‘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…)

SDCC14: ‘Captain America’ Directors to Helm ‘Agent Carter’ Episodes

- 07-25-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It looks like Hayley Atwell can reply on some familiar guidance behind the camera when she takes Peggy to the small screen in Agent Carter on ABC. It was announced today at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic Con that amongst the directors lending their talent to the first season of the solo adventures of Steve Rogers’ Girl Friday are Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). (more…)

SDCC14: Could Joaquin Phoenix Be Marvel’s Doctor Strange?

- 07-25-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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This is hardly the first time the name of Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Walk The Line, Gladiator, SpaceCamp…yes, he was the kid in SpaceCamp) has been whispered in conjunction with a comic book film:

Just prior to San Diego Comic-Con 2010, the rumor mill had Phoenix replacing Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Avengers–a role that eventually went to Mark Ruffalo. More recently, there was talk that Warner Bros. was eyeing him for the role of Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but decided to go with Jesse Eisenberg instead.

Today we have an exclusive from The Wrap suggesting that Phoenix’s people are currently in talks regarding the lead role in Doctor Strange–according to “multiple individuals close to the casting”, for whatever that’s worth. Follow me after the jump for more info, and the laundry list of other prospective “Doctors Strange”: (more…)

Josh Brolin IS Thanos, Far As Kevin Feige Is Concerned

- 07-24-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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Guardians of the Galaxy baddie Thanos may not have the brand recognition of Marvel villains like, say: Doctor Doom, Red Skull, or Loki.

However, if Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige‘s opinion has any merit, then Thanos easily measures up to his nefarious contemporaries–with actor Josh Brolin giving him life, that is.

Brolin did more than simply voice the supervillain–they also filmed him, as Feige recently explained in an interview with Collider:

We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time, but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. We ran it by [Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn] who loved it, ran it by [Joss Whedon] who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it. We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well.” 

More from Feige after the jump: (more…)

SDCC14: ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Mockingjay’, And ‘Warcraft’ All Make A Reveal

- 07-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Leo Johnson

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Today kicks off the first day of San Diego Comic-Con and announcements and teasers are already flying thick at the con. Amidst the crowds and clamor it seems that a few movies are getting posters, which seem to be available at the con, while another is showing off its official logo for the first time.  (more…)

Will RDJ Return For ‘Iron Man 4′? How Much is it Worth to Marvel/Disney?

- 07-23-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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For a while it had seemed doubtful that Robert Downey Jr. would don Tony Stark’s “high-tech prosthesis” after the completion of Avengers 3, and he has made it clear that he knows Iron Man will go on long after he retires to the private island he will likely buy with the piles of money he made playing the character.

So what’s changed? Well, mostly it seems to be the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established that a certain character who was used as a cover for a certain Aldrich Killian is most CERTAINLY real. I refer, of course, to The Mandarin. The REAL Mandarin, not the masquerade performed by Trevor Slattery. Apparently, ever since Marvel’s short film All Hail The King hinted at the possibility of The Mandarin’s existence, there has been serious interest in a fourth installment in the Iron Man franchise.

The only real question has been whether or not RDJ will reprise the title role. And it seems THAT depends upon the depth of Disney’s pockets. More after the ever-popular jump: (more…)

Is John Boyega Going to Wakanda After Tatooine?

- 07-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It starts now! Well, not now exactly. But later! San Diego Comic Con launches with preview night tonight, which means the next four days will be non-stop nerd news. Getting an early start on things is British actor John Boyega, whose already won the proverbial acting lottery by getting the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. That’s good enough, but is Boyega now preparing to make a lateral move to another Disney-owned property? Perhaps something with “Black” and “Panther” in the title? (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ News: Villain Posters, Premiere Pics, And New Featurettes

- 07-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As we count down to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, prepare for a full blown media assault: Videos! Posters! Press Junkets! Red Carpets! The whole Hollywood enchilada! Next on the hit parade an extended clip, a trailer promoting the IMAX version of the film, some character posters featuring the film’s myriad of villains, and images from the red carpet of last night’s world premiere. (more…)

Feige Rounds up Rumors on ‘Guardians’, ‘Sub-Mariner’ and ‘Ant-Man’

- 07-21-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s busy days for the man that manages the Marvel Cinematic Universe, producer Kevin Feige. Not only does he have his studio’s biggest gamble, Guardians of the Galaxy, hitting theaters in a few short weeks, but he’s got to stun the nerdy masses this coming weekend at San Diego Comic Con, which is pretty much his industry’s trade show. As usual, there’s a lot of rumor, speculation, and outright innuendo when it comes to anything from Marvel Studios, so Feige is once again playing rumor control, and setting the record straight on a couple of things, amongst them: fear of Edgar Wright, a future on film for Namor The Sub-Mariner, and the potential for franchise crossovers. Let’s get into it! (more…)