The top-secret Thunderbolts film from Marvel Studios appears to be gaining traction, with Deadline reporting that Jake Schreier is poised to direct the upcoming Marvel tentpole.
The script is being written by Black Widow author Eric Pearson, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige producing.
The narrative of the film is unknown, save that it revolves around a bunch of supervillains (or at least characters that have played bad guys at some time in the MCU) who go on missions for the government.
Another unknown is which characters will be part of this squad, as the film is still in production, however insiders indicate Marvel has been in contact with certain individuals who are already part of the MCU to ensure they have an opening in their schedules for next summer when it shoots.
However, among the characters that might potentially star or appear are Baron Zemo, Yelena Belova, Ghost, Taskmaster, The Abomination, US Agent, and Winter Soldier.
General Thaddues ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross is also a possibility since he is the person in the comics who assembles the first team (hence the name) but again that is unconfirmed as no deal for any actor has closed.
While the town has been buzzing about The Fantastic Four directing search, which has only begun meeting potential candidates, the studio has been quietly focused on Thunderbolts ODA and according to insiders, Schreier presentation in recent weeks blew away execs and ultimately landing him the job.