Marvel Studios has just left Phase 4 behind and is getting ready for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After going through its grief phase, it’s time to see what a new kind of super team may bring to the table. While the Avengers‘ next two entries aren’t set for 2025 and 2026, we’ll get a very different kind of team-up to wrap up Phase 5, the Thunderbolts.
Outside of a look at the roster, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the project. Perhaps Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is setting up some story points, we don’t know what will force the hands of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine to form such a ragtag team. David Harbour agrees and gets a chance to sit down with ComicBook.com’s Phase Zero podcast while promoting Violent Night, where he got an opportunity to tease the newly formed group of “losers” of the MCU.
We’re… like, losers, which I like. We’re like, you know, the losers. And I think it’s fun to watch us just mess everything up. I think that’s the spectrum. I think it’s very funny, but there’s also a lot of pathos in that. There’s a lot of drama in a bunch of people that just keep getting their lives wrong and, because of character flaws, keep messing things up. And nobody gives them the respect that they do to Captain America and Iron Man, very capable people. So there’s a lot to draw on there. There’s a lot of movie there that’ll be fun.David Harbour
It’s definitely a fun way to introduce the team, but it’s not the first time that Marvel took this approach. James Gunn introduced the world to the Guardians of the Galaxy as a bunch of “a-holes” that don’t usually belong together. Now that we have a group of anti-heroes working together, it does seem like their personalities are going to clash quite a bit throughout the film’s runtime.