Marvel and Kevin Feige may have finally learned their lesson which follows Steven Yeun exiting Thunderbolts to play The Sentry.
It’s also follows the big failure of Feige’s diverse approach to the MCU’s Phase 4 and Phase 5 which fans have rejected. The MCU’s most recent release, The Marvels, bombed so bad it’s the MCUs worst-grossing movie of all time, it’s lost Marvel upwards of $200 million, and has the worst drop ever for a superhero film.
If the message isn’t loud and clear that fans don’t want their favorite characters replaced with garbage-tier storylines, I don’t know what to tell ya. Just look at the numbers (and that includes Disney+).
Steven Yeun was originally cast in the role of The Sentry for Marvel’s Thunderbolts and even had a test costume fitting. However, for unknown reasons, Yeun has exited the flick (the strike is getting the blame but that seems unlikely).
In the Marvel Comics, The Sentry is blond white dude Robert Reynolds. The dude is a white bread as it comes. He has the power of a million suns, hence why he looks like the sun. Marvel Comics even retconned their entire history to make The Sentry an original hero from back in the day.
Austin Abrams rumored as The Sentry
It’s safe today that Steven Yeun looks nothing like The Sentry.
So now a rumor has surfaced about a potential actor that may be replacing Steven Yuen as The Sentry.
According to Daniel RPK and DCUleaks, up to play The Sentry in Marvel’s Thunderbolts is Austin Abrams who is known for HBO’s Euphoria and interestingly enough even appeared in The Walking Dead.
Now we gotta just hope they can get the script right as it sounds iffy. See below.
What is Thunderbolts about?
About a group of losers
No plot details are known but rumors offer Thunderbolts isn’t going to be about a group of badass villains, but it’s claimed the flick is goofy on the level of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (how’d that work out for Quantumania?). It’s said Thunderbolts also won’t be R-rated and will be about a group of losers that band together to form a makeshift family. Wow. Sounds fun.
Not a straightforward Marvel movie
Wyatt Russell, who is playing U.S. Agent, also hinted in a recent interview that Thunderbolts is not what Marvel fans will expect.
“And the story that I think they’ve come up with is really interesting — I know parts of the story and how the story works, I can’t talk about it. But it’s not a straightforward Marvel movie as you’ve seen in the past,” he said. “I think that it’s gonna be a lot of fun but I think it will be something that hopefully Marvel fans will look at and go, ‘Oh, okay, this is a little different, let’s go hard at it.’
David Harbour also described the movie saying it’s “weird.”
“It’ll be funny. It’ll be weird. It’ll be action. And then we’re also going to drop a bomb, which is cool,” he said in a previous interview.
Thunderbolts has a July 25, 2025 release date directed by Jake Schreier. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, the new Black Widow; Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier; Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent; Olga Kurilenko as Taskmaster; David Harbour as Red Guardian, and Hannah John-Kamen returns as Ghost, with Harrison Ford also rumored as Red Hulk from Captain America: Brave New World.