The upcoming Thunderbolts movie will provide a deeper exploration of the trauma and experiences that have shaped the team of anti-heroes. It will delve into the origins of the characters as victims of experimentation and brainwashing. The effects of their past traumas will be highlighted, with characters like Yelena and Bucky struggling to cope and find redemption. Bucky’s role as a leader may present an opportunity for the Thunderbolts to change their violent pasts, but whether they all want that remains uncertain.
Director Jake Schreier teases that the movie will allow for a deeper understanding of the characters. The line-up for the Thunderbolts team was revealed during D23 in 2022, with Yelena Belova and US Agent already recruited by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Schreier praises the “incredible cast” behind the project and expresses excitement to work with each of them.
The Thunderbolts have already been introduced in previous Marvel movies, but the new movie will provide a deeper exploration of their traumas. Characters like Yelena, Bucky, Taskmaster, and Ghost have all been victims of experimentation and have been controlled by others. John Walker and Red Guardian have faced disgrace and are trying to find their place. Valentina is assembling a team of killers and spies, some of whom have been villains or victims. The movie could further explore the effects of their trauma and how they cope with it.
Yelena’s trauma was shown in Hawkeye as she sought revenge for her sister’s death. Bucky has been working to move past his PTSD, as seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Bucky taking on the role of leader may be his attempt to help the others find peace and redemption. However, it is uncertain if all the Thunderbolts want that. The characters have only known violence and fighting, either by choice or as victims of their circumstances. The movie could be an opportunity for them to change their violent pasts or it could be them staying in the world they already know, but with a better cause.
Thunderbolts will offer a new side of the team of anti-heroes, providing a deeper understanding of who they are. It will explore their traumas and the effects they have on the characters. The movie will also showcase an incredible cast and their portrayals of these complex characters. Thunderbolts is set to be an intriguing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.