As the small-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow, Jon Bernthal and Gabriel Luna both recently said they would be interested in bringing the Thunderbolts to TV.
A team of villains and anti-heroes seeking redemption, the Thunderbolts' roster has changed plenty of times in the comics, but a potential live-action incarnation could involve the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), Elektra (Elodie Yung), and Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) - especially as Bernthal and Luna are up for the idea.
At Phoenix Comic Con, both Bernthal and Luna were asked about the possibility of a cross-series team up, and the reactions were very positive, according to Omega Underground. Luna was the first to mention the idea in his panel for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., saying that he would "love to do a Thunderbolts series with The Punisher and Elektra on Netflix." Following that panel, Bernthal was told about Luna's interest in a team-up, and asked if he would also be interested in the project. The actor replied that he would be interested in more Frank Castle stories if the script is right.
Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Elektra have all been Thunderbolts in the comics, as have a few other characters who exist in the MCU (such as Hawkeye, who led one incarnation of the team). Another well-known Thunderbolts member is Deadpool, but unless Marvel and 20th Century Fox decided to launch a crossover, Reynold's Deadpool wouldn't be joining this hypothetical on-screen version of the team.
A Thunderbolts series would certainly be an interesting move for the MCU, and a great way to let these characters shine in their own series. It would also be a huge step to integrating the Netflix corner of the MCU with the larger cinematic universe, which has so far been limited to a few verbal remarks only. However, there would also be some potential problems, with various key members of the Thunderbolts not currently owned by Marvel/Disney (Norman Osborne, for instance). In addition, a solo Punisher series is on the way, and it may be a little much to see this character carry two series simultaneously.
Of course, these comments should not be taken as any kind of confirmation that a Thunderbolts series is in the works. Instead, this is just the actors having a little fun talking about what they would like to do given the chance. Still, it makes for something interesting for fans to consider.
The Defenders takes the fight to Netflix on August 18, with The Punisher coming later this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premieres in January 2018 on ABC.
Source: Omega Underground