MCU film ‘Thunderbolts’ wins director and screenwriter

The long rumored MCU Love at first sight movie, a movie that would center around a group of supervillains who get together and go on missions for the US government, seems to be moving forward.

According to Deadline, director Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank, paper towns) is now attached to the management of the project, with Black Widow writer Eric Pearson on board to pen the screenplay. Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige is producing the film, as he does for all other MCU properties.

Further details about the Marvel project are top secret. We don’t even know which Villains (or former Villains) will be in the roster, though Deadline mentions Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Abomination (Tim Roth), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) as possibilities.

Just tossing that out there, but Iron-Man 2’s Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) would also be a welcome possibility, given that some say he’s the MCU’s most underrated villain.

This is all speculation, of course – we don’t even know if General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross will be in the film. If he is, the general-turned-secretary of state should be recast, as William Hurt sadly died earlier this year. No deal for an actor to take on the role has been confirmed, however. Deadline did say Marvel has reached out to the actors who play some existing characters and told them to keep their schedule free for the start of filming on the film next summer.

Thunderbolts were first introduced in Marvel comics in 1997 The Incredible Hulk #449 by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley. In this comic, a group of superpowered people led by Baron Helmut Zemo ostensibly help protect Earth after the Avengers are presumed dead. The end of this run reveals that the group are actually the Masters of Evil. Later in the comics, however, the Thunderbolts oust Zemo as their leader and actually try to be good.

What the MCU gets from the comics, however, remains unknown. We’ll probably have to wait a bit longer for more details, perhaps until the Marvel panel at the D23 convention in September? Or maybe even longer than that given that this movie could happen beyond Phase 4.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more sci-fi and fantasy, head to Peacock for movies like Firestarter, Constantine, Twilight, Creepshow, Resident Evil, and Independence Day.