Thunderbolts: cast revealed and Tim Blake Nelson back as The Leader in Captain America: New World Order

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Back at Comic-Con, Disney & Marvel Studios revealed that a Thunderbolts movie would be hitting theatres on July 26th, 2024, and now, at D23, we’ve gotten an official cast list. Sebastian Stan leads the adventure as The Winter Soldier and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, aka the new Black Widow. Her adopted dad, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, is along for the ride, as is Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, but the rest of the team is where it gets really interesting. Wyatt Russell’s John Walker (aka US Agent) from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and Hannah John Kamen’s Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp make up the rest of the team. At the D23 panel, Stan joked about Winter Soldier is the most stable member of the group.

In the comics, the Thunderbolts are a team of anti-heroes consisting of mostly reformed supervillains. Judging by the cast list, I wouldn’t say anyone qualifies as a “supervillain,” but the anti-hero moniker applies. The Thunderbolts movie is set to be directed by Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank). Marvel regular Eric Pearson (Black Widow) writes the screenplay.

Additionally, the cast of Captain America: New World Order added a familiar villain, with Tim Blake Nelson officially signing on to return as The Leader, a character he first played in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Anthony Mackie plays the new Captain America, formerly The Falcon, with Stan doing double duty between this and Thunderbolts as The Winter Soldier and Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley. Lumbly was in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Danny Ramirez, who played Joaquín Torres, seems to be taking up the mantle of the new Falcon.

What Marvel project teased at D23 are you most excited for? How do Thunderbolts and Captain America: New World Order sound to you so far? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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