Out of the kitchen and into the MCU: “The Bear” breakout star Ayo Edebiri has joined Marvel Studios’ anti-hero team-up feature “Thunderbolts” in an undisclosed role, Variety reports.
Jake Schreier (“Paper Towns,” “Robot and Frank”) is directing from a script by Eric Pearson (“Black Widow”). As is the case with every Marvel Studios production, Kevin Feige is producing.
Feige announced “Thunderbolts” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2022, as the climax of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which starts in February with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”). It is currently set to premiere on July 26, 2024.
“Thunderbolts” will bring together several anti-heroes across the MCU, including from “Black Widow,” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko); from “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and John Walker (Wyatt Russell); and from “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine — who’s appeared in “Falcon and Winter Soldier,” “Black Widow” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” — will lead the team.
Really feels like the Z-team. But then there’s Harrison Ford, who is set to play the film’s namesake, Thunderbolt Ross, taking over the role from the late William Hurt, who coincidentally was younger than Ford.