Thunderbolts is set to go on floors in a couple of months which means the studio has very little time to find their Sentry.
The chaos caused by one exit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is massive. The rumor mill has already started working overtime, with speculation about why Steven Yeun left and even new contenders ready. Yes, we are talking about Steven Yeun exiting from Thunderbolts, where he was cast to play Sentry, the anti-hero or, should we say, the villain. The buzz around this news was so intense that even those once unaware of Yeun’s impact were suddenly introduced to his work. However, the names that followed his exit to replace him are very interesting too, with Austin Abrams now probably the front-runner.
Who Is Replacing Steven Yeun As Sentry?
If the latest scoop by the scoopers Daniel Richtman and rDCUleaks (both active on X, formerly called Twitter) is to go by, the studio is wasting no time in finding their Thunderbolt villain. The film, if you go by past developments, has been in the pre-production phase for a very long time now, and any more delay will only mean that the wait will be extended. At this point, it is not affordable for the studio that is already busy chalking out a new bulletproof plan.
So now Daniel says that the studio, after Steven Yeun’s exit, offered the role of Sentry in Thunderbolts to Dev Patel. But the Lion actor might have found nothing that suits his taste for his next role, and he rejected the offer. The studio then went to Euphoria fame Austin Abrams, and if the reports are to be believed, they are now in active talks for the same. The scooper on his X profile wrote, “In collaboration with @rDCUleaks, I can report Austin Abrams (Euphoria) has the current offer for Sentry in Thunderbolts."
Austin Abrams, known for his time in Euphoria alongside Zendaya, and the widely popular show The Walking Dead, has other interesting projects in his kitty too. He also had a part in the widely popular drama This Is Us. The actor has also achieved appreciation for his work and performance. Now that he is the latest choice to play Sentry, it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table. However, there is still no confirmation of this, which means we should be taking it with a pinch of salt.
Do You Know Sentry Isn’t Yet Announced?
Yes, the studio has never put a name to the Thunderbolts villain in any of their announcements, promotional material, or creatives. While it was also one of the rumors amongst many that Sentry is the main villain of Thunderbolts and Steven Yeun, who was confirmed as a cast member, was cast to play the same, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman in an interview as per Comic Book Movie ended up giving details about the same in 2023.
“Yeah, he called me, he went in for a costume fitting. I hope I’m not… I don’t think this is a spoiler or anything that will get anybody in trouble. I don’t know, maybe. We’ll see. I don’t care. I don’t work for Marvel. What are they going to do to me? He called me and he said, 'I just came back from a costume fitting for the Sentry. I guess I only do superheroes that are yellow and blue.' He said he was at the costume fitting and was like, 'Aww, crap. I forgot Invincible was yellow and blue,’” he said.
Thunderbolts Production & Release Date:
Thunderbolts, starring an ensemble led by Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Sebastian Stan, and Wyatt Russell also stand behind her. The movie is set to go on floors in March of 2024, which means the studio has a very little window to lock a Sentry if they want to stick to the pre-decided date.
The characters included in the main gang of Thunderbolts are Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko).
Thunderbolts is set to hit the big screen on July 25, 2025. Stay tuned to OTTplay for more on this and everything else from the world of streaming and films.