THUNDERBOLTS*: First Set Video May Have Greater Significance Than It Initially Appears

Thunderbolts* star Florence Pugh took to social media yesterday to share a video from the set of the long-delayed Marvel Studios movie. 

In that, the Black Widow and Hawkeye star showed us a set which looked a little prison-like. Scooper Daniel Richtman has now chimed in, claiming that the cast is filming in the vault where the Thunderbolts discover The Sentry. 

It’s previously been reported that the Golden Guardian is being kept in captivity, though we can’t help but wonder what that means for his origin story in the MCU and, even more interestingly, what Valentina Allegra de Fontaine intends to do with him. 

Richtman also claims that Bucky Barnes won’t be part of the team at the beginning of the movie, tying into recent reports that Sebastian Stan may only have a supporting role in Thunderbolts*.

Of course, that wasn’t the only big reveal in Pugh’s set video. As we first reported last night, Thunderbolts is now titled Thunderbolts*, and we don’t anticipate learning about the significance of the asterisk until the trailer drops.

It’s feasible, for example, that the movie will come with a disclaimer that not all of these characters will make it out alive. Given the popularity of many of them, Marvel Studios runs the risk of upsetting a heap of fans if this is where we say goodbye to the likes of Bucky and Red Guardian.

Should they have instead introduced a comic-accurate team – with characters like Songbird and Mach IV – and killed most of ’em, Suicide Squad-style? It’s one alternative, but there’s so much we don’t know about Thunderbolts*, that it would be wrong to make any sweeping judgments. 

Something we can say is that all signs point to the stakes being incredibly high in the movie. Still, what, if any, impact it will have on the wider Multiverse Saga is unlikely to be revealed until we sit down in theaters to watch this team’s big screen debut next year.

Thunderbolts*‘ confirmed cast members include Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Florence Pugh as Yelena Boleva, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster.

Recently, Geraldine Viswanathan replaced Ayo Edebiri in an undisclosed role, while Lewis Pullman has taken over as The Sentry following Steve Yeun’s shock departure from the movie. Both he and Edebiri are said to have left due to scheduling issues.

Written by Eric Pearson, Lee Sung Jin, and Joanna Calo, and directed by Jake Schreier, Thunderbolts* is currently set to be released in theaters on May 2, 2025.