The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Are the Thunderbolts coming?

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016 /

The Thunderbolts are rumored to be appearing in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and there’s a good way to bring them into the MCU.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is another Disney Plus series that could be a hit. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are both going to rock their roles as the title characters. We’ve seen them do so in the movies. There’s no reason to believe they won’t do the same thing in a series, especially since there will be more time for them to really get into the story. Recently, a new rumor about the series started circulating. says that we may get the debut of the Thunderbolts in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

CBR said:

"“On his Patreon, Daniel Richtman reports Falcon and the Winter Soldier will introduce the villainous team, which was led by Baron Zemo in the comics. Daniel Brühl will, of course, reprise that role in the upcoming Disney+ series.”"

For those of you who don’t know, Baron Zemo was once the leader of a team called the Thunderbolts. They were villains who were sometimes heroes. Usually, most of the Thunderbolts were saving the world begrudgingly or being forced to. Sometimes they’d have a change of heart and do something because it was the right thing to do. Characters like Songbird, Ant-Man (Eric O’Grady) and Mach V made up the roster. Others like Moonstone (a personal favorite), Mr. X, and others were on the team for selfish reasons. Since Baron Zemo is part of this series, it would be a fun idea to have him form the Thunderbolts, especially now that Sam Wilson will be the one to wield Captain America’s shield.

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Writer Marc Bernadin said, “I think, is the crux of what that show’s going to be.” Bernardin added, “The government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America.” While this is still a rumor, other credible websites like Screen Rant have said the same thing. How does this relate to the Thunderbolts? Simple. The Avengers are gone (for now), so a new superhero team is going to be needed.

Since Falcon and Bucky aren’t going to play ball (because Steve Rogers wouldn’t have), the government will look outwards for a new team of superpowered people. It may seem like they’re doing it to protect the world but, in actuality, it’s because they’re petty. We’ve seen the government do strange things in comics including working with unfavorable people. Unfortunately, it always backfires. Don’t be shocked if Zemo is released from jail to create a team, especially since he put a plan together that split up the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War.

There’s also the chance that Zemo won’t be the leader of the team, at first. It could be General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. He was once the leader of his own team of Thunderbolts. However, instead of villains, his team was full of mercenaries. Changing it so that he’s recruiting criminals isn’t a major change. Ross is the kind of guy who would do anything for the U.S. government, or because he has a grudge. For example, he went as far as to turn himself into Red Hulk to fight the thing he hates the most — the Hulk himself.

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Adding the Thunderbolts to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would be a terrific idea. We would get a new set of antagonists with big powers for the Falcon and Bucky to fight. They’d also be a team that could potentially go head to head with the Avengers in the future. And let’s not forget this Thunderbolts team was also the Dark Avengers. It wouldn’t be a shock if they were announced as the New Avengers just to get under the original Avengers’ skin. However this happens, the Thunderbolts could lead to some big developments in the MCU.

What do you think? Are you up for the Thunderbolts possibly joining The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments below.