Though nothing has been confirmed, it is widely assumed that the Sentry will be the “Superman-level” menace the Thunderbolts must overcome in the next Marvel Studios film, giving us a clearer sense of how the super-strong character will play a part in the narrative.
Sentry will serve as the primary “physical enemy,” according to insider @CanWeGetToast, but Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine will actually be the one in control of him (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
Val is anticipated to assemble the titular team, but from what we can tell, she will ultimately be exposed as the true bad guy. Given what we saw of her cunning tactics in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
It’s been said that Val would have a hand in the “birth” of Sentry (in the comics, Sentry is a meth addict called Robert Reynolds with the power of a million bursting suns), and we’d venture to say that she’ll try to utilise him to protect Wakanda’s Vibranium supplies. It is unclear how the Thunderbolts themselves tie in, although there is a potential that Val would use them as scapegoats or as a means of keeping her cover.
Regarding possible casting, Ryan Gosling is still the subject of some online rumours (although we’ve heard they’re looking for someone a little younger), and Alexander Ludwig (Vikings, Heels) has also been mentioned.It’s wise to wait till we hear anything official before placing too much stock in this story, as with every rumour.
Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster make up the Thunderbolts lineup at the moment, though more roles might very well be added (Olga Kurylenko). In lieu of the deceased William Hurt, Harrison Ford will play Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who may end up changing into the Red Hulk. The film will be directed by Jake Schreier (Robot and Frank, Dave), while Black Widow screenwriter Eric Pearson will write the script.