Reputable scooper Daniel Richtman sparks speculation that Thunderbolts will feature Marvel’s Superman-like character Sentry as its main villain.
Thunderbolts will feature the Sentry in a villainous role, if a new rumor is to be believed.
Twitter is awash with speculation that the Golden Guardian of Good will serve as the Thunderbolts’ nemesis based on comments made by reputable scooper Daniel Richtman. Richtman previously claimed that Marvel Studios was planning to use an “evil Superman” character as the main antagonist in Thunderbolts. The Sentry certainly fits the bill, as he possesses superpowers on par with the Man of Steel’s and is inextricably linked to a dark entity known as the Void. Even so, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans continue to debate whether Richtman was referring to the Sentry, or if he actually meant another Superman-like figure, Hyperion, instead. For its part, Marvel Studios is yet to publicly comment on the Sentry’s supposed involvement in Thunderbolts, which means the rumor should be taken with a grain of salt for now.
If the Sentry is indeed making his MCU debut in Thunderbolts, he could be the “bomb” that star David Harbour mentioned in a recent interview. Harbour, who reprises the Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian role he played in Black Widow, insisted that the upcoming blockbuster will have major knock-on effects for Marvel Studios’ wider shared universe. The star added that, while he hadn’t yet read the Thunderbolts script, what had been revealed to him about the story so far impressed him. “[The] “the arc of the movie and how it functions…and it’s super cool,” Harbour said. “The idea is really cool.”
The Thunderbolts Are the Losers of the MCU
Part of what Harbour finds so appealing about the project is apparently how different it is from the MCU’s other ensemble projects. According to Harbour, the Thunderbolts aren’t an elite fighting force like the premier MCU superhero team the Avengers, which infuses the movie with both comedy and sadness. “We’re like, you know, the losers. And I think it’s fun to watch us just mess everything up. I think that’s the spectrum. I think it’s very funny, but there’s also a lot of pathos in that,” he said.
Harbour also promised fans that Thunderbolts will further develop the relationship between Red Guardian and his adopted daughter, Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. He added that he was looking forward to acting opposite Pugh again, and described Thunderbolts director Jake Schreier’s plans for her character as “very interesting.”
Thunderbolts arrives in hit theaters on Jul. 26, 2024.