New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Concept Art & 'Avengers' Sequel Title
by Ethan Anderton
July 21, 2013
Comic-Con is coming to a close, but the hype is just beginning for two of Marvel's future projects. While no announcements were made for Phase Three of Marvel's cinematic universe, there were two cool reveals that should have fans excited. The first is for Marvel's boldest new film, an adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy. The cosmic hero ensemble is a rag tag team of space thugs who attempt to keep peace and order in the galaxy, though it might not be in the most conventional way. Concept art was revealed previously, but the character designs have changed a bit on a brand new piece of concept art showing the whole team. Look!
Here's the new concept art featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, along with a new title treatment:
As you can see, this concept art utilizes the likeness of the cast, and this is exactly how we saw them appear in the footage screened in Hall H. As you can see, the shadows of the characters mimic the old concept art, which is a nice touch. It should be noted that seeing the fully rendered Rocket Raccoon and Groot computer generated characters was pretty damn impressive. In addition, this image is essentially how the characters were introduced in the footage, almost as a usual suspects sort of police line-up, with John C. Reilly saying, "They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy," and Peter Serafinowicz saying, "What a bunch of a-holes." And after seeing Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, you might agree.
But that's not all for revelations that came out of Comic-Con. Kevin Feige brought out Joss Whedon who simply said, "I don't have anything to say, but I do have something to show you." And a fancy animated sequence of clanging metal pieces with voiceover of lines from each of the team members of The Avengers played until a beam of red light shined, revealed to be the eyes and helmet of the Marvel villain Ultron. And here's the title treatment for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, coming in 2015:
For those who aren't freaking out because they're unfamiliar with the villain, Ultron has been around since the 60s. He is a living automaton who developed self-awareness and intelligence, turned on his creator and evolved into a supervillain. Ultron would go on to create the synthezoid known as The Vision, who was used as a weapon to destroy The Avengers before he too turned on his villainous creator and joined the superhero team. What's even more interesting about this character is that he was created by Dr Henry Pym, the man who will become Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's forthcoming comic adaptation. As you can see, that gives us a pretty good idea of how some things will progress in Phase Three.
Honestly, knowing that Ultron is going to be the villain in The Avengers 2, it would be a pretty good guess that Vin Diesel is going to end up playing Vision. The actor confirmed at the convention that a big announcement is coming at the end of the month about him working with Marvel, but that's all we know. Some have speculated that he might end up voicing Rocket Raccoon since that has yet to be announced, while others seem to think that Diesel might end up playing Thanos, the villain teased at the end of The Avengers. Speaking of which, if Ultron is the villain in The Avengers 2, then what's up with Thanos?
Well, Kevin Feige just did an interview with IGN and confirmed that Thanos will be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. As far as how prominent the villain will be, we can't be sure, but maybe the seed Marvel planted in the first assembly of The Avengers was for much further down the road. As for Ultron, Marvel recently released a 10-issue crossover comic book called Age of Ultron, and you can check out the synopsis right here to learn more, though it probably won't be the exact plot of the film. In the meantime, more Marvel news might be coming at the Disney D23 Expo next month, so stay tuned. Thoughts on on all this?