With The Avengers as we knew them now firmly in the MCU’s rear-view mirror, there has been persistent speculation in the fandom that the Thunderbolts might get their day. According to Deadline, a film focused on the reformed supervillain team has started to get traction with Eric Pearson (Black Widow) writing and Marvel boss Kevin Feige producing.
Citing unnamed sources, the publication further reports that although not much is known about the plot, “Marvel has been in touch with certain individuals who already are part of the MCU to make sure to keep an opening in their schedules for next summer when it shoots.” It’s an insight that, of course, opens up further fan speculation (we may already know who could be drafted for the movie) but not too much (the pool may be limited by characters who have already been in the MCU)
In 2019, GameSpot predicted that the Thunderbolts were on their way to the MCU. Writes Mason Downey, “There’s a bit of a power vacuum in the MCU right now… the MCU is currently littered with disparate plot threads and half-dealt-with villains, all of whom could be primed and ready for a major comeback, and even potentially a redemption arc.”