Back in June, we learned that Steven Yeun had joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts movie, and while his character wasn’t named at the time, several online scoopers claimed that he would be playing Sentry.
The Walking Dead alum has dropped a few vague hints in interviews since, but nothing particularly character-specific, mainly focusing on how he ended up landing his MCU debut role.
“It kind of came together in a weird way. Jake Schreier, who did episodes of Beef, he got the gig to direct it and he kinda saw me for this role, and I read the role, and I was like ‘This is actually a really interesting role, I’d be down to explore this.'”
“I think it’s less about now checking things off a bucket list and more looking at an experience,” he continued. “It’s more like ‘Do I want to experience that?’ Putting it out is a whole other thing that I’m gonna have to prepare for afterwards, but in the immediate, I’m just down to just experience that experience.”
Though nothing has been officially announced, it looks like we now have confirmation that Yeun will indeed portray Robert Reynolds, aka the Sentry.
While speaking with comic artist David Finch, The Walking Dead and Invincible creator Kirkman came right out and said: “My good friend Steven Yeun is playing the Sentry in a movie:”
Yeah, he called me, he went in for a costume fitting. I hope I’m not… I don’t think this is a spoiler or anything that will get anybody in trouble. I don’t know, maybe. We’ll see. I don’t care. I don’t work for Marvel. What are they going to do to me? He called me and he said, ‘I just came back from a costume fitting for the Sentry. I guess I only do superheroes that are yellow and blue.’ He said he was at the costume fitting and was like, ‘Aww, crap. I forgot Invincible was yellow and blue.'”
So, there you have it – and it sounds like he’ll be sporting a comic-accurate costume!
Though other characters might well be added, the Thunderbolts roster currently consists of Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko).
Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) will put the team together, and may also be partially responsible for Sentry’s creation. Harrison Ford will replace the late William Hurt as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who may wind up transforming into the Red Hulk.
Bear breakout Ayo Edebiri is also on board in a secret role.
Jake Schreier (Robot and Frank, Dave) is set to direct, with Black Widow scribe Eric Pearson penning the script.
Thunderbolts was recently pushed back to July 25, 2025.