In an interview with with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked to provide an update regarding the upcoming Thunderbolts movie.
He said that shooting for the movie would start “relatively soon”. He revealed that the “de facto leader” of the Thunderbolts is Bucky Barnes, and that none of the members of the ragtag bunch would “consider themselves heroes”.
That’s another one. We’ve got a lot of things that start shooting relatively soon. What’s fun about that, and I sort of said this at D23, is that they are barely heroes. None of them would consider themselves heroes. When your de facto leader is Bucky Barnes, that’s sort of all you need to know. That’s the trickle down.Kevin Feige
He added that David Harbour and Florence Pugh’s father-daughter duo were already part of the wider MCU since Black Widow, and that the team would build the movie around those two characters.
But again, it goes to the amazing work that [casting director] Sarah Finn has done across the whole MCU. You’ve got David Harbour and Florence Pugh and these people who are at the top of their game and popping in everything they’re doing. They’re already here and established in the MCU, and we get to build the movie around them.Kevin Feige
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Harrison Ford’s President Thunderbolt Ross has been confirmed to appear in both Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts, and will play a pivotal role in both the movies. In the same interview, Kevin Feige was asked about Ford’s character in the MCU. He revealed that New World Order would also begin filming “relatively soon”.
He went on to compare the role to Harrison Ford’s Clear and Present Danger, in which his character confronted the president on several occasions.
I’m sure anyone you’ve ever talked with about Harrison Ford says this, but it’s unbelievable that we get to meet and talk with him and that he’s embracing this role. He’s tireless with the amount of work that he does. This is certainly a big part for Thaddeus Ross. He’s the president of the United States in the film. And with Harrison, you think about Air Force One, and you think about some of his confrontations with the president in Clear and Present Danger.Kevin Feige
Kevin Feige reminded us of the fact that it was Ross’ hand behind the imprisonment of Team Cap in Captain America: Civil War, and that the power struggle between Sam Wilson and Thunderbolt Ross has only gotten worse.
There’s a dynamic between President Ross and Sam Wilson. They have a history together, but in this film, we’ll be seeing the dynamic between Captain America and the president of the United States in a way that is just incredible.Kevin Feige
Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts releases in theatres on July 26, 2024.