With the MCU constantly expanding to incorporate more and more characters and possibilities, Marvel Studios have ventured onto the smaller screen using the streaming service Disney+. Could one of these upcoming projects be Thunderbolts?
“Justice, like lightning, ever should appear To few men’s ruin, but to all men’s fear.“Thunderbolts Slogan
Who are The Thunderbolts?
The Thunderbolts are a superhero team that is mostly made up of reformed villains. The Thunderbolts first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #449 in 1997 and were created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley.
The team were initially presented to readers as a group of superheroes similar to The Avengers. It later turned out that these were actually the Masters of Evil in disguise, a carefully guarded secret by Marvel.
The main themes throughout the comic series are redemption and the nature of heroism. The group were originally led by Baron Zemo but later reject him seeking to be heroes in their own right and eventually led by Hawkeye. There was an interim period where the team was led by General Ross.
Who are The Thunderbolts members?
The Thunderbolts have had various members over its 23-year tenure in the Marvel comics so I will not cover all its members (but if you would like me to then let us know in the comments). I will only cover those that have appeared in the MCU although we could have included Bullseye from the Netflix show Daredevil as the rights have now reverted back to Marvel so they can now use these characters.
General Thaddeus Ross appeared in The Incredible Hulk and is the father of Betty Ross the love interest of (Edward Norton’s) Bruce Banner. He is the former lieutenant-general of the United States Army who became Secretary of State. During his time in the military, he was put in charge of a military project called Bio-Tech Force Enhancement Project and tasked with recreating the super serum that was used to turn Steve Rogers into Captain America.
His own personal vendetta against The Hulk caused him to use his experimental serum on his top soldier Emil Blonsky who turns into Abomination. Abomination then went on a rampage causing havoc in Harlem forcing Ross to team up with The Hulk believing he is the only one who can defeat Abomination. The Hulk does manage to take down Abomination before escaping while Ross and the military take Abomination into custody.
In the comics, Ross becomes Red Hulk which is yet to happen in the MCU. Ross has been a recurring character so far and is set to appear in the upcoming Black Widow movie. It is believed that he is there seeking the serum that is used in the Red Room to create the world’s most deadly assassins. If this proves true it could be this serum that transforms Ross into the Red Hulk.
General Ross AKA The Red Hulk made it onto our list of character we would like to see or see more off. Check out the full list HERE.
Baron Zemo was last seen in Captain America: Civil War and will appear in the upcoming Disney+ series Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He is one of the only villains in the MCU to survive a debut movie. He has proven himself to be one of the MCU’s greatest masterminds and through a complicated plan almost single headedly tore apart The Avengers.
During the comics, he was the team’s original leader but also took control at various other times. If the project does go ahead he would be more than deserving to be the leader and would really give General Ross a run for his money to be in charge of the team.
Abomination as previously mentioned was created when Emil Blonsky took a version of the Super Serum and became a sort of “Hulk-like Captain America”. He is probably one of the most anticipated villain returns for the MCU. In The Incredible Hulk, he was portrayed by Tim Roth who as usual gave an outstanding performance. Since his defeat to The Hulk, he has been imprisoned in a government facility and would make a great addition to the team as the “Muscle”.
Batroc had an all too brief appearance in Captain America: Winter Soldier. He is known as Batroc the Leaper due to his comic book ability to have a frog-like jumping ability. In the movie, though he was updated and while he was agile he was more of a kickboxing pirate who managed to hold his own in battle with Captain America.
He was last seen being interrogated after his capture and like Baron Zemo is rumoured to be appearing in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Ghost was the main villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp who spent the film seeking a cure to her ability to phase through solid objects. At the end of the film, the heroes agree to help her find a cure and she seemingly found redemption. Although due to the “Snap” all members were dusted away except Paul Rudd’s Scott lang who was trapped within the Quantum Realm. Since then there has been no mention of the character and she did not appear in the final battle with Thanos during Endgame.
Ghost may be looking for revenge on the heroes for not finding a cure or may have resigned that she needs help from another to find a cure. Either way, she would make a fantastic addition to the team especially if she has managed to get her condition under control.
Based on the above I think we could see all of these in the team. There are many others we could have included who have featured in the team over the years like Deadpool and Hawkeye but we think the above are the most likely.
Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see The Thunderbolts as a movie or a series. Is there a member you would have liked to have seen on the list? Is there a name on the list you really would not like to see in the team?
Either way there is a lot of evidence pointing to the set up of the team and as we hear anything else on it we will keep you updated.