THUNDERBOLTS* Star Olga Kurylenko On That Mysterious Asterisk: "They Changed A Few Things"

THUNDERBOLTS* Star Olga Kurylenko On That Mysterious Asterisk: "They Changed A Few Things" THUNDERBOLTS* Star Olga Kurylenko On That Mysterious Asterisk: "They Changed A Few Things"

Thunderbolts* star Olga Kurylenko has addressed the mysterious asterisk that was added to the movie's title, and the Black Widow actress chose her words carefully...

By MarkCassidy - May 02, 2024 02:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Thunderbolts

Back in March, Florence Pugh announced that cameras were officially rolling on Thunderbolts by sharing a video from the set to her Instagram page.

The brief clip highlighted Pugh's updated outfit, a first look at Yelena Belova taking aim on one of the monitors, and the movie's official logo on the back of a chair, which appeared to reveal the addition of an asterisk to the title.

Marvel Studios later shared the video, confirming that the supervillain (well, anti-hero) movie will now officially be known as Thunderbolts*.

What does this signify? There are several theories, the most popular of which speculates that Thunderbolts* is actually going to be a Dark Avengers movie. Kevin Feige did address the title change during CinemaCon last month, but said we'd have to wait until the film was in theaters to find out what it means.

Olga Kurylenko - who will reprise her Black Widow role as Taskmaster - was asked about the asterisk during an 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 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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CoHost
CoHost - 5/2/2024, 2:24 PM
"They Changed A Few Things"

Uh...
Origame
Origame - 5/2/2024, 3:13 PM
@CoHost - translation: "the movie was terrible so we're trying to salvage it with massive reshoots"
Unites
Unites - 5/2/2024, 5:03 PM
@Origame - they just started filming lol
Origame
Origame - 5/2/2024, 5:06 PM
@Unites - it's that bad.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 5/2/2024, 2:24 PM
does she still got a man body?
UncleHarm1
UncleHarm1 - 5/2/2024, 3:04 PM
@harryba11zack - Do you?
Origame
Origame - 5/2/2024, 3:33 PM
@harryba11zack - so...they finally got a trans superhero in there 🤣
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 5/2/2024, 3:43 PM
@UncleHarm1 - oh does he
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 2:26 PM
Well , thanks for the nothing article lol.

Anyway , i think Olga has done well in the little of her work that I have seen so I hope they give her something meaty in this film…

I think there’s potential with this version of Taskmaster honestly in that she was mainly a brainwashed assassin/weapon in Black Widow but so was Bucky in TWS.

I could see someone like him who has gone through his redemption arc see who he used to be in Antonia due to the similar experience they have had which could lead him to guide her in finding out who she is and gain her own measure of absolution.

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Polaris
Polaris - 5/2/2024, 2:35 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Yeah, same with Ghost, who was kinda Shield's winter soldier. If done well their relationship could be very interesting, since they have a lot in common, which could in turn highlight their differences.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 2:45 PM
@Polaris - yeah , kinda

She was an assassin but one big difference is that she wasn’t brainwashed

She still had autonomy , is that SHIELD promised her a cure but never delivered

I think this movie has potential to really improve upon both Taskmaster and Ghost from their previous appearances if tey give them the chance.
Polaris
Polaris - 5/2/2024, 3:22 PM
@TheVisionary25 - True, Bucky had it way worse and also was used as a weapon for longer, but I think they would understand each other.

Yeah, I hope they do.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 3:56 PM
@Polaris - yep

The character dynamics are what excite me the most here…

Even Us Agent & Red Guardian have some similarities
Polaris
Polaris - 5/2/2024, 4:12 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Same! Like I know most people didn't like the lineup because they're similar but that's why I find it interesting. I want to see how they react to each other. For me it's like, these characters HAD to meet at some point, they're in the same corner of the universe and may have crossed paths before and also there's this cold war thing going on with half the team being russian and half american and Bucky having ties with both sides. They will either become a family or try to kill each other lol
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 4:17 PM
@Polaris - never really noticed the Cold War thing , that’s interesting…

I definitely agree though

Plus intrigued by how Lewis Pullman’s Sentry fits in (I’m assuming he’s the McGuffin of sorts),
Polaris
Polaris - 5/2/2024, 4:25 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Yeah, I guess so. I'm looking forward to see what they do with a team like this against a character so powerful.
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 5/2/2024, 2:28 PM
Marvel's Suicide Squad* there, fixed the title
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 5/2/2024, 2:31 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - they better have a character say:User Comment Image

MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 5/2/2024, 2:34 PM
@bkmeijer1 - LOL. would love that. the comic/cartoon version of Thunderbolts i thought was cool and great concept. This. This movie i have almost no interest or hope itll be great, but, i could be wrong with a nice trailer or 2... we'll see
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 5/2/2024, 4:54 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - if it ends up being a real Suicide Squad, it could be interesting. So far though, I'm not expecting character deaths
Matchesz
Matchesz - 5/2/2024, 11:07 PM
@bkmeijer1 - so you’re general thunderbolt ross huh ? So what we like the thunderbolts or some shit
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 5/3/2024, 2:25 AM
@Matchesz - honestly, that would be even better. Who gets to say it though?
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 5/2/2024, 2:33 PM
I do wanna the see the team being taken over by Norman Osborn and HAMMER when Ross and Val are ousted, but I don't think a team name change requires as an asterisk. Falcon and the Winter Soldier didn't need one either with Captain America and the Winter Soldier
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 2:42 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I do agree with you about the asterisk here

Seems kinda silly but maybe it’ll make sense out of context

I did like the title change of FaTWS at the end , made it feel more complete I guess
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 5/2/2024, 3:13 PM
@bkmeijer1 - VERY low chance the team is taken over by Norman Osborn, Sony holds the rights to them which is likely why they did the whole no Oscor/Osborn bit in NWH. A version of Green Goblin and/or Norman Osborn could turn up in the MCU but likely limited to only in Spider-Man films and/or team up movies that feature Peter Parker such as an Avengers team one where SM is a core member.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 5/2/2024, 4:56 PM
@Apophis71 - I know. Think it would be a nice chance. We already had Norman as Goblin twice already, so it would be an interesting direction to go (if Sony allows it)
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 5/2/2024, 2:38 PM
Hope that’s a big asterisk.
TheMetaMan
TheMetaMan - 5/2/2024, 2:38 PM
That facial expression cracks me up. When I first watched the movie I was like - hang on this whole time taskmaster is played by a Bond girl. 😂😂😂😅🤣
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 2:43 PM
@TheMetaMan - I kinda liked her Bond Girl Camille even though she was the weakest Craig film imo

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TheMetaMan
TheMetaMan - 5/2/2024, 4:04 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I really liked her in QOS. Weakest Craig-bond movie by far but it does have some redeeming qualities. I especially liked the fact that Craig & her never actually got it on. They only shared a kiss from what I remember. For a bond movie that’s rather noble.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/2/2024, 4:10 PM
@TheMetaMan - yeah I did like that

They pretty bonded over their own respective losses and need for revenge

It was only a kiss on the cheek if I remember correctly so not even a lip lock
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 5/2/2024, 2:41 PM
Obviously they're adding a couple of characters.
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SuperCat
SuperCat - 5/2/2024, 2:43 PM
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VISIONaryNPa1
VISIONaryNPa1 - 5/2/2024, 2:50 PM
So... this is a non-news article lmao. She says nothing we haven't already known about.

Moving along...
TheManWithoutFear
TheManWithoutFear - 5/2/2024, 2:54 PM
A bit of mystery is probably a good thing. Draws people attention. Like the antithesis to these twitter scoop accounts.
IronDean2099
IronDean2099 - 5/2/2024, 2:57 PM
By the end of the movie some characters will die and some new ones will be added (sort of like at the end of Age of Ultron) then the Thunderbolts title card will appear before changing into Dark Avengers.
WakandaTech
WakandaTech - 5/2/2024, 3:06 PM
Feige " Taskmaster is such a cool character with spinoff potential and we can hire a Black Actor"

Activists " Yeah we want to hire a white European female to play that character , you know for diversity reasons"

dagenspear
dagenspear - 5/2/2024, 4:51 PM
@WakandaTech - Where's it been confirmed that Feige had no say in who was cast
SATW42
SATW42 - 5/2/2024, 3:08 PM
Thunderbolts*

*World War Hulk (without it directly translating the books)

Banner is somehow going to be forced back into his old form in Captain America and him and Ross are probably going to be fighting like crazy unable to be stopped and are going to just be tearing shit up, they decide this group of misfits is expendable and they might even be part of the process to make the Sentry in an attempt to stop them.

Sentry is going to have ties to Banner is some way in this movie and ultimately will end up saving Bruce and dying.

"But how is that a thunderbolts movie?" Well, Hulk and Ross battling it out isn't actually going to be the focal point, the characters are. It's going to be like a Godzilla movie, or maybe better yet Cloverfield, where theres a bunch of crazy shit going on but the characters, in this case the Thunderbolts, are actually the focus
SATW42
SATW42 - 5/2/2024, 3:13 PM
@SATW42 - Captain America might even be tangentially involved because of Bucky. It might be how Bucky is only a small part of the movie like people have said. Cap might recruit him to go help with cleanup and getting people to safety.

I really think these movies are going to be a mini arc in the multiverse saga of Hulks tearing shit up.
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