Marvel conquers Comic-Con once again as the MCU revealed huge announcements with a slate of programming that includes its Multiverse Saga that makes up Phases 4,5 and 6, and with two Avengers movies. Check out all the announcements below which includes Captain America: New World Order, Daredevil: Born Again, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: …
The long-rumored Thunderbolts movie is happening at Marvel as the flick has a director attached with Jake Schreier. The film also has the writer of the Black Widow movie, Eric Pearson, penning the script with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige producing. Jake Schreier is known for directing classic Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar music videos, …
Marvel Comics has announced a new Thunderbolts comic book will be released starting in May from writer Jim Zub, with art by Sean Izaakse. “Redeeming Justice … Like Lightning! The All-New Thunderbolts!” states Marvel.com. “Spinning out of DEVIL’S REIGN, Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse introduce a new iteration of the iconic THUNDERBOLTS this May.” Details …
Florence Pugh, who is starring in the upcoming Black Widow movie as Yelena Belova, is currently rumored for a large role in the MCU which includes Hawkeye, Thunderbolts, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. According to YouTuber Grace Randolph, sources have filled her in that Florence Pugh is confirmed for Hawkeye and also The …
A Thunderbolts series starring Daniel Bruhl may be happening on Disney Plus, possibly spinning off of the upcoming The Falcon And The Winter Soldier series. Redditors spotted the Instagram story of Bruhl’s manager, Thorsten Hans, who included an image of the Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo Born Better comic book. The image includes hashtags for Baron Zemo, …
Following the earlier teaser images, Marvel has now unveiled the new team of Thunderbolts, which will be led by the Winter Soldier, and also featuring Moonstone, the Fixer, Atlas, and MACH-V.
Jim Zub will write the new Thunderbolts with Jon Malin on art; the series is said to tie into the upcoming “Avengers Standoff” event which kicks off in April.
“Super villains looking for redemption I think is the ultimate strength and heart of Thunderbolts and sets it apart from everything out there,” argues Malin. “These characters have done very bad things—willingly. No one mind controlled them, they made choices of their own free will and that can never be fully taken back. That motivates me beyond belief to tell this story.”
“We all look for redemption in one form or another, this is universal and that’s the appeal,” he continues. “Also the lesson of be careful who you trust because when you need them the most they might not be the person you thought they were. They may, in fact, be the one putting the knife in your back, willingly and without hesitation.”
“Doing the right thing is different than being ‘good,’” Zub elaborates. “We’ve assembled a potent mix of characters to explore that theme with big drama, big action, and unexpected twists along the way. The new team is stacked with powerful personalities and a mission that’s going to tear them up and get right to their core. I’m excited about putting them in tough spots and letting the sparks fly.”
It looks as if the Thunderbolts will be making their way back to Marvel Comics as a teaser image has been released featuring a similar slogan to the original team by Kurt Busiek.
The teaser reads “Injustice, Like Lighting,” while Busiek’s stated “Justice, Like Lightning.”
Marvel also included the text “From the Ashes Of Avengers: Standoff…” with the image.
The teaser image does seem to feature members of the Thunderbolts with the Fixer and Mach 5 as well as potential new characters.
Update: Marvel has released a second teaser (see below) revealing Moonstone and Mach VII.
Update#2: with third teaser image revealing Atlas and Fixer.
The Television Critics Association press tour is taking place today where earlier saw mention that every six months new Marvel episodes will be coming to Netflix.
Now we get an update on Jon Bernthal’s Punisher from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos who mentioned that it’s possible the Punisher could get a spinoff.
“It is possible for sure,” Sarandos offered. “That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe.”
Sarandos continued with mention that it’s actually possible for any of the characters to be featured in the Marvel movies as well.
“Any of them could spin out into films, too,” Sarandos added.
In related news, a rumor has hit the net that Marvel is developing a Thunderbolts Netflix series.
The Hashtag Show YouTube channel states a source has filled them in that the Netflix Thunderbolts series is being developed.
