Marvel fans are speculating about who will be in the Thunderbolts movie

The Punisher, Yelena, and US Agent
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After news broke that Marvel's upcoming Thunderbolts movie has a director, the internet is buzzing with speculation over which characters might form the line-up of the supervillain team. 

Deadline's original report indicates that the likes of Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell's US Agent, Daniel Brühl's Baron Zemo, Olga Kurylenko's Taskmaster, Tim Roth's Abomination, Hannah John-Kamen's Ghost, and Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier could form the line-up – though no one is attached to the project just yet. 

"I don't really know much about the Thunderbolts except the basics to be honest but if it means I get Yelena Belova back I will watch anything" says one person

"What is this Thunderbolts movie????? WE'RE GETTING BUCKY, YELENA, GHOST AND ZEMO ALL IN ONE MOVIE?!?!??!?!" is this excited fan's response

Other people have more characters they'd like to see: "In the Falcon series we see AGENT Carter (SHIELD) went rogue selling government secrets so that would make her part of this crew Val is putting together. Other probable characters Bullseye. More heroes like GHOST (Ant-Man 2) Taskmaster Deadpool Songbird Titania," speculates another person. 

"My favourite MCU plot thread for the last 18 months has been the Thunderbolts teases," is someone else's opinion. "I kept holding out that we'd get a debuting Moonstone or Songbird somewhere, as unlikely as it'd be, but I'll happily take a returning Ghost." 

"Could a Thunderbolts movie introduce the MCU's Norman Osbourne? They'd need a heavy hitter if it's a film. Minor characters won’t work," is this person's thoughts

"With the Thunderbolts movie now official, please, Marvel Studios, I'm beggin' ya: Use this as the opportunity to bring Wilson Bethel back as Bullseye and give us Daredevil fans some payoff to when we last saw him. He (and the character!) deserve a grand return!" says this fan – and considering Charlie Cox made the jump to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home, there's no reason other characters can't join him (like Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin in Hawkeye). 

That's not the only Marvel Netflix character that people would like to see, either: "If the Punisher is not in the Thunderbolts movie....I'm gonna lose it"  

"The cast potential for Thunderbolts is pretty sick. Hell of an opportunity to do something the MCU won't get to do often and make an ensemble film starring characters who aren't that redeemable," thinks this fan

"The Thunderbolts movie definitely should just introduce a bunch of new characters and use one or two that already exist," believes another person

"Hell. Yes. Can fully expect John Walker to be in this. Also of note... Deadpool and Punisher were Thunderbolts," points out someone else

The Thunderbolts movie doesn't have a release date just yet, though the report says the film will be in production next summer. In the meantime, check out our ultimate guide to Marvel Phase 4 for everything else on the way, and catch up on the MCU on Disney Plus

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.