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What Does the Asterisk(*) Mean in Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts*’


Key Takeaways:

– Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) is set to introduce multiple anti-heroes in the upcoming film, ‘Thunderbolts*’.
– Kevin Feige, MCU’s current boss, officially announced the film at CinemaCon 2024.
– Concept art reveals several popular anti-heroes will be part of the team, including Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) and Yelena Belova.
– An asterisk in the movie title has sparked speculation, with Feige teasing an explanation post-release.
– Fan theories suggest a possible role for Spider-Man villain Norman Osborn.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), renowned for its iconic superheroes, is set to shift gears by featuring a team of anti-heroes in its forthcoming film, ‘Thunderbolts*.’ This will mark a major change in approach for MCU, which since its 2008 inception with ‘Iron Man,’ has seldom revisited villains, with characters like Loki and Bucky Barnes being the notable exceptions.

Unveiling ‘Thunderbolts*’

During last week’s CinemaCon 2024, Kevin Feige, the current boss of the MCU, officially unveiled the project. An accompanying concept art, crafted by the esteemed artist Andy Park, painted a captivating picture of what’s to come. It revealed several familiar anti-hero characters joining the ranks of the Thunderbolts. This team includes Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier, Yelena Belova, The Red Guardian, and John Walker, also known as U.S. Agent.

The Mystery of the Asterisk

The asterisk on the film’s title, ‘Thunderbolts*,’ has sparked considerable speculation among Marvel aficionados. Addressing this curiosity at CinemaCon, Feige remained cryptic, stating that further clarification would come after the movie’s release. While the mystery of the asterisk has kept fans guessing, its presence also indicates that Marvel could have an unexpected twist in store.

Reintroduction of Norman Osborn?

Theories are floating around about the possible return of Norman Osborn, the notorious Green Goblin from the Spider-Man franchise. In the comics, Osborn has been a significant part of the ‘Thunderbolts’, where he becomes the leader of this infamous team.

Fans are speculating that Osborn, who was last seen in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ could return in ‘Thunderbolts*’. At the end of the ‘Spider-Man’ film, Osborn just vanished to his home universe with no recollection of his villainous alter ego, indicating the character could very well be alive.

A fan theory circulating on the social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), has even suggested that the asterisk in the movie title could be a sign that the film’s name will change to ‘Dark Avengers’ with Osborn appearing in the film.

More to Come

As fans prepare for the release of ‘Thunderbolts*’ on May 5, 2025, in the US, the MCU has kept them on their toes with a plethora of theories and guesses. As MCU devotees dissect every revelation and hint, it’s clear that the build-up to the film will be as tantalizing as the film itself. The return of iconic anti-heroes, coupled with the potential comeback of Osborn, promises an exciting new direction for Marvel’s cinematic universe.

Regardless of which route the MCU takes, ‘Thunderbolts*’ is set to break new ground in its exploration of anti-hero dynamics and character redemption. With the MCU adept at subverting audience expectations, the film is sure to redefine superhero cinema and present a unique comic book adaptation.

Megan Dianehttps://www.projectcasting.com
Hi, I'm Megan Browne, the Head of Partnerships at Project Casting - a job board for the entertainment industry. As Head of Partnerships, I help businesses find the best talent for their influencer campaigns, photo shoots, and film productions. Creating these partnerships has enabled me to help businesses scale and reach their true potential. I'm excited to continue driving growth by connecting people with projects they're passionate about.



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