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Thunderbolts: Release date, cast, trailers, & everything we know

Updated Jun 14th, 2023 8:08AM EDT
High quality render of the Thunderbolts concept art by Andy Park.
Image: Reddit

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Marvel’s Thunderbolts is one of the most hotly anticipated MCU movies of Phase 5. The crossover movie will be the last entry of MCU’s Phase 5, premiering on December 20th, 2024. Initially, the adventure had a July 26th, 2024, but Marvel delayed the project in mid-June 2023.

The film features an ensemble cast, with various stars from previous MCU adventures returning to their beloved roles. These aren’t all heroes, as the Thunderbolts team will include anti-heroes and former villains that will have to work together for the greater good.

Below, we’ll dive into all of the information about Thunderbolts. That includes the theatrical release, the Disney Plus release date, the trailers, and details about the cast. Moreover, we’ll also include an extensive collection of Thunderbolts leaks.

You won’t find Thunderbolts spoilers throughout most of this article. But you’ll want to avoid our “Leaks and rumors” section to avoid all the leaked story details. While we strive to avoid spoilers in titles, there might be non-spoiler details that you don’t want to know. Don’t worry, though, because we’ll warn you again before we get to that section.

Thunderbolts release date

Marvel initially set the Thunderbolts release date for July 26th, 2024. The date was announced at Comic-Con 2022. But almost a year later, Marvel delayed the film by several months, alongside other MCU Phase 5 and 6 titles. Captain America 4 will now premiere on July 26th.

The movie will hit theaters worldwide on that date, provided Marvel doesn’t decide to delay the release again. Marvel’s MCU movies and Disney Plus shows have seen many delays over the past few months and years, so nothing is set in stone. Especially now that Marvel is looking to improve the quality of the MCU. Not to mention the ongoing writers strike that will continue to impact the calendar.

Thunderbolts Disney Plus release date

All MCU movies will hit theaters before becoming available on Disney’s streaming service. Thunderbolts is no different. The MCU films will hit Disney Plus about 45 days after their theatrical debut.

Considering we’re looking at a Christmas release for this massive crossover, and that Disney changed its Disney Plus strategy after Bob Iger returned to helm the company, we might be looking at a March or April 2025 Disney Plus release for this one.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Image source: Marvel Studios

Thunderbolts cast

Marvel announced the Thunderbolts cast at D23 Expo in September 2022. While Kevin Feige revealed many of the stars who will return to their MCU roles, we anticipate various surprises regarding the Thunderbolts team roster. Here are the MCU characters that are confirmed to appear in the crossover:

  • Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)
  • Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh)
  • Val (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
  • Red Guardian (David Harbour)
  • Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko)
  • US Agent (Wyatt Russell)
  • Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)
  • Steven Yeun (TBD)

Thunderbolts trailers

Marvel should introduce the first Thunderbolts trailer several months before the film’s release. The first teaser might drop even sooner in early 2024, but that’s speculation.

WARNING: We’re going to cover leaks and rumors next, so Thunderbolts spoilers might follow below.

Thunderbolts leaks and rumors

Thunderbolts is coming to the MCU in Phase 5.
Thunderbolts is coming to the MCU in Phase 5. Image source: Marvel Studios

You’ll find below all the exciting Thunderbolts leaks, rumors, and plot details that leaked before the film’s release date. We’ll update this guide regularly so spoilers fans can access all the hot Thunderbolts rumors as they happen.

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Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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