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Thunderbolts Adds Steven Yeun in ‘Key’ Role

Thunderbolts has added Steven Yeun in a key role to its MCU movie lineup, which features antiheroes and villains as a team.

Steven Yeun has joined the cast of the Marvel Studios movie Thunderbolts in an unspecified “key” role, per THR. Thunderbolts will be the final movie of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, currently slated to arrive in theaters on July 26, 2024, and it focuses on a team of antiheroes. Right now, it’s just up to our imaginations to decide who Steven Yeun plays in Thunderbolts, so I’m going to say he plays Wolverine.

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The announced Thunderbolts team lineup is rather underwhelming, being mostly a bunch of standard soldiers, some of which have super strength. It includes Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), with Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) seeming to preside over them. In the comics, the Thunderbolts are often a team of outright villains taking on missions for ostensibly good missions, but this lineup isn’t very villainous at all. In any case, Jake Schreier is directing Thunderbolts, who directed the well-received Robot & Frank but has only directed Paper Towns in film since.

Meanwhile, everybody knows Steven Yeun. The Walking Dead was effectively his big break, but he’s appeared all over the place since then to increasing acclaim, in films like Minari and Nope. It will be cool to see what he can bring to the somewhat floundering MCU.

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John Friscia
Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.