BEHOLD: First Official Image of Thanos from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

- 08-01-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Sure, this thing already leaked thanks to a “butt-cam photo,” but now you can enjoy Thanos in all his high-definition genocidal glory thanks to the first official image of the Josh Brolin-portrayed character in Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanos doesn’t do much in the film, but his presence looms large throughout as the gang from Marvel are clearly setting him up to be the biggest of all bads in some future film or films. But if The Avengers offered a mere sip of Thanos, Guardians allows us one big gulp, and only one thing’s for sure: this is a guy you don’t want to cross (even though everyone seems to keep crossing him). (more…)

SPOILERS! Who’s in that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Final Scene Anyway?

- 08-01-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Guardians of the Galaxy made it rain last night at Thursday preview screenings with a haul of $11.2 million in ticket sales for two shows. It’s obvious that this is going to be a big weekend for the near universally acclaimed new entry in the Marvel Studios canon. Speaking of canon, it’s well known that Marvel includes little bonuses in their films,  a teaser, or spoiler, or hint about what comes next, and Guardians is no exception. So what is it, you’re asking if you haven’t already seen the movie. Well, if you absolutely, positively must know, read below to get the details. By the way, SPOILERS AHEAD! (more…)

Enter For Your Chance to Win a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Prize Pack

- 08-01-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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The wait is over. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is upon us. Was all the hype and excitement leading up to the films release all it was cracked up to be? Well, in short, YES! We promise that all that hype is well-deserved.  It’s an irreverent interstellar thrill ride offering flavor, heart, humor, charm, totally boss soundtrack, action galore, and a gun toting talking raccoon with an attitude problem. What more could you possibly want? So many things working for it. It’s as if Marvel climbed to the top of Mt. Sinai and said to God “We Present You This” and all was good in the world. We can’t say enough good things about it. Just shut up and see it already. If you want to read more on how sweet the movie is, check out our review HERE.

In celebration of the films release, and promoting ourselves a little bit, we’re giving away a Guardians of the Galaxy Prize Pack courtesy of Hasbro Toys. What’s in the swag bag and how do you get it? Rocket on down to find out. (more…)

REVIEW: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Or ‘How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gunn’

- 08-01-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jacob Knight

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I have to admit to being completely on the fence since Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced.

For starters – I’ve never been a hardcore comics kid, nor am I particularly a fan of Marvel’s brand of popcorn plasticity. The MCU pictures are only slightly interesting from a filmic outlook, while Guardians as a property is a complete unknown entity to me. A talking raccoon and a tree in locked in cosmic battle with a horde of spaced invaders? Sounds like something more fit for the side of an 80s metal band’s tour van than a multiplex silver screen. Then James Gunn was announced as director/co-writer and my interest level was raised (though I still can’t cop to being completely conned). Slither is a damn good rehash of Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps and Super is so dark and personal that it’s hard to dismiss (though I still don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say I’m a “fan” of the film). Could Gunn actually retain his Troma roots? Or would the somewhat boardroom-authored MCU Universe excise what made his previous output special in favor of their factory-line assembly process. Thankfully, the answer is the former, as Guardians of the Galaxy is 110% a James Gunn joint to, to the point that it might be the only Marvel movie to retain its author’s somewhat auteurist voice, marking the first time the filmmaker was valued over the brand. (more…)

Expect ‘Avengers 3′ In 2018, Maybe A ‘Guardians’ Crossover Too

- 07-31-14Comics, Film Posted by Leo Johnson

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Avengers Age of Ultron is hitting theaters in 2015 and Marvel Studios has revealed other planned release dates for years to come. Of the planned dates, we only know a few confirmed films, like Ant-Man on July 17, 2015; Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016; and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28, 2017.

Naturally, one of the announced dates will have to be Avengers 3, but the question is which one? At SDCC, Kevin Feige, when asked about the date announcements, went on to say that we should probably expect 3 years between Avengers movies. (more…)

Chris Pratt Stole Star-Lord Outfit, But for Good Reason

- 07-31-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s not unheard of for movies stars to “accidentally” take home some mementos from the set of their film, so when Chris Pratt, star of the at-this-point-all-but-guaranteed blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, recently revealed that he had sticky fingers before leaving the set of the Marvel Studios film, it didn’t come a surprise. The thing that was a little surprising though was Pratt’s stated reason for stuffing his suitcase with some extra stuff from the London set of Guardians, and it wasn’t about collecting fond memories or stuff his closet for a future Ebay auction. (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Already Breaking Records, Not Even Out Yet

- 07-30-14Comics, Film Posted by Leo Johnson

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Without it even being released in theaters quite yet, Guardians of the Galaxy is already breaking records. The fact that non-Avengers heroes can be wildly marketable and successful is sure to make many at Marvel breath a sigh of relief and is sure to get them to start planning their next big idea.

Fandango reports that Guardians of the Galaxy is poised to be the biggest August pre-seller in their history, beating 2007′s Bourne Ultimatum, and also this year’s #1 non-sequel pre-seller, outpacing The Lego Movie. All this is fantastic news when you consider that the characters weren’t even A-listers in the comics before this movie, Chris Pratt is stepping into a major, leading role for the first time, and one of the leads is a talking tree.

With all that, and more, in mind Fandango did some polls involving those that pre-ordered tickets on the site and had some very interesting things to show. (more…)

James Gunn Has ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Thoughts

- 07-30-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The only movie news from Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic Con was word that the last weekend in July in 2017 was being reserved for a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. Not bad for a movie people weren’t sure about when it was announced three years, directed by a guy whose past two films cost less combined than the costume budget for GOTG and starring a giant tree, a talking racoon and the doofus from Parks and Recreation. But with just over 24 hours till the Thursday evening previews for GOTG, Marvel is more confident than ever that they’ve got franchise fire on their hands, and director James Gunn is already thinking about the possibilities. (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cross Branding Continues In New Animated Series and Disney Infinity Game Pack

- 07-29-14Comics, TV, Videogames Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Marvel Studios have demonstrated they have the tools, talent and know how in delivering quality super hero movies – comic to screen adaptations that service fans and appeal to mass market audiences. It took their partnership with Disney, however, to be champions of the market place. The house of mouse has allowed Marvel to become a powerhouse in brand recognition across all demographics, well beyond the original target audience of 20 something year old’s livin’ in their parents basements.  This is largely in part to extending properties across multiple platforms and revenue streams. Marvel makes a hit movie… and ready are the mountains of merchandise, new animated series, video games and more.

With Guardians of the Galaxy garnering more and more attention lately – damn near reaching critical mass – from eager and cheerful fans, you can bet Marvel/Disney are ready to keep the tidal wave of excitement and subsequent profits going.

Waiting in the wings of the films August 1 release, comes a new animated series and a Disney Infinity video game add-on. Both of which are sure to please fans and keep the property pulsing. (more…)

SDCC14: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Announced For July 2017

- 07-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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EDITOR NOTE: This story original posted on 7/25 has been updated with the following.

At the end of the Marvel Studios presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Marvel marketing mouthpiece Kevin Feige presented a  video of Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announcing that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on July 28th 2017. (more…)