What’s the fun of a shared, multi-film universe if you aren’t going to use it? In the case of Marvel Studios, they’ve been very much enjoying the benefits of having characters from one movie series pop up in another. Clark Gregg took Agent Coulson from Iron Man to Thor; Robert Downey Jr. popped up at the end of The Incredible Hulk; and Hayley Atwell is rumored to be turning up as Peggy Carter in a flashback in the upcoming Ant-Man. Of course, nearly everyone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far showed up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the notable exception of last summer’s space-faring heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy. But you know it’s only a matter of time that they turn up in other places, and Star Lord himself, Chris Pratt, confirmed that he has room in his contract for Marvel adventures outside of Guardians. (more…)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
By now the mid-credits scene has been firmly established as a trademark of the Marvel Studios series of films, and even though Avengers: Age of Ultron didn’t have a funny little shwarma-like scene at the end, it did feature at least a little something that teases… Something. Featuring a character… Well, you know. Obviously, to discuss the implications, you have to know what it is and that’s a spoiler, but for those of you who have already seen Age of Ultron, and according to the box office numbers there were a lot of you, I’m sure you’re wondering about the thing that guy had and the other thing that he said, and Marvel producer Kevin Feige is here to explain. (more…)
The Guardians of The Galaxy ending revealed that Starlord’s ability to hold the Infinity Stone for extended period of time (and not disintegrate) was due to his otherworldly DNA – imparted to him from his absentee space Daddy. Teasing a mysterious unknown father figure from space seemed to set-up a significant plot point for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. While director James Gun has said that revelation will be addressed, it won’t be as significantly important as it was assumed to be. It’s not going to be a big secret. The real focal point is what the relationship is to that character. (more…)
While it is a contractual certainty that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Dave Bautista will be back for another round in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Lee Pace, who played the film’s lead villain Ronan the Accuser, wants to come back too. Before you start scratching your head, let’s think about it for a minute. (more…)
It is no secret that Vin Diesel likes teasing his fans with potential future film roles via social media. Thusly, ever since Guardians of the Galaxy went into pre-production, Diesel was constantly dropping hints that he was having meetings with Marvel. This led to numerous websites, blogs, and fans speculating as to which character he could possibly be in discussions to play within the Marvel Universe – and in particular, Guardians of the Galaxy, with the role eventually turning out to be Rocket Racoon’s partner in crime Groot. (more…)
We all know the story by now about Marvel taking a punt on Guardians of the Galaxy compounded by their bold decision to hire the cult-ish idiosyncratic director James Gunn to helm the movie (which turned out to be an absolute stroke of genius). The film opened huge (one of the biggest films of 2014) and a talking Raccoon with a big ass gun became a household name. Sometimes you just can’t predict how the public are going to take to a film, and it almost makes tracking techniques seem irrelevant (anyways, that is another topic for another time). Gunn has recently opened up about the development process of Guardians of the Galaxy, revealing how it all came together. In the wide-ranging interview, Gunn talks about the state of the script when he came onboard the tightly-cogged, well-oiled Marvel machine, and it all makes for a rather interesting read. (more…)
Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was confirmed, people turned their attention to what could be in store for the sequel and what new characters they might be seeing in the sequel. One character who has been getting a lot of mention is Nova – the Earth-born hero – who fights for Xander and the planets Nova Corps and is also a major warrior who fights against the Kree and the Skulls, albeit, in various incarnations. Furthermore there was also talk about Peter Quill‘s father showing up in the second installment.
Though the two-part Avengers: Infinity War was announced only recently, those of us who recognized that ugly purple face in the first post-credits scene of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers have known it was coming. The seeds for Infinity War were planted early, and clearly Marvel isn’t done yet. Only three of the six legendary Infinity Stones have been revealed, while Thanos has appeared briefly in two Marvel Studios movies, he has yet to take a more active role, and we have a whole bunch of movies scheduled between Avengers: Age of Ultron and its 2018 sequel Avengers: Infinity War, Part I.
After the revelation that Chris Pratt turned down the main role for Sony’s big screen adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted, there were a few disappointed fans of both; the game and the actor, left questioning his decision. However, if you think about it, his agent must be inundated with myriad scripts after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy propelled Pratt into A List territory. Fortunately Pratt is now attached Universal’s tentpole adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking (does it come as any surprise that this role has sparked an interest from Pratt?). A movie with that kind of title would have Pratt’s Parks and Recreation alter ego Andy Dwyer jumping around stupid like an excited and diminutive kid-ster (Pratt is like a slightly less pumped version of Dwyer). This is also a pretty smart move, as it is a massive genre project that Universal is pumping a lot of talent and money into. With a story focusing on a schizophrenic assassin who obtains the skills of a Cowboy, a Ninja, and a Viking working for a secret government program, who wouldn’t want to be involved in a project like that?! (more…)
While Warner Bros. and DC scramble to find someone who wants to direct their films, Marvel grooves on with a stable of ass-kickers who just keep changing the world of comic book movies. It all started with Joss Whedon, a guy who waited far too long to get properly recognized for his geeky brilliance outside of cult fandom. Then, along came James Gunn. This guy hurdles deftly over his predecessors Kenneth Branagh and John Favreau to build a successful franchise out of complete obscurity. Nobody knew what ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ was, and now mainstream moviegoers are thirsting for a sequel. The wait will be long, but they’ll definitely get their wish because it’s already been written. Sounds like he has a plan… (more…)