Fans keep speculating why Thunderbolts* added an asterisk and what the small title change signifies. Marvel president Kevin Feige addressed the title shift, though Marvel Cinematic Universe enthusiasts must wait for a definitive answer.

Speaking at CinemaCon, Feige confirmed the new Thunderbolts* title and logo while previewing what to expect from the film. However, Feige kept the reason for the title change secret, insisting fans need to watch the MCU movie to see why. “Yes, you’ll notice the asterisk on Thunderbolts. That is the official title of Thunderbolts, and we won’t talk more about that until after the movie comes out,” Feige said.


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Speculation about the Thunderbolts* title change was sparked after Florence Pugh, who reprises her MCU role as Yelena Belova in the film, shared a set photo showcasing a first look at the final Phase Five movie. The video showed the adjusted title on set furniture and Feige’s confirmation makes the change official. Many MCU fans have wondered if the asterisk marks a major spoiler related to the titular antihero team or a critical story arc. However, fans won’t get a firm answer until the movie premieres, but they have their guesses.

On social media, many fans are theorizing that the film’s title is secretly a reference to Dark Avengers. More and more fan reactions to the title are suggesting that the film will be linked to Dark Avengers in a surprise reveal. Dark Avengers is a Marvel comic book series that features supervillains and antiheroes disguising themselves as established superheroes from the Avengers. Notably, the launch of the group includes former Thunderbolts members, leaving fans to think this will be what happens in Thunderbolts*, with the asterisk referring to the group’s new “Dark Avengers” name.


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Thunderbolts* began filming in March and is expected to continue until July, with locations spanning Georgia and New York. Directed by Jake Schreier, Thunderbolts* will see the titular antihero group go on missions for the U.S. government, though little else is known about the movie’s plot. However, reports claim Thunderbolts* will mirror Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s narrative, with the group potentially meeting their demise with the mission they’re tasked with.

The star-studded Thunderbolts* cast features Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), David Harbour (Red Guardian), Olga Kurylenko (Taskmaster), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Valentina Allegra de Fontaine) and Wyatt Russell (John Walker/U.S. Agent). The film will also see Harrison Ford portray Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross, his second MCU appearance after his debut in Captain America: Brave New World. Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick‘s Lewis Pullman is set to portray Sentry in Thunderbolts*, replacing Steven Yeun, who exited the project following scheduling conflicts.

Thunderbolts* swapped release dates with the MCU’s Fantastic Four reboot, with the movie initially due to be released this year before being shifted to next year due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Schreier has teased the film as a “very different” MCU movie.

Thunderbolts* opens in theaters on May 5, 2025.

Source: CinemaCon


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