Ayo Edebiri has been having a phenomenal year with projects like Bottoms and The Bear, and she was all set up to join the cast of Marvel’s Thunderbolts. Too bad though, because it looks like her MCU debut isn’t pushing through.
According to Deadline, Edebiri had to drop out of Thunderbolts due to scheduling conflicts, and has now been replaced by Miracle Workers’ Geraldine Viswanathan. We don’t have any details on who Edebiri was set to play, but some suspected that she was simply going to be an assistant in the office of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus); kind of like the Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to Valentina’s Nick Fury.
Despite the official reason for Edebiri’s exit, some fans are convinced that Edebiri simply just lost interest in the project. With her recent Emmy win for Oustanding Supporting Actress, it’s possible Edebiri’s fee went up, or she simply didn’t want to enter a billion-dollar franchise as a comic relief side character.
Though Edebiri may have left the project, the movie has gained a feather in their cap by finding someone to replace Steven Yeun as the Sentry. It’s said that Lewis Pullman (Bob from Top Gun: Maverick) will be playing the mentally unstable Sentry, who has the ‘power of a million exploding suns.’ We don’t exactly know what Sentry is going to be up to in the film, but it’s said it will be up to the Thunderbolts to stop him.
We don’t have a look at everyone in costume yet, but hopefully Marvel drops some kind of teaser before the year ends.
Thunderbolts is expected to hit theaters on July 25, 2025.