Check out their video (note: Red Hulk is only speculated for Captain America: Civil War):
Below you can check out the recap of the MARVEL: Amazing X-Men & The Marvel Universe from the NYCC.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
MARVEL: Amazing X-Men & The Marvel Universe
X-fans cannot skip this panel! Hear about the future of the X-Universe, straight from editors and creators working on current (and future!) X- titles. Have questions about X-Men Battle of the Atom? Curious what mutantkind will look like following the crossover? Get a special look at AMAZING X-MEN, the brand new title that will resurrect a favorite mutant from years past! Plus, exciting All-New Marvel NOW news for the X-Universe and beyond! Panel will feature Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Peter David (X-FACTOR), Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL), Dennis Hopeless (CABLE AND X-FORCE), Marjorie Liu (ASTONISHING X-MEN), Charles Soule (THUNDERBOLTS), Simon Spurrier (X-MEN LEGACY), Brian Wood (X-MEN) and more! 11:00 a.m. EDT Room 1E
The major problem with the issue is the same as with Thunderbolts #14, and that is it’s not an Infinity tie-in, but another Marvel cash grab in an attempt to boost sales through an event gimmick. While this issue wasn’t as lacking in Infinity content as TBolts #14 — which had none — three-fourths of #15 is spent with the characters bickering amongst themselves, which I don’t find that entertaining. The Thunderbolts don’t even get into the thick of things this issue, which means readers will have to cough up almost ten bucks to get the Infinity action they first purchased the book for when Thunderbolts #16 becomes available. Ridiculous.
The art is the type where fans are going to love it or hate it. Now Soule’s dialogue isn’t bad as he has a good grasp on the characters, which Palo’s art is perfect for, as Thunderbolts isn’t a serious attempt on much of anything; actually, it reads more as if it’s a parody. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when the main Infinity event issues and related Avengers tie-ins are filled with a dark and gritty storyline with realistic art, reading Thunderbolts is quite the shock. Again, that is what Marvel may be looking for with the series, but it’s not what I am.
Wait for the next issue if you really want the Infinity tie-in.
Thunderbolts #14 is a tie-in to the Avengers Infinity event, and it’s a cheap one in that.
I don’t mean the price, because the issue isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, but it has one or two pages at the end of the issue that “somehow” make it part of Infinity.
Basically the entire issue is a lot of exposition and useless dialogue with the Thunderbolts deciding what mission to do next – which has absolutely nothing to do with Infinity except for The Punisher telling the team that the Avengers are now off-world in the aforementioned two pages at the end.
I don’t even know where to begin with the art, but it’s definitely the type where you are either going to love it or hate it. Obviously, I am with the latter as I actually think Thunderbolts might be a parody of the previous squad as well as the Marvel U. in general. My personal opinion is the art style is the wrong choice for such a book and completely wrong for Marvel.
Thunderbolts #14 brings up recollection of publishers attempting to cash in on the latest fad event, and that is exactly what is going on with this issue.
This one can be skipped entirely, so don’t waste your time and money.
Wth James Gunn currently busy putting together the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in London, what could be next for the director?
How about movies for Hit-Monkey, Thunderbolts or the Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely Vertigo comic, We3?
James Gunn answers fan questions over at his Form Spring account with one being: If you could write/direct any other property of film, comic, book, tv show, etc, what would you chose?
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:10117:]]”We3, Hit Monkey, and Thunderbolts,” Gunn replied.
We3 centers around three animals, a dog, cat and rabbit, who are kidnapped and encased in robot armor.
Hit-Monkey, from Marvel Comics, as the name suggests is a trained assassin, but with a catch: He assassinates assassins.
There have been a bunch of different versions of the Thunderbolts, with the original being a group of villains pretending to be a superhero team.
We see two out of the three movies mentioned feature animals, of which Gunn is currently tackling with Rocket Raccoon. It’s quite possible if Gunn succeeds with Rocket on the big screen that it could lead to other similar themed movies. The director previously described Rocket Raccoon as the heart of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, so it would seem Gunn does have an affinity for furry creatures.
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has an August 1, 2014 release directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer and Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Lee Pace as Ronan, Djimon Hounsu as Korath the Pursuer, with John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey and Glen Close as Nova Prime.
Also rumored for the movie are Ophelia Lovibond and Enzo Cilenti.
For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.
Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.
