There's a lot to look forward to for Marvel fans - including Thunderbolts, which already boasts an incredible cast.

However, we're going to have a while to wait for the highly-anticipated film, as production has been delayed for the Writers Guild of America strikes.

According to Deadline, filming was set to start in June in Atlanta - but cast and crew have been told to hold off. The outlet reports that production will continue when the strike has finished.

The MCU movie will follow a team of anti-heroes, who have been gathered together for a specific mission, utilising their very specific skillset. Other than that, the plot currently remains shrouded in secrecy, although we're sure that as the film heads into production we will hear more in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you are keen to catch up on every MCU entry so far, we have you covered with our Marvel movies in order guide.

Marvel's Thunderbolts release date

Marvel's Thunderbolts will be released in cinemas on 26th July 2024.

Filming is expected to begin in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in early 2023 and the film's release is due to be the penultimate cinematic release of Phase Five.

The film was confirmed in July 2022.

Marvel's Thunderbolts cast

Black Widow
Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Black Widow. Marvel Studios

The following cast members will appear in Marvel's Thunderbolts.

  • Florence Pugh as Black Widow/Yelena Belova
  • Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier/James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
  • David Harbour as Red Guardian/Alexei Shostakov
  • Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster/Antonia Dreykov
  • Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost/Ava Starr
  • Wyatt Russell as US Agent/John Walker
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina "Val" Allegra de Fontaine
  • Harrison Ford as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
  • Ayo Edebiri as TBC

A selection of characters from throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe will return for Thunderbolts.

Pugh reprises her role as Yelena Belova after her appearances in Black Widow and Hawkeye, while Stan is back after his appearances in the Captain America trilogy, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Elsewhere, Black Widow stars David Harbour and Olga Kurylenko are also back, while Hannah John-Kamen returns as her Ant-Man and the Wasp antagonist Ghost.

Meanwhile, Wyatt Russell returns as the brutish John Walker after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which saw him recruited by the mysterious Val, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also recruited Belova in the post-credits scene of Black Widow.

In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Val was revealed to be the new director of the CIA.

Meanwhile, following the death of actor William Hurt, Star Wars and Indiana Jones legend Harrison Ford has been cast as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford replaces the late William Hurt in the role of Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross The Walt Disney Company via Getty Images

Ford's first appearance as the character will occur in Captain America: New World Order.

Another actor who has recently joined the film is Ayo Edebiri, known for her work in The Bear and Big Mouth. It's currently unknown who she will be playing, but the news was first reported by Deadline in January 2023.

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One person who has not been confirmed to appear is Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, despite the character's ties to the Thunderbolts.

Speaking to on whether he will be making an MCU comeback, Brühl revealed: "Even if I could… I couldn't, you know."

He added: "The only thing I can say, everybody knows – is I'm not dead!"

Maybe he could return after all...

Is there a trailer for Marvel's Thunderbolts?

At present, there is no trailer for Thunderbolts.

However, we will be sure to update you as soon as we have footage.

What is the plot for Marvel's Thunderbolts?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Val in Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney

The official synopsis for Marvel's Thunderbolts is described as "A group of antiheroes goes on missions for the government."

In Marvel Comics, Thunderbolts were originally a team of supervillains disguised as heroes while the Avengers weren't around but in reality were the Masters of Evil, led by Baron Helmut Zemo.

However, this time around it appears this team has been organised by CIA director Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who has already recruited Yelena Belova and John Walker to work for her.

Considering that Thaddeus Ross is a politician, he is probably in league with Val, which is made more likely by their more extreme approach to issues in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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