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The Thunderbolts could have their own Disney Plus series, one that might have ties with the Daredevil reboot, and will spin off The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Writer Kurt Busiek created the Thunderbolts for The Incredible Hulk No. 449 in 1997. The Thunderbolts is a group of reformed supervillains. Jeph Loeb tried developing them as an ABC show when he was in charge of Marvel TV.
However, the Thunderbolts never went that far. ABC probably wasn’t keen on a series starring costumed bad guys. Another Marvel series that Loeb was pitching at the time, Cloak & Dagger, ended up on another Disney property, Freeform.
The Thunderbolts was kicked to the curb of television even though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige saw commercial and creative potential with the characters. But the MCU doesn’t produce villain movies. I don’t know if that’s a Disney rule or simply Feige’s philosophy.
Nevertheless, when Disney Plus was launched, Feige saw an opportunity for the Thunderbolts. They occupy a space in the MCU which has been vacant: Marvel Studios’ own Suicide Squad.
When Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) was announced for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney Plus, speculation flew that the Thunderbolts were coming.
The Thunderbolts will spin off from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a Disney Plus show. Zemo is expected to be among its team of outlaws alongside Thunderbolt Ross as the Red Hulk (William Hurt); Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen); and Taskmaster.
The Thunderbolts introduced themselves as superheroes in the comic books. They were then revealed as villains in one of comic’s most startling twists.
I heard that the line-up for the Thunderbolts will shift but potential members include Paladin.
The Thunderbolts Will Spin Off from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Paladin is a mercenary perhaps best known for his clashes with Daredevil. Furthermore, Paladin is discussed to appear on the new Daredevil series with Charlie Cox.
I recently revealed that Feige is interested in having Spider-Man foe Norman Osborn lead the Thunderbolts; however, rights issues would have to be coordinated with Sony.