Hasbro has announced that exclusive to this Summer’s San Diego Comic-Con will be a set of Marvel Legends Thunderbolts action figures based on the art of Kev Walker.
The Hasbro Thunderbolts figures will consist of Judith Chambers, Ghost, Crossbones, Luke Cage and Moonstone.
The set will be sold for $89.99 for the 6-inch figures.
(via USA Today)
Writer Charles Soule begins a new gig in June chronicling the adventures of the Red Lanterns. Two months later, the scribe begins his first Marvel assignment by recording the derring-do of the Thunderbolts … just as this summer’s Infinity event hits!
To find out his plans for Ross & Co., Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer sat down with Soule and exclusively dissected the writer’s plans for these heroes gone wrong (or is that villains gone right?).
Cosmic Book News: You just began writing Red Lanterns which takes place in outer space and now you are arriving just in time to take the Thunderbolts into Infinity, Marvel’s summer blockbuster! What role will these anti-heroes play in the event?
Charles Soule: The Tbolts happen to be in the midst of a mission in New York City when the Infinity event comes down on the Big Apple like a ton of bricks. They need to navigate the crazy happenings in the city while still trying to complete their mission — more on that below. It’s been really fun to write this team going up against a cosmic threat. They’re all pretty much street-level characters, and throwing them up against aliens (spoiler: there are aliens) and other strange beasties is undeniably cool.
Charles Soule: The current Thunderbolts team doesn’t have a direct association with the prior versions, but it has a lot of thematic similarities. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (get it?) aka Red Hulk is the leader. The rest of the team includes Punisher, Elektra, Deadpool, Venom, and a crimsonized version of Sam Sterns known as Red Leader. A cool Hulk villain from the ‘90s named Mercy is floating around as well, although her role on the team has been left a bit purposely vague. You’ll learn much more about what Mercy’s up to in Issue #13, the second issue of my run.
There are two sides to the team’s mission: first, Thunderbolt Ross brought them all together so they could help him clean up messes from his past decades hunting the Hulk. There are a bunch of old weapons programs, gamma-infused creatures and so on that he had a direct hand in creating that he wants to deal with. Now, you’re probably wondering why the Punisher, or any of the others, would care even a tiny bit about Ross’ problems. You’d be right. But Issue #14 will address this directly. It seems that Ross got all of these people who don’t play well with others to join the team by making them all the same promise: “Do a few gamma-related missions for me, and then the team will undertake a mission for you. Anything you want, no questions asked.” The team will take turns, basically drawing names out of a hat. Since each member has something they can’t handle on their own, they see it as a good deal. The Punisher’s mission is the first one picked, and that’s why they head to NYC.
Charles Soule: That would be telling! I will say that the actions Thanos takes during the Infinity event, and the repercussions that spill out from them, will have a direct, permanent effect on the ‘Bolts.
Charles Soule: I have to say, I love writing Punisher and Elektra. I like them all, but I’m having a blast with those two. You can go really dark with them, but somehow they’re still accessible. I do have some plans for new members, including one character I’ve wanted to write since I was about nine, but that won’t happen for a little bit yet. Here’s a hint: the letters E and H are in the character’s name and a prominent part of their backstory. (Yes, I realize that’s a terrible hint.)
Charles Soule: Certainly. My pleasure. (laughs) Thunderbolt Ross dies on page seven of Issue #14. Elektra takes a spike to the eye in Issue #15. Punisher gets eaten by this alien dragon thing on the last page of #16. Venom and Deadpool kill each other in a suicide pact in #17. Mercy and Red Leader get married in #18 (I didn’t want to kill off the entire cast.) That’ll be really cool. The Maestro will be the officiant. (laughs)
No, I’m not going to tell you if anyone dies in the Infinity arc! Or gets married! (laughs)
Charles Soule: First of all, he really doesn’t want you to call him “The General.” Ross (at this point) feels like he’s lost his way. He let his hatred of the Hulk bring him to do some fairly terrible things, and he’s doing what he can to atone for those actions. And of course, he’s become the thing he hates the most: a gamma-irradiated freak. The neat thing about the “rotating missions” concept is that Ross has to give up control of the team from time to time, and giving up control isn’t something he’s particularly fond of. He’ll work out his frustrations by smashing a whole bunch of stuff, though.
