Marvel’s Thunderbolts Adds Always Sunny, Silicon Valley Writer

Concept art for Thunderbolts showing the whole team: Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, Ghost, Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, Bucky, U.S. Agent, and Taskmaster

Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts has found a new screenwriter in the form of Beef creator Lee Sung Jin.

According to Deadline, Lee has stepped in to pen the script for Thunderbolts, taking over the job from Black Widow screenwriter Eric Pearson. The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film reunites Lee with Beef director Jake Schreier, as well as the Netflix series’ star, Steven Yeun. In addition to creating and writing for Beef, Lee has also written for such shows as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, Tuca & Bertie, Dave, Girlboss, The Real O’Neals and 2 Broke Girls.


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The Thunderbolts Join the MCU

Created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, the Thunderbolts first appeared in 1996’s Incredible Hulk #449. Formed by Baron Zemo as part of his quest for global domination, the original incarnation of the Thunderbolts consisted villains pretending to be superheroes. However, more recent incarnations of the Thunderbolts have been portrayed as more legitimate superhero outfits, typically being made up of anti-heroes and reformed villains. Certain iterations of the rough-around-the-edges superhero team have also operated at the behest of the government, resulting in comparisons to DC’s Suicide Squad.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige officially announced a Thunderbolts film as part of Phase Five of the MCU. The film’s main cast consists of numerous established MCU stars, namely, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina “Val” Allegra de Fontaine, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Black Widow, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian and Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster.

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Thunderbolts is also expected to feature a number of MCU newcomers, starting with The Bear star Ayo Edebiri and the aforementioned Yeun, both of whom have been cast in undisclosed roles (though Yeun is rumored to be playing The Sentry). Rounding out Thunderbolts‘ cast for now is legendary Star Wars actor Harrison Ford, who takes over the role of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross from the late William Hurt. Ford will reportedly make his debut as Thunderbolt Ross in Captain America: New World Order before reprising the role in Thunderbolts.

Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts is scheduled to premiere in theaters on July 26, 2024. In the meantime, Lee Sung Jin’s Beef premieres on Netflix next Thursday, April 6.

Source: Deadline


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