Whereas the Thunderbolts lineup has been revealed, extra antiheroes and villains may present their faces, which might assist to arrange future MCU initiatives.
Not a lot is understood about Marvel Studios’ upcoming Thunderbolts venture, however the much-anticipated crossover occasion might broaden the MCU and introduce viewers to Canada’s premier group of superheroes. In September 2022, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed the lineup for the MCU’s first Thunderbolts group, together with the likes of Yelena Belova, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker, amongst others, introduced collectively by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Nevertheless, these may not be the one characters returning in Thunderbolts after their appearances in earlier MCU initiatives, and one potential inclusion within the upcoming movie might open the door for future MCU initiatives.
She-Hulk: Lawyer at Legislation featured many appearances from extra obscure Marvel Comics characters, together with the Wrecking Crew in episode 3, “The Folks vs. Emil Blonsky,” an odd group of villains who try to assault Jennifer Walters utilizing stolen Asgardian instruments. Within the comics, the Wrecking Crew debuted throughout 1974’s The Defenders #17, put collectively in jail by founding members the Wrecker and Thunderball and have battled groups together with the Avengers, the Unbelievable 4, and the X-Males. The group’s MCU debut in She-Hulk could possibly be teasing a number of storylines that includes the Wrecking Crew within the MCU.
How The Wrecking Crew Can Tie Into Thunderbolts And Alpha Flight
Throughout 2006’s Civil Warfare storyline, an epic crossover occasion in Marvel Comics, the Wrecking Crew is pressured to affix the Thunderbolts or danger an elongated jail sentence. Not becoming in with the group, nevertheless, the Wrecking Crew escapes their new task and flees to Canada to keep away from the laws of the Superhuman Registration Act, re-imagined because the Sokovia Accords within the MCU. Regardless of fleeing to keep away from being observed, the Wrecking Crew did not precisely maintain their heads low in Canada, killing everybody in a bar due to an annoying cellphone ringtone, which will get the group on the radar of the Canadian superhero group, Alpha Flight.
Alpha Flight is a group of elite superheroes, together with mutants, put collectively by the Canadian authorities’s Division H, a department that screens all superhuman exercise within the nation. If Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts reveals Valentina making an attempt to recruit the Wrecking Crew into her inaugural Thunderbolts group, the venture might additionally see the 4 members escape to Canada, doubtlessly organising a future battle towards the MCU’s Alpha Flight. Maybe Alpha Flight’s introduction into the MCU could possibly be the primary trace of a mutant team-up earlier than the MCU’s official X-Males group debuts, and the Wrecking Crew’s look in Thunderbolts might kick-start all of it.
Why The MCU Thunderbolts Could Keep away from Recruiting Villains
The present lineup for the MCU’s Thunderbolts options antiheroes, or reformed villains, from a number of earlier Marvel Studios’ initiatives, however not one of the members are out-and-out villains. This means that Valentina, and by extension, the CIA, may not wish to carry villainous characters into the Thunderbolts group. This could possibly be to keep away from the Thunderbolts feeling too just like DC’s Suicide Squad, which options villains teaming as much as truly do some good, nevertheless it might additionally simply be in order to not alienate the group an excessive amount of within the public consciousness of the MCU.
Although this may occasionally imply that the Wrecking Crew may not seem in Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts, there may be nonetheless the chance for them to be approached by Valentina, which might maybe set them on the highway to their battle towards Alpha Flight. The Wrecking Crew being included additional within the MCU would additionally add weight to their earlier look in She-Hulk: Lawyer at Legislation, which was shortly solid off as a joke. By together with extra characters than the introduced lineup, Thunderbolts might assist the MCU to broaden a lot additional.