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Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts’ Is Wisely Leaning Into Florence Pugh

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | March 27, 2024 |

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | March 27, 2024 |


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The conventional wisdom is that Marvel only needs a hit to reassert itself as a pop culture juggernaut, and while I’m 90% positive Deadpool & Wolverine will be that exact hit, I honestly think the MCU needs more than that. It needs a string of wins, but I would go so far to say X-Men ‘97 is the start of said string. Further down the pipeline is Thunderbolts, which for lack of a better comparison, is basically Marvel’s version of the Suicide Squad. It only just started filming, and right out of the gate, Marvel is leaning into one of the few aces up its sleeve: Florence Pugh. She’s been a consistent highlight in Phase 4 starting with Black Widow and her fan-favorite appearance in Hawkeye. Making her the face of Thunderbolts is smart. Now, if the film can go easy on the green screen horsesh*t, or at least put a tad more care into it, we got a stew going. (Instagram)

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