Thunderbolts Confirmed for the MCU

Thunderbolts Confirmed for the MCU

BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME

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The Thunderbolts are getting a movie, and the news pushed Incredible Hulk #449 back into $700 territory overnight.

We knew this was coming. Before Valentina Allegra De Fontaine began recruiting her covert team in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there were whispers that Marvel was preparing for the Thunderbolts. Last year, the hot rumor was that Thunderbolts was one of three new movies Marvel Studios was piecing together. This week, it was all confirmed, and the studio announced that Jake Schreier will be in the director’s chair

It’s created a new wave of Thunderbolts speculation beginning with these four issues.

INCREDIBLE HULK #449

Ever since the first rumor circulated that the Thunderbolts were on the Marvel studios list of prospects, Hulk #449 was the key to own. Prices shot through the roof virtually overnight before subsiding…for a time. After last year’s unsubstantiated reports that the Thunderbolts were on the agenda for a feature film, those values felt more rumor heat. Now that the movie has been made official, it’s time to get ready for a blastoff into the stratosphere, at least for a while.

Thanks to the recession plaguing the country, many valued collectibles have deflated from those overvalued prices that peaked during the height of the pandemic. Whether or not Hulk #449 will eclipse those previous records is anyone’s guess, but the excitement for the MCU’s next big thing could push those values toward some new records. Once casting begins and we have a better look at what new characters will surface, then we should see how large the price tags can get.

For the moment, the prices are well below last year’s FMVs. Throughout 2021, the graded 9.8 direct edition earned $683 on average with a record-high $1,150 across 97 sales. So far in 2022, there have been 27 sales for the coveted high grade, and the 30-day FMV has dipped to a tantalizing $487. Now that a movie has been confirmed, it shouldn’t be long before that average begins its new trajectory. In fact, a 9.8 sold on eBay for $699.95 while another hit $660, both on Thursday.

Don’t forget there’s also a newsstand edition on the market. If you happen to own one of these in a 9.8, you are in luck. The last time one traded hands online, it brought $2,100 in November. It will be interesting to see where the price tag lands when the next 9.8 newsstand goes up for sale.

THUNDERBOLTS #1 (1997)

It wasn’t just Hulk #449 that felt the heat from the latest Marvel news. The first Thunderbolts self-titled comic from 1997 was on many wish lists Thursday evening, and the MCU fervor gave it its FMVs a sudden jolt.

Like Hulk #449, the lack of Thunderbolts news had deflated last year’s figures. After averaging $174 in 2021, the 90-day FMV shrank to $138 while the 30-day average sat at $105. Then came Thursday’s news, and these lit up like July 4th fireworks. As of Thursday evening, a graded 9.8 had already sold for $220, which is the most it’s brought since February. Meanwhile, raw copies had jumped to as much as $40. Only weeks prior, the near mints were staying closer to $10.

You will want to check your long boxes for the Thunderbolts #1 second print. These are hard to find in higher quality, and a graded 9.8 earned $450 in February. With the movie hype getting started, it could send the next sale to a new record.

THUNDERBOLTS #128 (2009)

The spark has been lit under Thunderbolts #128. Why are buyers on the hunt for this issue? Since Marvel announced its Thunderbolts movie, the speculation has turned toward which team will grace the silver screen. Although none of the cast have been mentioned, the inclination is that Yelena Belova will be the team’s centerpiece since Black Widow screenwriter Eric Pearson is writing the script. In the comics, Yelena joined the Thunderbolts in Thunderbolts #128 along with Ghost and former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Eric O’Grady, who stole the Ant-Man costume from Hank Pym. 

Since Thursday, copies of Thunderbolts #128 were on the move. Only yesterday, a graded 9.6 earned $63, though that’s not quite the $70 the last sale scored in June 2021. There hasn’t been a graded 9.8 to sell online since 2019 when one brought $14. As of Thursday evening, the raw copies were selling for $15. There is a variant cover floating about the internet, and a 9.6 went for $49 in December. The same month, both the second and third prints sold for close to $50 each. 

THUNDERBOLTS #110

Another key issue that’s turning heads is 2007’s Thunderbolts #110. In this issue, Norman Osborn put together his new team, consisting of Venom (Mac Gargan), Bullseye, Songbird, Penance, Radioactive Man, and Swordsman. Marvel hasn’t said which characters will join the movie squad, but the studio reportedly will incorporate established characters from other MCU films and shows. That could lead to a combination of the 2007 and 2009 versions when the big screen moment arrives.

These are still relatively cheap buys, at least for the standard edition. On Thursday, most raw copies were selling for around $5-$10. A graded 9.8 hasn’t sold online since February 2021 when it brought just $45. The better find is the variant cover, which averaged $253 last year for a 9.8. One made it to a record $300, but the single ‘22 sale was for $108 on May 22. That same day, a raw copy went for $89. 

THUNDERBOLTS #1 (2016)

Over the years, Marvel consistently shakes up the Thunderbolts crew. Given the speculation that Winter Soldier will be part of the new movie, it’s leading collectors to add 2016’s Thunderbolts #1 when Bucky Barnes was handed his membership card. He joined Fixer, Mach-X, Moonstone, Atlas, and Kobik to form yet another Thunderbolts. The issue also featured the first sighting of the Thunderbolts Clubhouse, a location that should find its way into the movie. 

Having Winter Soldier on the cover art is making this a popular addition to those Thunderbolts collections. On the bright side, it is a cheap alternative to those high-priced keys. As of Friday morning, raw copies were still in the $5 range.

THUNDERBOLTS #1 (2022)

There’s a new Thunderbolts lineup in the comics, and they will conveniently debut only weeks after Marvel announced the latest movie. It’s almost like that was on purpose…

Releasing on July 6, the new Thunderbolts has serious MCU implications with Clint Barton, Monica Rambeau, and America Chavez joining the ranks. Since last year, all three characters have been in the Phase Four spotlight, and it stands to reason they could lead Marvel’s newest onscreen sensation.

Alongside the four mainstays are B-listers Power Man Victor Alvarez and Persuasion as well as the first appearances of Gusten Glory and Eegro the Unbreakable. Marvel enjoys its oddball characters, meaning any of those four could be an unlikely future MCU star. At the moment, you can still pre-order these for $5 on eBay or get one from your local comic shop in less than a month.

THE NEXT AVENGERS?

DC struck gold with the second round of The Suicide Squad, at least with James Gunn behind the camera. We will have to see what Marvel churns out, but this could be a major hit waiting to happen. Like DC, there could be spinoff series in the works as well. That should be enough to keep the speculation thriving, at least until the next MCU announcement hits the newswire.

Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.


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