James Gunn explained why he is no longer interested in directing a Thunderbolts movie for Marvel.
The writer/director of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies and the upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad previously expressed interest in bringing a movie centered on the villain team known as the Thunderbolts to life. The team is often described as Marvel Comics’ own take on the Suicide Squad.
James Gunn, who is currently shooting the upcoming Peacemaker spinoff series for HBO Max, had another Instagram story Q&A with his followers. One follower asked him about his interest in directing a Thunderbolts movie for Marvel Studios after he completes his work on the long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. You can read James Gunn’s response down below:
As mentioned above, Marvel’s Thunderbolts are a team of supervillains led by Baron Zemo. Although they originally started out with villainous intentions, the Thunderbolts eventually reformed and became a genuine group of superheroes, albeit with a rogue streak. Given that the team is often compared to the Suicide Squad, it’s no surprise that James Gunn seems to have had that desire to write/direct such a film fulfilled with this new DCEU project.
James Gunn remains one of the busiest people in superhero movie filmmaking. He just completed work on The Suicide Squad and is currently shooting episodes for the Peacemaker series starring John Cena. He will then return to Marvel Studios to film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special, the latter of which will stream exclusively on Disney+.
Here is the synopsis for James Gunn’s new film, The Suicide Squad:
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker.
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