My Idea for a Thunderbolts Television Series

I love the Thunderbolts. They are my favorite team in the Marvel Universe, for their awesome characters that are usually not featured in other comics, and great team dynamics. I, like many people probably, often wonder how comic book titles could be transformed into a film or TV show. This is my idea for a Thunderbolts TV show.

Genre Superhero, Action-Adventure, Science-Fiction

Format Live-Action Serial

No. of Seasons 5

Running Time 42 Minutes, 1 hour (Pilot Episode)

Network AMC

AMC seems like the perfect place for a show like this. If it took the chance on The Walking Dead, I could imagine the network taking a chance on Thunderbolts.


  • John McGinley as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
  • Ali Larter as Karla Sofen/Moonstone
  • Cameron Diaz as Melissa Gold/Songbird
  • Timothy Olyphant as Mac Gargan/Venom
  • Michael Fassbender as Lester/Bullseye
  • Anton Yelchin as Robbie Baldwin/Penance
  • John Cho as Chen Lu/Radioactive Man
  • Wentworth Miller as Andreas Strucker/Swordsman
  • Til Schweiger as Erik Josten/Atlas
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Helmut Zemo
  • Desmond Harrington as Donald Gill/Blizzard
  • Jeremy Davies as Paul Ebersol/Fixer
  • Stephen Moyer as Ghost
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  • Brenda Song as Hallie Takahama/Jolt
  • Terry Crews as Luke Cage
  • Joel Edgerton as Abner Jenkins/MACH-V
  • Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
  • Robert Maillet as Cleavon Twain/Headsman
  • Kevin Durand as Frank Simpson/Scourge
  • Tom Hardy as Cain Marko/Juggernaut
  • Alan Tudyk as Calvin Zabo/Mr. Hyde

So, that's the principal cast. It includes most of the Thunderbolts members from it's various incarnations and history, and shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hence the shared actors. They obviously all wouldn't appear in one season, rather each season has a different cast of characters. I also decided to leave off the current Thunderbolts from Marvel Now, since they share virtually nothing with the previous teams.


Thunderbolts is a live-action TV series based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. Connected with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thunderbolts follows a team of criminals looking to reform or to just get out of jail time. Thunderbolts is an ambitious series looking to break ground with the first ever "Live-Action Superhero Team" genre that is usually reserved for animated series such as Justice League and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Season One

  • Baron Helmut Zemo
  • Moonstone
  • Songbird
  • Atlas
  • MACH-V
  • Fixer
  • Jolt

Season One follows the team through its early stages of creation and purpose. Disguised as a heroic team analogous to the Avengers, Baron Zemo (the leader) really established the team to do evil. Baron Zemo and his Thunderbolts hoped to gain the public's trust, and subsequently gain access to SHIELD. For awhile, it worked, but not exactly in Baron Zemo's favor. While doing acts of good, the members of the Thunderbolts began to think of themselves as actual heroes, further pushed in that direction by the joining of Jolt. On the verge of becoming a truly heroic team, Baron Zemo outed the team as the Masters of Evil, to ensure the loyalty of his allies. However, it didn't work, and with the exception of Fixer, the members of the Thunderbolts join forces with the Avengers (who guest star) to battle Baron Zemo. Baron Zemo manages to escape, and though the Thunderbolts had every intention of becoming a heroic team for good, they had a lot of trust to gain back.

Season Two

  • Hawkeye
  • Songbird
  • MACH-V
  • Jolt
  • Blizzard
  • Swordsman

Season Two follows a new Thunderbolts, led by Hawkeye who was chosen by The Avengers to keep the team in check. Baron Zemo returns as the main antagonist, joined by Atlas, Moonstone, and Fixer, who found the side of evil to be their true calling. The Thunderbolts receive two new members, Blizzard and Swordsman. Zemo looks to regain control of the Thunderbolts from Hawkeye, while the Thunderbolts also have to clash with the Crimson Cowl (played by guest star America Olivo). At the end of the season, Baron Zemo fails to get control of the Thunderbolts back, while the Thunderbolts are secretly disbanded by SHIELD and the members unfairly thrown in jail, with the exception of Hawkeye.

Season Three

  • Green Goblin
  • Songbird
  • Venom
  • Bullseye
  • Radioactive Man
  • Penance
  • Baron Zemo (Behind the Scenes)

News of the Thunderbolts' disbandment reached Zemo through Fixer. Zemo also heard news of a potential "Civil War" about to go down between super powered heroes and villains. Seeing this as a way to restore himself to a position of power, Baron Zemo heads to a secret meeting with members of the World Security Council asking for the Thunderbolts project to be re-instated, with Baron Zemo sympathizing with the WSC's Superhuman Registration Act, and saying he would do everything in his power to hunt down Super humans who didn't comply with the Act. The WSC agrees, and let's Baron Zemo chose his team members. Baron Zemo's team consists mostly of super villains, with the exception of Penance, who feels that he is responsible for the deaths of thousands at a disastrous event in Stamford, Connecticut. At the end of this "Civil War" period, the Thunderbolts are again disbanded by the WSC.

That's it for now. I'll continue this again in the coming days.