Latest ‘Thunderbolts’ Rumor Claims To Reveal Film’s Primary Antagonist

Thunderbolts concept art by Andy Park via Kristian Harloff YouTube

A brand new Thunderbolts rumor claims to reveal who is the film’s primary antagonist.

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Thunderbolts was announced as part of Marvel Studios Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con last year. At the time Marvel Studios revealed the film would hit theaters on July 26, 2024 as part of its Phase 5 offerings.

At D23 in September, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige would reveal the characters that would make up the Thunderbolts team.

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First he noted that Julia Louis-Dreyfus would reprise her role as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Next, he revealed that David Harbour would reprise his role as Red Guardian.

From there, Feige revealed that Hannah John-Kamen would return to the role of the gender-swapped Ghost that she initially portrayed in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Wyatt Russel will also join the team as U.S. Agent.

Feige went on to reveal the team is rounded out by Olga Kurylenko’s gender-swapped Taskmaster, Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 20: President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The team is drastically different from the original version of The Thunderbolts from the comics. The original team first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #449 back in 1997. The team consisted of Citizen V, Mach-1, Songbird, Techno, Atlas and Meteorite.

Following this first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #449, the team got their own series in The Thunderbolts #1. It was revealed that they were actually a new incarnation of the Masters of Evil led by Baron Zemo and were actually Fixer, Beetle, Screaming Mimi, Goliath, and Moonstone.

Baron Zemo and the Thunderbolts are revealed to be the Masters of Evil in Thunderbolts #1 (1997), Marvel Comics

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The team has had a rotating list of characters on its roster since it debuted back in 1997. Winter Soldier, U.S. Agent, and Taskmaster each led separate versions of the team.

Ghost was also part of a handful of teams. Black Widow was part of the team in one incarnation, but it was not Yelena Belova, but rather Natasha Romanoff.

Thunderbolts #1 (1997), Marvel Comics

Other than the team, Marvel Studios hasn’t revealed a lot of details about the film. A rumor from Twitter user CanWeGetToast claimed back in December that Sentry would feature as the villain of the film and that the character would be created by Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine.

CanWeGetToast Twitter

In a more recent update, the Twitter user provided some clarification writing, “A bit of clarification on Thunderbolts: Yes, Sentry is the PHYSICAL antagonist for the team, but the mastermind behind it all is Val.”

CanWeGetToast Twitter

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It’s unclear how trustworthy this alleged scooper is. Despite Feige announcing Ghost and Hannah John-Kamen would appear in the film, the user previously indicated that Ghost would not be in the film.

Earlier this month, the user tweeted a cancel and ghost emoji next to each other with the hashtag Thunderbolts.

CanWeGetToast Twitter

However, three days later, the user claimed it was a “false alarm” and that “Ghost WILL appear in Thunderbolts.”

CanWeGetToast Twitter

What do you make of this latest rumor concerning Thunderbolts?

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