Florence Pugh Rumored To Lead ‘Thunderbolts’

Marvel has been setting up the Thunderbolts, the anti-hero super team for a while now. While many of the main players have been introduced in Falcon and the Winter SoldierHawkeye, and Black Widow, just how the group’s power dynamic would work for the Thunderbolts film remained unknown. Would Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent or Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo take command?

New insight comes from The Town podcast where Deadline report Justin Kroll all but confirms that Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova will head the Thunderbolts.

“[Florence Pugh] has got the Marvel superhero that’s already got a spin-off. Upcoming for her, actually, on that character is this ‘Thunderbolts’ film, which is basically Marvel’s ‘Suicide Squad,’” he said. “Hopefully, it has better results. But the concept is it’d be her leading the team.”

How the specifics would work is yet to be seen, but with Push’s star power on the rise with Don’t Worry Darling and Dune: Part Two this makes sense. Besides Yelena, U.S. Agent, and Baron Zemo, other Thunderbolts members could include Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster from Black Widow, Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2, Tim Roth’s Abomination from The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk, Jameela Jamil’s Titania from She-Hulk, and Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter could both pull the team’s strings.

Whatever the composition of the team, we are likely to get confirmation on them in the coming months especially with D23 coming up September 9-11.

Cortland Jacoby
A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.