News was making the rounds last February that Marvel’s Thunderbolts film was going to include the character of the Sentry, and he was going to be played by none other than Steven Yeun (Invincible, Beef). A lot of fans were excited about the idea, but it looks like it won’t be pushing forward.
According to THR, Yeun won’t be appearing as the Sentry in the upcoming Thunderbolts movie. The reason for Yeun’s exit is said to be because the production had led to numerous delays thanks to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strike, and Yeun’s schedule won’t allow him to do the film.
The Sentry is relatively a newer character in the comics compared to the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. He is said to have the power of ‘a million exploding suns’ but the catch is that nobody remembers him, and his alter ego Bob Reynolds is the only one who has memories of being the Sentry.
It’s kind of like a Fight Club-meets-Superman kind of situation; and it would have been the Thunderbolts’ mission to try and stop him in the film—well, that and securing adamantium in the newly discovered Celestial being that popped out of the ocean way back in Eternals.
We don’t know how Marvel is going to deal with Yeun’s exit (or if the exit is even really happening), but I can imagine them either recasting the role or holding out and changing the character into someone else entirely.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, I think everyone is more excited to see Yeun enter the MCU as compared to a fan-favorite character from the ‘00s that hasn’t really made a dent in the popular culture.
Thunderbolts is expected to release on July 25, 2025.