Marvel Studios is know for keeping most of their upcoming projects under wraps until they officially announce them. Earlier this week, the studio was scooped and it was revealed that they have a project focusing on their Thunderbolts team in development. The film already has a writer and director attached, with Jake Schreier set to helm the film and Black Widow scribe Eric Pearson penning the script. Thunderbolts has been rumored for quite sometime, but we had not gotten anything official about the project until now. Pearson took to his Instagram story to confirm the news by posting a screenshot of an article focusing on the news.
Along with the screenshot, the Black Widow writer added “Guess we can finally talk about it!” Which is the closest thing we could get to Marvel confirming the news. Not much is currently known about the Thunderbolts movie. But the film is currently expected to feature characters like Ghost, Yelena Belova, Winter Soldier, U.S. Agent, Taskmaster, Baron Zemo, Abomination, and possibly Thaddeus Ross. Thunderbolts doesn’t currently have a release date, but I expect the studio to reveal that sooner rather than later. You can check out the Instagram post below.
The next big Marvel Studios project to hit theaters will be Thor: Love and Thunder. The film will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and is set to introduce us to the villainous Gorr the God Butcher, who will be played by Christian Bale. Hemsworth has previously described what it was like working with Bale, calling it “really scary”, and now the actor has detailed the villains complex backstory in a recent interview with D23 Magazine.
“[Gorr is] not a straightforward villain… there’s a real complexity to him. It’s not black and white, what he’s doing. He has a truthful motivation, which I think makes for the most interesting kind of villain,” Hemsworth said. “You might not agree with how he’s going about it, but you understand why he’s been tipped over the edge and why he’s gone down this path. It’s a really challenging one for Thor, because the set of questions Gorr’s posing does hold some truth—but he can’t let Gorr destroy the universe in the process. That, I think, makes this a greater dynamic and not as predictable as the straightforward good gut vs. bad guy scenario we’ve seen before.”
Marvel Studios describes the film as follows: “The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
The film is being directed by Waititi and will star Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor, Russell Crowe as Zeus, Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. In addition to directing, Waititi will also be reprising his role as Korg. Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8th 2022!
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