Steven Yeun Exits Marvel’s “Thunderbolts” Due to Scheduling Issues

Steven Yeun at the
Steven Yeun at the "Okja" premiere in 2017. Photo by Richard Milnes/REX/Shutterstock (8871765bs)

Thunderbolts is one of the most exciting new films that Marvel has on the way, and Steven Yeun was supposed to be a part of its cast. As the film shifted production in the face of Hollywood strikes last year, Yeun was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

The Oscar-nominated actor joined this superhero flick last year in a mystery role, but his future in the MCU was jeopardized in the face of dual strikes. The film’s production date kept shifting, and Yeun eventually decided to call it quits and exit the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Yeun is fresh off starring in Netflix’s acclaimed mini-series Beef alongside Ali Wong, for which he received a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. He’ll next star in the post-apocalyptic romance film Love Me alongside Kristen Stewart and Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi flick Mickey 17, co-starring Robert Pattinson, Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette, and Mark Ruffalo.

The cast of Thunderbolts remains pretty star-studded even after Yeun’s departure and includes the likes of Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, and Harrison Ford as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. It will be released on July 25, 2025, as a part of the MCU’s Phase Six.