The Flash' releasing Supergirl from what little she showed of the set in that.
StSteven - 5/27/2024, 6:38 PM
@WruceBayne - Probably but then there would have to be a lot of exposition afterward as to who he is and how he got there if that is in fact the beginning of the film. Plus, if the Sentry is anywhere near as powerful as he is in the comics it would take one hell of a vault to hold him and it might be hard to buy that those characters would be able to bust him out. But who knows.

Personally, I would prefer something along the lines of Val getting her own "Dark Avengers" (i.e. black ops) team together and then when they fail at some assignment she realizes that even with super soldiers on the team they are not "super" enough, so she decides to create her own SUPER super soldier, i.e. the Sentry and that ends up going south when he goes crazy and she has no choice but to call in the Thunderbolts to take him down. Seems like a more "linear" story to me, but that's just my take.
dragon316 - 5/27/2024, 6:22 PM
Team vs evil enemy there’s plot all comic movies are same with different characters
Malatrova15 - 5/27/2024, 6:22 PM
Kang back
HashTagSwagg - 5/27/2024, 6:30 PM
Why would Yelena even trust Val at the beginning when last we saw of them Val basically sent her out to go kill her sister's closest friend who has been long since retired but I guess Val figured he needed to die for some reason. You'd think that would have been the catalyst for some revenge plot but I guess when it comes to the films, the shows really don't matter.
IAmAHoot - 5/27/2024, 6:32 PM
@HashTagSwagg - Agreed, but with the way Val is supposed to be like the next Fury of sorts, her weaseling her way out by sying she didn't know the details is at least easy enough for them to write. Whether they do it well is another story, but realistically Barton and probably the core Avengers were the only ones who really knew exactly how Natasha died.
HashTagSwagg - 5/27/2024, 6:36 PM
@IAmAHoot - Be kind of a shitty thing to honour your friends sacrifice to save everyone by not not telling anyone about her sacrifice.
IAmAHoot - 5/27/2024, 6:46 PM
@HashTagSwagg - Her sacrifice is one thing that was made known and public (made evident in Far From Home), but it's not hard for Val to fudge the details to say it was Barton's fault and he actively killed her actually, especially with all the secret info she is privy to. After the fact she can say, welll how could anyone but him have know. I'm just spitballing, but it's not out of the realm. And at any rate, she just said that Barton was responsible, and regardless of the specifics it is partially true (though in no way his fault).
IAmAHoot - 5/27/2024, 6:30 PM
Sounds interesting and potentially cool enough, but depends on the details and execution. This also makes it sound like Red Guardian would end up having much the same role he did in Black Widow, so the sequel rumors to that movie are fitting, though I'd imagine they kill him off as hero or tragic firgure (or both).
TheVisionary25 - 5/27/2024, 7:37 PM
@IAmAHoot - I hope not since I have liked Red Guardian thus far and this take of him being this flawed father figure/ washed up hero trying to regain his supposed former glory.

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Though you could be right since it could be an emotional death if done well and I don’t really see him being involved in any of the announced projects so far (besides the Avengers films maybe).
Origame - 5/27/2024, 6:36 PM
"It changed" wow. Such a breakthrough! I never would've guessed!
BruceWayng - 5/27/2024, 6:36 PM
Ghost, Taskmistress and Yelena…

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SuperCat - 5/27/2024, 6:39 PM
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DocSpock - 5/27/2024, 6:55 PM
@SuperCat -

DAMMITT!! You beat me to it. Now I have to get a different slobber porno tongue Halloween costume.
Apophis71 - 5/27/2024, 7:01 PM
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DocSpock - 5/27/2024, 7:03 PM
@Apophis71 -

ARGHHH!!!! That's causing me first wife flashbacks.

SuperCat - 5/27/2024, 7:04 PM
@DocSpock - Oh sh*t. LOLOL!
LukeCage2155 - 5/27/2024, 7:22 PM
@SuperCat - That would be a fantastic scene for a future MCU movie.
SuperCat - 5/27/2024, 7:23 PM
@LukeCage2155 - Agreed!
OriginalGusto1 - 5/27/2024, 10:26 PM
@SuperCat - Lemme guess, if they brought back The Red Skull?
JFerguson - 5/27/2024, 11:18 PM
@Apophis71 - grimy chick. The kind that can give you rabies
SuperCat - 5/28/2024, 12:33 PM
@OriginalGusto1 - LMAO! Jerk!
GhostDog - 5/27/2024, 6:39 PM
Some messy character motivations aside the idea sounds cool. Yelena working for Val makes no sense unless she has something on her, idk
Apophis71 - 5/27/2024, 7:02 PM
@GhostDog - She already was working for her in FatWS
Apophis71 - 5/27/2024, 7:03 PM
@GhostDog - Correction, was working for her in Hawkeye, was setup in an End Credit of the Black Widow film too
bobevanz - 5/27/2024, 6:44 PM
There's No way in hell I ever watch that Black Widow movie again. Florence Pugh is top notch and definitely the best actor in the group of newbies, luckily she won't get typecast after the check clears lol
MisterDoctor217 - 5/27/2024, 6:48 PM
What even is the point of this movie anymore lol

When they announced it they said it would be Marvel’s Suicide Squad

But now I don’t even know

Hopefully Sentry at least gets a comic accurate suit and his double personality issues.
marvel72 - 5/27/2024, 6:56 PM
This movie is going to be bad, same goes for The Falcon:So Brave New World.
TheMetaMan - 5/28/2024, 2:16 AM
@marvel72 - brave new world will do better because it’s the legacy of Captain America. I can imagine the audience supporting this more then thunderbolts.
marvel72 - 5/28/2024, 10:03 AM
@TheMetaMan - It's hard to say, I think Deadpool And Wolverine will do well, then when they release the Disney Plus shows, I believe it's Agatha and Ironheart,so it could hurt what movies come next.
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