‘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.

Fandango has surveyed more than 1,000 “Guardians” ticket-buyers on its site and found that:

95% are attracted by the film’s off-the-wall humor;
87% plan to attend the movie with a group of friends on opening weekend;
85% are looking forward to seeing Chris Pratt in his breakout role as Peter Quill (“Star-Lord”);
80% are already interested in seeing additional “Guardians” movies;
73% claimed the movie’s retro soundtrack made them more excited to see it;
67% picked Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) as the otherworldly character they’re most anticipating;
58% were previously unfamiliar with the “Guardians” comic books.

Without characters like Thor or Captain America to give instant name recognition, Marvel was facing an uphill battle to get non-comics readers to even care about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, so it’s nice to see that nearly 3/5 of those that pre-ordered tickets didn’t really know about them in the comics.

With the recent announcement of a sequel already being planned to Guardians, it’s probably a good thing that a full 4/5 of the ticket buyers are already interested in seeing a sequel.

Personally, I’m pretty stoked to see the movie, so it’s nice to see that it’s already getting lots of attention and money thrown at it. I honestly don’t think anyone was expecting it to be received so well or hyped so much, largely because of the lack of “name” heroes, but the fact that Marvel can take largely unknown characters and turn them into the movie of the summer is pretty cool.

I would ask if you’re going this weekend, but, let’s be honest, you definitely are. Until then, check out this cool poster made exclusively for Fandango.

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Source: Cinema Blend

‘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…)

Whatever: Comic-Con is Dead, Long Live Comic-Con!

- 07-28-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.

For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies  – Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.

It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)

Air Date For Netflix Series ‘Daredevil’ Hits The Radar

- 07-28-14Comics, TV Posted by Aspry Jones

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With the insanity of Comic Con in our rear-view mirrors, it’s back to business as usual in the geek news reporting world. This bit comes from last weekend’s panel headed by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. Tagging along were writers Mark Waid and Dan Slott, all fielding questions concerning Daredevil’s 50th Anniversary. Eventually the grilling leaned toward what they and Netflix were planning to do with the upcoming 13-episode television series. Now, we’ve all heard the news about Double-D taking on a “gritty” feel with a 70′s New York City flair. But there was never any mention of when the show was expected to air. Up until now, anyway. (more…)

Holy Chinichangas!!! ‘Deadpool’ Movie Test Footage

- 07-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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A little over two years ago, back in 2012, Deadpool creator Rob Leifeld hinted to fans that there was test footage made for an “R” rated Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds. He described the footage, but no one really knew if he was telling the truth, or just pulling our collective legs. Now we know! Watch it quick before FOX or Marvel get it taken down! (more…)

Marvel Announces Their ‘Star Wars’ Comics Slate

- 07-27-14Comics Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Despite their own history with Star Wars, many fans bristled when it was revealed that Marvel Comics would take over the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics. Debuting its first Star Wars book back in 1986, Dark Horse had solidified its brand and enhanced the Star Wars expanded universe over the course of almost three decades, but in the end, they suffered from one fatal flaw — they weren’t a part of the Disney family — and now we’re at a point where Star Wars fans have been waiting for some time to know what happens with the baton is passed.

Thanks to the Cup O’ Joe Marvel Comics panel at San Diego Comic Con today, we have a good idea and it seems that Star Wars is about to be put into the care of some very capable hands.  (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…)

SDCC14: ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ News and Footage Description From Hall H [UPDATED w/ Panel Video]

- 07-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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After a make of break Ant-Man panel (which from some accounts seems to be a “make”), it was shooting fish in a barrel time for Marvel Studios by bringing out Avengers, both old and new, for the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel. It included some special guests, a surprise announcement and a sneak peak at some very exciting, and possibly emotionally devastating footage. Here are the highlights…. (more…)

SDCC14: Marvel Hall H Panel ‘Ant-Man’ Details/Footage Description [UPDATED W/ Panel Video]

- 07-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Wow, the Marvel SDCC14 Hall H Panel might have started ten minutes late, but it’s certainly rolling along fast and furious with celebrities, clips, movie news, and all kinds of fun stuff. Here’s what we’ve found out so far about Ant-Man. (more…)

SDCC14: Marvel Studios Panel LIVE Blog

- 07-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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While WB did show up with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s Marvel Studios we expect to steal the show with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and more. Reporting for us from Hall H has been Rush Urbalejo and he’s back again with today’s final and biggest panel (starts at 5:30pm EST). (more…)