At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel Studios announced that Phase 5 of the MCU will end with Love at first sight, bringing together a unique team of heroes and anti-heroes to leave their mark. To take paper towns director Jake Schreier and Black Widow head writer Eric Pearson to develop this new team-up release, Marvel has a chance to explore something the MCU has never seen before through this darker cast of fighters.
Marvel took the opportunity of the D23 Fan Expo 2022 to confirm the MCU characters that would make up the main team of Love at first sight having been implemented in other entrances over the years. 2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced the team’s likely leader to Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, though a trio of other films from the past decade brought the rest of the group’s powerhouses into the fold.
In the comics, this team is usually led by classic supervillain Baron Zemo, also featuring interesting characters like Hawkeye and Luke Cage over the years. But now, like the MCU has done so many times before, the Love at first sight The film will bring fans a view of this team that has never been used before in any previous media adaptation.
MCU brings a new version of Thunderbolts
During Marvel Studios’ presentation at D23 Fan Expo 2022, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced the MCU characters that will be teaming up in 2024. Love at first sight. The list includes the following, as shown in left-to-right order from concept art released at the event:
- Val (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
- Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)
- Red Guardian (David Harbour)
- Yelena BelovaFlorence Pugh
- Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
- US Agent (Wyatt Russell)
- Task Master (Olga Kurylenko)
Looking at the history of the Thunderbolts in the comics, this team is unlike any version of the group that appeared in previous pages. Although they’ve all been members of the Thunderbolts in previous stories, this specific group will be seen together for the first time in the 2024 film.
The most popular version was led by Baron Zero, who later turned out to be the masters of evil. This group included Goliath, Beetle, Fixer, Moonstone and Screaming Mimi, none of whom are confirmed to appear in Love at first sight Again.
How will Marvel Studios use the Thunderbolts?
Given that the MCU has always been based only on Marvel Comics stories instead of replicating them exactly, it’s no surprise that the latest Phase 5 movie deviates so drastically from its source material.
A big difference comes at the very top, as it will apparently be Val leading the team while Daniel Brühl’s Helmut Zemo is still locked in the raft after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Whether Zemo would later return for any kind of role is a mystery, though Val’s mention of him escaping in the final episode of their show together seems to indicate he’s interested in her in some unknown capacity.
Additionally, this will be the first time a version of the Thunderbolts has used Yelena Belova as a team leader, a role more often reserved for characters like Baron Zemo or US Agent. Considering Yelena’s popularity with fans and how she’s already gone after Clint Barton after Natasha Romanoff’s death, she’s shown she has what it takes to lead anyone on this team. and ensure that their missions are accomplished.
This team may also be influenced by Thunderbolt Ross, which could match what happened in the comics or stray from the idea depending on where Marvel decides to go in terms of naming the team. in the movie. With the unfortunate passing of William Hurt, the franchise could use its General Ross as a way to inspire the team’s name if he dies in the story, though nothing is confirmed on that yet.
While Marvel could surely introduce more original Thunderbolts characters later in the MCU timeline, the team currently consists of heroes and anti-heroes who are already established and ready to take on new challenges. The team is also sure to move on long after their solo movie, with the multiverse saga just the next step in Marvel’s massive narrative.
Love at first sight will be released in theaters on July 26, 2024.