David Harbour teases Marvel’s “unique” Thunderbolts movie

Marvel announced a ton of new information about its upcoming Phase 5 and 6 projects at D23 earlier this month, but few have drawn as much attention as Thunderbolts. Directed by Jake Schrier and written by Black Widow scribe Eric Pearson, Thunderbolts is an antihero team-up movie that will serve as the capstone to Phase 5. This set-up for the film has been seeded throughout Marvel’s Phase 4 as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), who is basically the Thunderbolts’ equivalent of Nick Fury, recruiting various members for this new team of vigilante heroes.

And from what we learned at D23, the line-up for this thing is pretty stacked. In addition to Louis-Dreyfuss, Thunderbolts will also star Florence Pugh (Yelena Belove), David Harbour (the Red Guardian) and Olga Kurylenko (Taskmaster) from Black Widow, Wyatt Russell (John Walker/US Agent) from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hannah John-Kamen (Ghost) from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier. And those are just the characters we know for sure will appear — there’s still a chance that Thunderbolts comic mainstays like Baron Zemo or Abomination could crop up as well, since both have featured recently in the MCU.

David Harbour says Thunderbolts is a “unique MCU movie”

Harbour’s Red Guardian is the Soviet Union’s version of Captain America, but with a very different attitude about him. According to Harbour, this will be a fairly “unique” film for Marvel — which, if true, will be saying something considering how many movies the studio has made.

“There’s a lot of really exciting work happening on this movie,” Harbour told ET. “I also think it’s a unique MCU movie in the sense that you’ve got a bunch of misfits and outcasts and losers and people who don’t really live up to the super in superhero. And, also, all of us are such cool, interesting performers – I think audiences have some complicated feelings about a lot of us – and I think that’s a terrific thing going in.”

As for Harbour’s other big project, Netflix’s Stranger Things, the actor is keeping quiet about it. Season 5 of the paranormal ’80s show is currently being written. “I know a little bit about where it’s headed and it’s really exciting, but you’ll see it in another 15 years when it’s able to be released when we’ve shot it,” Harbour joked.

Thunderbolts is slated to release on July 26, 2024.

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h/t Digital Spy