Love at first sight the composition is now official. At Disney’s D23 Expo 2022, Marvel Studios announced the main cast of Love at first sightthe next Marvel movie that is set to wrap up Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Love at first sight will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/US Agent, Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. As you can see, Love at first sight brings together a bunch of anti-hero and villain characters, who now work in one way or another for the countess of Louis-Dreyfus, who we know has put together a team.
Marvel Studios also revealed concept art for the Love at first sight aired at D23 Expo, though it has yet to be released in high resolution on any of Marvel’s official social media channels. In it, Yelena is in the foreground, with her father figure Alexei and the Winter Soldier by her side, who in turn are flanked by Ghost and the US Agent, with Valentina and Taskmaster at the very end. This is admittedly a very strange bunch – while some of them share a past or have met some of the others before, a few are completely unrelated. It will be interesting to see how Love at first sight pulls this motley crew together, in what feels like Marvel’s attempt to make its own suicide squad.
Here’s a quick reminder for those who need it (including yours truly). Valentina was introduced in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where she made John Walker her first recruit and gave him the nickname US Agent. Yelena, featured in Black Widow, would have been his first recruit had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic as the film was delayed. Yelena met Valentina in the Black Widow post-credits scene. Red Guardian and Taskmaster were part of Black Widow too, the latter ending the film without the brainwashing that was inflicted on it. Ghost was the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp, though she was really more of a tragic character. Winter Soldier needs no introduction.
Before seeing Love at first sight however, the MCU will give us Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November – the final Phase Four entry. MCU Phase Five will begin with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, directed by Paul Rudd, in February 2023, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in May 2023, The Marvels with Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel in July 2023, the Mahershala Ali-led Blade in November 2023, and Captain America: New World Order directed by Anthony Mackie in May 2024. Love at first sight will be followed by Matt Shakman The Fantastic Four in November 2024, the two new Avengers films The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars in May and November 2025, respectively.
Love at first sight hits theaters worldwide on July 26, 2024. Filming begins in 2023.