Thunderbolts: What is the possible bomb that will be dropped in the film?

Thunderbolts, a name that will not mean much to many, but which to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sounds like a gigantic and unusual bet: the film brings, in fact, for the first time to the big screen, the homonymous group of anti-heroes from La Casa delle Idee born in 1997. A team that, during its editorial life, has faced many threats, has gone from evil to good, always having an important weight in the Marvel superhero universe, so much so that it also took part in the Civil War. Here then, finally, the team set up by the Countess Valentina Allegra de La Fontaine (at least within the MCU) has the opportunity to redeem itself, showing the public an alternative version of the much loved Avengers, representing the other side of the coin . A few days ago, in an interview for ComicBook, David Harbourwho reprises his role as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian in Thunderbolts Black Widow (2021), anticipated that in the work “a bomb will be dropped”. But what was the actor referring to?

What do we know about the movie

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Before going into detail, it is worth reflecting on the elements of Thunderbolts that we know. The feature film was officially announced in September 2022, during the D23 Expo 2022, even though this film had been talked about for a long time. The work, directed by Jake Schreier with a release scheduled for July 2024, sees as part of the group some anti-heroes that we have seen mainly in Phase 4 of the MCU (with the exception of Specter, villain played by Hannah John-Kamen who appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp, released in the middle of Phase 3 and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, introduced in Phase 2). We are talking, in addition to the aforementioned antagonists, of the aforementioned Red Guardian (Harbour), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko). As a glue, there is the Countess de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whom we have seen plotting in Black Widow , The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and also in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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A groundbreaking project for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Although two essential names of the Thunderbolts are missing, namely Abomination (Tim Roth), recently appeared in She-Hulk and the Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl), imprisoned by the Wakandians in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we’re pretty sure Zemo especially will be a pivotal plot point, maybe his release could potentially be the team’s first mission. A team that, contrary to what we have seen so far in the MCU, is made up of questionable characters who will perhaps have some malicious interests. What really interests us, however, is that, in a very particular way, viewers will step into the shoes of figures far from the classic superhero standards, as happened with Suicide Squad (2016) e The Suicide Squad (2021). Having said that, since we’re talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the underlying background is much more in-depth, therefore, in addition to being a simple spin-off or a side project, Thunderbolts it will certainly have an important weight in the relationships between the various superheroes and antagonists of Kevin Feige’s cinematic and serial plan.

Thunderbolts: Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan and David Harbor among the protagonists

Some perplexities

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Black Widow: a scene from the new trailer

While we have very little information regarding Thunderbolts, obviously it is also necessary to consider the perplexities that a similar project generates. First of all, although we have already known many of these characters, not all of them have a thorough and effective characterization and this risks creating strong imbalances in the team, with some members of the group who could be more important than others. Then taking into account that, within the MCU, many figures move easily in the gray area, between good and evil (such as Loki, for example) a film of this caliber could be limited in content, forced, in some ways, not to show extreme but sweetened wickedness, without the possibility of truly exploring the darker side of La Casa delle Idee. Clearly we are talking about doubts that derive from experience and the lack of in-depth details, so everything could change at any moment, just by discovering the mysterious element named by Harbour.

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Statements by David Harbour

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Black Widow, David Harbor in a scene from the first trailer of the film

Speaking of the actor’s interview, the latter, about Thunderboltshe limited himself to saying that “although I have not read the script, I have discovered the narrative arc of the story and how it will play out, as it is something fantastic and unique”. He then went into detail describing the genre, “has great elements of action and comedy”finally explaining “that one explosive thing is going to be added into the movie that’s going to be really exciting for the movie to do at the end of this particular phase that we’re wrapping up”. The keyword, in this case, is the Phase that is ending, with Harbor referring to Phase 5 since the film closes this section of the MCU. That’s why, beyond the implications that this crackling element will have within the feature film, we must probably dwell on the importance it will have in the future of La Casa delle Idee. Just why Thunderbolts it is in some ways a connecting work, the content of the realization will have possible non-immediate implications.

Thunderbolts, David Harbor anticipates that “something explosive” will be introduced in the film

The connecting ring

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Hannah John-Kamen in a scene from the film

Difficult to understand what David Harbor was talking about, but it is said that we must necessarily look for a tangible element of history or plot. Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in fact accustomed us to experimentalism, although in recent months there has been a strong lack of basic solidity that we had felt much more during the Infinity Saga. This celebration of the Multiverse seems to have as its distinctive feature the attempt to add more and more meat to the fire, introducing new heroes, antagonists and themes and maybe just Thunderbolts it could be the link between Phase 4 and Phase 6, a sort of thematic and content bridge that gives that security and coherence that until now we have not been able to find in the serial and television world of La Casa delle Idee in post Endgame. Nonetheless, perhaps the actor was referring to a specific detail and there are many theories about it.

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A new superhero or villain on the horizon?

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The most sensational surprise, in reality, could be hidden in the antagonist that i Thunderbolts they will have to face within the film. Theories are already going crazy on reddit, but to have any weight in the future of the MCU we should talk about a really sensational name and it seems that Red Skull is actually fit for purpose. In the Infinity saga, after being defeated in the first film of Captain America, played an important role in Avengers: Endgame and when the Soul Stone was used, he finally got rid of this burden, as the protector of the artifact. Is he ready to put a spanner in the works again in the Marvel world? Shifting perspective, if the team has evil intentions, who will be the heroes to stop the Thunderbolts? And why exactly Supreme Squadronwith “parody” characters from DC (a nice way to recall the Suicide Squad) and a decidedly peculiar nature because they are bad by origin but good by adoption?

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Thunderbolts: What is the possible bomb that will be dropped in the film?