Marvel Studios’ “Thunderbolts” Eyeing “Top Gun: Maverick” Star Lewis Pullman for Big Role

From the cockpit of Top Gun: Maverick and the laboratories in Lessons in Chemistry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Lewis Pullman is having quite the ride.

The rising star is now Marvel Studios’ top choice to replace Steven Yeun in the role of the antihero Sentry in their upcoming antihero film Thunderbolts. Pullman would be joining a starry cast that includes Florence Pugh, reprising her role as the Black Widow Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan returning to the MCU as Bucky Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus returning to her role of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Wyatt Russell returning as the failed Captain America John Walker, David Harbour returning as Alexei Shostakov/The Red Guardian, Olga Kurylenko returning as Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen reprising her role as Ava Starr/Ghost, and Harrison Ford stepping into the late William Hurt’s role of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The film is being directed by Jake Schreier.

Yeun had been attached to the project since February of 2023, but after delays due to the writers and actors strike last year, the film was pushed a full year to July 25, 2025.

Pullman charmed in Top Gun: Maverick as Lt. Robert “Bob” Floyd, the rare ego-less pilot in the Top Gun program. He recently starred opposite Brie Larson in Lessons in Chemistry, playing fellow chemist Calvin Evans, her love interest. He’s the son of the actor Bill Pullman,

Journalist Daniel Richtman was the first to report that Marvel was circling Pullman for the role. The character Sentry is a relatively recent Marvel addition, created by Paul Jenkins, Jae Lee, and Rick Veitch in 2000. He’s a Superman clone with many of the same abilities, but in the comics, his alter ego, The Void, becoming the kind of Jekyll & Hyde antihero that both Bruce Banner and Wanda Maximoff have been.

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Featured image: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Lewis Pullman attends The BAFTA Tea Party presented by Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for BAFTA)


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