A Thunderbolts movie was officially announced by Marvel Studios at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but news of the project’s existence actually broke several weeks earlier. Deadline revealed in June that director Jake Schreier would helm the film, which fans now know will be for a July 26, 2024 release date. One of the actors expected to play a role in Thunderbolts is Wyatt Russell, who debuted as the government-selected Captain America John Walker in last year’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+. By the end of that series, Walker had become the U.S. Agent, and was recruited by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Val for a mystery team that many assume will turn out to be the Thunderbolts.
Russell actually has a history of working with Schreier, as the two previously teamed to bring critically acclaimed cult show Lodge 49 to life at AMC. Speaking with The Digital Fix, the actor was asked how he felt about his former creative partner being hired for Marvel’s next big team-up film. According to Russell, the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn’t have gotten a better talent:
Incredible. Amazing. I’m so biased, but like you couldn’t have dreamt of a better person. He has such a tender quality to who he is as a person. But I think in all of his movies, like Robot and Frank, like his way of dealing with relationships is always great. I think his structures are always on point. He’s professional. He’s amazing at filtering ideas, listening to opinions, making the best decisions for the movie, listening to all the voices in the room, but holding power as the filmmaker. He needs to make the film that he needs to make. I just don’t think they could have picked a better person.Wyatt Russell
Fans shouldn’t get too excited about a reunion between the two just yet, however, as Russell also stressed he has yet to receive an actual call about appearing in Thunderbolts:
I’m still waiting. I know they’re doing it. I know that they’re planning it. I gotta imagine that there’s something in there for me. But yeah, until you get that true actual prompt, like, ‘Okay, this is your start date. And this is when you’re coming, and this is when you rent your house, and this is when logistically you need to start setting up to do these things.’ That’s when I shift my mindset to going to do that, you know? Other than that, before you get that call, things can change on a dime; you never know.Wyatt Russell
He continued to explain the anxieties of waiting for the job, citing his desire to call Schreier and get the wheel turning himself:
It’s so hard not to call Jake and be like, ‘so what’s going on?’ Yeah, you have to hold your tongue, because Marvel has their process, and their process is great. You respect it for how they do it. And they’ve had so much success doing it that you want them to do it the way they know best, and so that’s the way that it works, and I’m happy to be a part of that process and fit into their world that way.Wyatt Russell
There have been no casting announcements for Thunderbolts at this time.
Source: The Digital Fix