The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri Joins The MCU In Thunderbolts

Edebiri is slated to appear alongside a who’s-who of recent Marvel characters. The ever-so-mysterious Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) will be heading up a team consisting of Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (David Harbour), Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Ava Starr/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), and John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell). Eric Pearson wrote the script for the film, while Jake Schreier is slated to direct it.

After years of fan speculation, the film was officially revealed during 2022’s D23 event. Speaking later that year, Harbour seemed to lovingly call the team a bunch of losers brought together for an impossible assignment. “We’re the losers,” the actor told ComicBook. “There’s also a lot of pathos in that. There’s a lot of drama in a bunch of people who just keep getting their lives wrong and — because of character flaws — keep messing things up.”

It’s unlikely that Edebiri will be playing one of these losers, no matter how likable they eventually will be. Perhaps she will play an ally or second-in-command to de Fontaine, or maybe, she’s the undisclosed villain that the Thunderbolts need to take down. Either way, we’re stoked to see Edebiri get a role like this, and we certainly hope that it’s a substantial one.

“Thunderbolts,” well, bolts into theaters on July 26, 2024.

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