Directed by: Joe Carnahan

Screenplay by: Simon West and Joe Carnahan

Composer: John Debney

Based on: Thunderbolts by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley


  • Frank Grillo
  • Bill Hader
  • Amber Heard
  • Odette Annable
  • Jason Statham
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Liam Neeson

Release Date May 23, 2014

Running Time 120 Minutes


Imprisioned villains want a second chance at the superprison called The Raft. This government sponsored program, named the Thunderbolts Project, grants that wish. When Erik Josten (Frank Grillo) is selected to be the leader of this team, he chooses who to put on the team. He chooses Ghost (Bill Hader), Moonstone (Amber Heard), Songbird (Odette Annable), and Crossbones (Jason Statham). However, there's one problem: no one is especially comitted to this rag-tag team of villains. All of them are only in it to escape jail time. But when a mission to extract a rebel group goes horribly wrong, the team bands together to work through it.


  • Frank Grillo as Power Man/Erik Josten - The leader of the Thunderbolts, a mercenary.
  • Bill Hader as Ghost - A corporate sabotager/spy, Ghost is selected for his superior tech knowledge and stealth abilities.
  • Amber Heard as Moonstone/Karla Sofen - A gangster with superpowers, and the team's muscle.
  • Odette Annable as Songbird/Melissa Gold - The youngest and most heroic member of the Thunderbolts, her powers involve sound manipulation.
  • Jason Statham as Crossbones/Brock Rumlow - Perhaps the evilest member, Crossbones is the primary antagonist. During their mission, Crossbones betrays the team when he obtains heat blast powers from the Terrigen Mists.
  • Joe Edgerton as MACH-V/Abner Jenkins - A former villain known as Beetle, Jenkins developed a new suit to become a hero, and is brought in to moderate the Thunderbolts on the mission.
  • Liam Neeson as Lt. - The mastermind behind the Thunderbolts project.

Stan Lee has an extended cameo as a U.S Senator with the surname of Stanley. Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, the original creators of the Thunderbolts, have uncredited cameos as a pair of Raft correctional officers. 



Thunderbolts recieved positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a score of 78%, reading "With action and quips hearkening back to 80's action movies galore and a suprisingly emotional script, Thunderbolts is another well-crafted addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe."