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Thunderbolts is a 2014 film written and directed

  • Directed by: Joe Carnahan
  • Produced by: Kevin Fiege
  • Screenplay by: Joe Carnahan
    • Story by:
  • Composer: John Debney
  • Based on: Thunderbolts by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley

Release Date May 23, 2014

  • Running Time 120 Minutes

Plot

Imprisioned villains want a second chance at the superprison called The Raft. A government sponsored program, named the Thunderbolts Project, grants that wish. When Erik Josten (John Cena) is selected to be the leader of this team, he chooses who to put on the team. He chooses hi-tech spy Ghost (Bill Hader), Moonstone (Amber Heard), Songbird (Odette Annable), and fellow mercenary 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.

Cast

  • John Cena 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.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Colenal Nick Fury
  • Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce
  • Jenny Agutter as Pamela Hawley
  • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill

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 cameos as a pair of Raft correctional officers. 

Production

Reception 

Thunderbolts recieved positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a score of 78%, reading "Thunderbolts gives audiences another well-crafted addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe."