Are MCU’s Thunderbolts bad? Bucky actor replies

Sebastian Stan, the Bucky Barnes actor, reveals if the Thunderbolts are bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The lineup for the Phase 5 movie Thunderbolts was announced last weekend at the D23 Expo. The film will star David Harbor’s Red Guardian, Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster and Julia’s Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Val) Louis-Dreyfus.

While all of these characters have appeared in other properties of the MCU, their stories have mostly been those of villains, anti-heroes, or antagonists rather than the simple heroes that usually lead MCU movies. The Red Guardian and Yelena were introduced in 2021’s Black Widow, being part of the twisted adoptive family of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Taskmaster was an antagonist in that film, albeit not the main villain. Ghost was introduced as the villain in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, while Val and John Walker showed up in the 2021 Disney + series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. By far the most heroic name on the list, Bucky first appeared in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger and has since appeared in many MCU projects. Featuring a lineup of shady and morally gray characters, Thunderbolts has the potential to offer a rich new history of the MCU.

In an interview with ExtraTV at D23 Expo, Stan offers a mockery of the status of the Thunderbolts in the MCU. While not all of the characters on the list are totally evil, they’re not exactly heroes either, and Stan alludes to that contrast. Find out what he has to say below:

Well, again, maybe that’s what the movie will respond to, right? It’s always interesting when you as an audience member maybe have to decide if we’re villains or heroes. But I think that’s the compelling aspect of the film – it’s very unconventional in that way. So it starts a bit like ‘Who really is the protagonist or antagonist’, I guess.

Thunderbolts has a similar, if less extreme, configuration to DC’s The Suicide Squad, in that many of its characters have taken on evil roles in past installments of the franchise. Stan’s comments imply that the characters will continue their morally gray ways in the film, relying on the audience to decide for themselves who to cheer for. Bucky’s story arc in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier continued his decidedly heroic path, so perhaps the events of Captain America: New World Order, which directly precedes Thunderbolts, will question his loyalty. After the story of Bucky in previous MCU films fighting alongside the Avengers, it will be interesting to see the trajectory that will lead him to join this shady team of anti-heroes.

Thunderbolts has the potential to seriously change the MCU by centering traditionally antagonistic characters and offering them more of a third act redemption arc. Creating a new life for anti-hero complexes, Marvel is paving the way for more villain-focused projects like the Disney + Loki series, which is the most viewed Marvel series so far. Thunderbolts is currently set for a summer 2024 release. Hopefully, a trailer will be released soon to give fans more details on the film’s plot.

Source: ExtraTV / Twitter

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