Charles Soule: Red Leader has a LOT going on, which you’ll see pretty early on in the Infinity arc. I like writing super-geniuses, and even though poor Sam Sterns has been through a lot (including getting a bullet to the dome courtesy of Frank Castle), he’s still one of the sharpest guys in the entire Marvel U.I want to keep him ambiguous for a while yet, but you’ll get a lot of clues as to what he’s up to in the next bunch of issues.
Charles Soule: I want to get the current team through the first few adventures before I start spinning older continuity into the setup, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. If nothing else, it will give me a chance to read those stories again. Any excuse to dig into the back issues is fine by me!
Charles Soule: It’s just a blast, as you might expect. I love playing in the Marvel sandbox, especially with this particular set of characters. It’s a great fit for my particular sensibilities, and I have a lot of ideas for where I can take the team. I hope my run goes on for a good, long time — so buy the book!
Charles Soule: 2013 is the busiest year in comics I’ve ever had. Beyond Thunderbolts, I’m writing Swamp Thing and Red Lanterns for DC Comics. I also have a beautiful hardcover OGN that was just released by Archaia called Strange Attractors, about two genius mathematicians who turn New York City into an engine using high-level applications of the Butterfly Effect. I have another ongoing creator-owned sci-fi series for Oni called Letter 44 that will start in October. It’s pretty amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it, but it’s definitely keeping me on my toes! If you want to keep up with my upcoming projects, the best way is probably to follow me on Twitter @charlessoule, friend me on Facebook or check out my site/blog. If you think you might like to read Strange Attractors, you can pick it up at your local comic shop, via Amazon or digitally for ipad and so on from Comixology. Thanks for reading!
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Charles Soule for taking the time to answer our questions. We would also like to thank Marvel’s own Arune Singh and James Viscardi who helped make this interview possible.
“Thunderbolts” #12, Soule’s first issue, hits shelves in July!
The previous Marvel Now! teaser that featured the word “Lightning” has been revealed to be the new Thunderbolts.
Daniel Way and Steve Dillon will be the new creative team behind the likes of Punisher, Elektra, Venom, Deadpool â€” and led by Red Hulk General “Thunderbolt” Ross.
Different than previous versions of the Thunderbolts, this team will not be affiliated with any government program, but will be the Red Hulk’s to do as he sees fit.
The new Marvel Now! Thunderbolts #1 hits in December.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1666:]]Forget Norman Osborn. Luke Cage is the man here.
Indeed, when the long-time Marvel Comics title Thunderbolts morphs next month into Dark Avengers with issue #175, two concepts of villainous groups trying to do good (well â€¦) will become one.
The storylines and characters of the extant Thunderbolts will continue on, but added to the mix will be characters from the teams of Dark Avengers past, Osbornâ€™s Dark Avengers.
How this affects the book and Cageâ€™s team of villains is anybodyâ€™s guess. Especially that of current (and continuing) creative team, writer Jeff Parker and artists Declan Shalvey and Kev Walker.
In an interview with
â€œThe neat thing about Sharzhad is that it really seems to have its own rules and, like Mordor, you can’t simply walk into it,â€ Parker said. â€œSultan Magus is a very powerful figure who doesn’t want you there.
â€œLuke Cage is ready to take a break from his duties and has been given the perfect point to opt out — but chooses the opposite. He knows something wrong is going down and he does not like being manipulated.
â€œIf you read â€˜Hulk of Arabia,â€™ you’ll know, basically, what they’re up against, but Magus has now had more time to further assimilate the alien tech that powers his country, and is now more ready to deal with powerful opponents like the Dark Avengers.â€
And what of one of the T-Boltâ€™s/Dark Avengersâ€™ most enigmatic members, the Man-Thing?
â€œWe’ve just started getting pages with Man-Thing’s return, and Kev Walker has pulled off another hat trick,â€ Parker said. â€œWithout really changing his appearance, Kev has found a new way to show how Man-Thing interacts with the world. It’s really cool.
â€œWe’re tired of our swamp guy taking a back seat to DC’s! This is the year Man-Thing breaks out!â€
Look for Dark Avengers #175 in June!