Marvel’s “Thunderbolts” Gets Boost With Addition of “The Bear” Star Ayo Edebiri
Marvel Studios just added an ace actor to their ever-expanding universe. Ayo Edebiri, who broke out with her fantastic performance in Hulu’s critically acclaimed The Bear, is now entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one of the biggest and most mysterious of their upcoming films.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Edebiri will join Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, and more in Thunderbolts, which is centered on a team of antiheroes and otherwise less-than-noble Marvel characters as they’re tasked with facing down a grave threat. The cast includes Pugh as Yelena Belova, Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, David Harbour as the Red Guardian, Wyatt Russell as the disgraced former Captain America, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Old Kurylenko as Task Master, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. The film will be directed by Jake Schreier from a script by Black Widow and Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson.
Thunderbolts could be considered a Marvel version of The Suicide Squad. In the latter, some of the most offbeat and bizarre DC antiheroes teamed up at the behest of the United States government to save the world. In Marvel’s version, as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige joked at D23 in 2022 when the film was introduced, the team must be pretty rough around the edges when “beloved Winter Soldier is the most stable among them.” Why they’re teaming up and what they’re up against is still a state secret. Thunderbolts will be the final film in Phase 5 and is due in theaters on July 26, 2024.
Edebiri is a great addition to any cast. She was phenomenal as Sydney Adamu in The Bear, working in a surprisingly chaotic and hard-charging Chicago sandwich shop. It’s not known what role she’ll play in Thunderbolts, but we’ll let you know when we do.
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Featured image: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Ayo Edebiri attends the AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)