A new leak, yet to be verified, has suggested that Marvel Studios is excited to pick Ryan Gosling or Alexander Skarsgård for a major villain role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that of the Sentry.
According to scooper Daniel Richtman (via The Direct), Gosling or Skarsgård are Marvel’s top choices for “a confrontational and powerful villain” to appear in Thunderbolts, with the character believed to be Sentry, a 2000s-era superhero created by writer Paul Jenkins and artist Jae Lee. In the Marvel Comics universe, the Sentry was Robert Reynolds, a young man who gained the “power of a thousand exploding suns” after ingesting an experimental serum that gave him Superman-like powers. However, the serum also created The Void, an evil reflection of the Sentinel that lurks within Reynolds and manifests when Reynolds’ mental illness goes unchecked. Marvel Studios hasn’t publicly commented on the Sentry’s alleged casting or involvement in Thunderbolts, which means that rumors of him should be taken with a grain of salt for now.
While fans of Marvel long wanted Gosling to play the MCU’s Nova, the actor was never too keen on that casting and instead said he would love to play Ghost Rider, aka the spirit of vengeance, in a superhero movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige even responded to Gosling’s request, stating, “Hey man, if Ryan wants to be Ghost Rider…” The Marvel boss then added that Gosling is “amazing” and “awesome” and that he’d love to find a place in the MCU for him.
David Harbor talks about Thunderbolts
While Thunderbolts plot details remain scarce, David Harbour teased that the next MCU film will feature the titular team as a bunch of underdogs. “We’re like, you know, the losers. And I think it’s fun to watch us screw it up. I think it’s the spectrum. I think it’s a lot of fun, but there’s also a lot of pathos in it.”explained the actor reprising his role of Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian in Thunderbolts. Harbor also revealed that the movie will be fun, weird, and action-packed. “And then we’ll also drop a bomb, which is great.”he added.
The production of Thunderbolts is expected to begin in June 2023. Joining Harbor’s Red Guardian in the titular team will be Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova/Black Widow, John Walker/US Agent, Antonia Dreykov/Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ava Starr/Ghost and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier by Sebastian Stan. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Harrison Ford will star in the upcoming film as Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, respectively. Thunderbolts will be released in theaters on July 26, 2024.