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There's a mystery surrounding Marvel's rumored untitled TV show, which I have talked about in a recent article, but a fan favorite seems to be bringing the Thunderbolts to life! With Baron Zemo and Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross set to appear in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, is it possible that we could see just that?

Now in order for this to happen on the small screen, it would have to be a different founding team than the comics (at least slightly), so this episode of You Cast the Villain is specifically for choosing who those character should be. We'll then go and cast those chosen character one at a time.

What began as Baron Zemo's plan for world domination became a superhero team comprised of super-villains seeking redemption only to be later reshuffled to act as Norman Osborn's personal hit squad before finally becoming a Government-sponsored prison reform project. Following the dissolution of the Thunderbolts, General Ross' briefly formed an anti-terror vigilante group of the same name which eventually fell apart as well. Considering the different iterations of the Thunderbolts, there are already a good number of characters in the MCU that could potentially be involved, but for the purpose of this, we'll only cast new characters. But while were on the topic, let's look at who all is in the MCU that could potentially show up:

Baron Zemo

Daniel Bruhl has been cast as Baron Zemo
Daniel Bruhl has been cast as Baron Zemo


Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye


Dylan Minnette as Blizzard
Dylan Minnette as Blizzard

Black Widow

Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow
Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow

Luke Cage

Mike Colter as Luke Cage
Mike Colter as Luke Cage


Frank Grillo as Crossbones
Frank Grillo as Crossbones

Mister Hyde

Kyle MacLachlan as Mister Hyde
Kyle MacLachlan as Mister Hyde


Elodie Yung cast as Elektra
Elodie Yung cast as Elektra

The Punisher

Jon Bernthal cast as The Punisher
Jon Bernthal cast as The Punisher

Red Hulk

William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross


Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns
Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns

That's a lot of potential crossover already! Now let's look at the rest of the members that could show up:

Mach I-V
Black Heath
Cobalt Man
Speed Demon
Green Goblin
Ant-man (Eric O'Grady)
Mister X
Trick Shot
Dark Spider-man
Toxie Doxie
Agent Venom
Ghost Rider

This would obviously not be the roster for the show... this is just the list of people that have appeared in every incarnation of the Thunderbolts. So, here is...

My top list of who should be in the Thunderbolts!


When Baron Zemo formed a group of villains to masquerade as heroes, Moonstone (Karla Sofen) was broken out of the Vault and she reluctantly returned to villainy as Meteorite, a member of the Thunderbolts.

Upon encountering a young victim of Arnim Zola's genetic manipulations, a youngster by the name of Jolt, Meteorite nudged Zemo into accepting her in the team. She soon became a mother figure to Jolt and used the enthusiasm to create a power-base inside the team, rallying the others behind her. Zemo exposed the true nature of the team, but Moonstone opposed Zemo, followed by MACH-1, Songbird and Jolt. Zemo had brainwashed the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, but the small team of Thunderbolts, with the help of Iron Man, was able to defeat Zemo and Techno.

Moonstone has been confirmed as a member of the new Thunderbolts team, formed in the aftermath of Siege.

Luke Cage visits the women's section of the Vault, where he recruits Moonstone to once again become a member of the Thunderbolts. Moonstone claims that "It is about time" someone came by to recruit her for the Thunderbolts, and that her "costume should be pressed".

Moonstone can fly, become intangible, create laser bursts from her hands, and emit blinding light flashes.

Thankfully, I've already had the foresight to include Moonstone in a previous You Cast the Villain and you cast Amber Heard.

Could Amber Heard be the MCU's Moonstone?
Could Amber Heard be the MCU's Moonstone?


Beginning her vileness career as Screaming Mimi, Melissa Gold took on the name Songbird as when she became a member of the Thunderbolts (under Baron Zemo's leadership) and has been a member in nearly every iteration, even acting as second-in-command under Hawkeye's leadership.

Melissa's physical strength was slightly enhanced by treatments from the Power Broker, but this has since faded. Before she burned out her original sonic powers, Melissa's cybernetically enhanced vocal cords could produce super-sonic screams causing effects such as disorientation, hallucinations or unconsciousness. She can still produce inaudible ultrasonic waves with which she can subtly influence the emotions and conduct of people around her. Her other current vocal powers only function in concert with her high-tech harness.


Paul Norbert Ebersol was a child prodigy, much like Tony Stark; however, seeking more of a challenge to everyday life, he turned to the planning and execution of technologically assisted crimes.With connection to Hydra, Deathlok, and the Masters of Evil, he was a natural choice for Zemo's Thunderbolts and, much like Songbird, has had a hand in the many different forms the group has taken.


A mercenary of mystery, nothing was really known about the man called Bullseye. Before his mercenary career, it’s been suggested that Bullseye tried his formidable throwing skills to become a Major League baseball player, but he was too selfish and sadistic. After only three games, according to Bullseye himself, he grew bored and annoyed whilst pitching a no-hitter and for the last pitch of the game he threw the ball at the batter, killing him.

Instead, Bullseye found his true calling as a special operative of the United States National Security Agency, then soon after as a freelance assassin - a perfect career for someone who got so much pleasure from the killing of his enemies. He created his signature modus operandi of using thrown weapons during one of his first outings as a soldier - a Viet Cong fighter got the drop on him and Bullseye's weapon failed to shoot. He threw the gun instead, killing his assailant with his bayonet.

During the Civil War, Bullseye was forced to be a member of the Thunderbolts by Norman Osborn through intimidation and a promise for a chance to kill Daredevil.

Known as a long-time villain of Daredevil, there is rumor of his involvement in Season 2 of the Netflix series, Daredevil. So, here's hoping he'll be coming along either way.


Herman Schultz was a career criminal who, after several prison terms for robbery, built a battle suit that sent out shock waves to quickly open safes as well as give himself a one-up on the authorities. The Shocker had the ability to shock his enemies with his hand held vibro-shock units, but because the vibrations were so fierce, he wore a heavily insulated suit. During his first outing as the self-styled "Shocker" he ran into and defeated Spider-Man (albeit the hero was suffering a broken arm at the time) who became Schultz's nemesis

With Spider-man's involvement in the MCU, I assume that means Spidey villains could be making their way as well, so I thought this was a good place to start.

Ghost Rider

I will not be going into the story and mythology of the Ghost Rider here... just know there's a lot to read about Johnny Blaze and the Ghost Rider. After a failed attempt to become an actor, Johnny Blaze retook his career as a stunt rider. He then joined the Thunderbolts providing his services to help them bring down their former teammate Mercy.... again, lots of background, but that's the gist of his involvement with the Thunderbolts. Not that the rights are back with Marvel (after a few terrible movies), we can only hope that he'll make an appearance in the MCU (hopefully skipping some of the origin story).

There it is! My top suggestions for a Thunderbolts TV series. What do you think?


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