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New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Concept Art & 'Avengers' Sequel Title

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July 21, 2013

Guardians of the Galaxy

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:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

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:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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?

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  • toonfed
    "Conept"
  • OfficialJab
    One of these things is not like the others.
  • Chris Skalicky
    Vin Diesel could be voicing Ultron. That's another possibility.
    • yomandenver
      That is very possible.
    • Hamengku
      Why do I have a feeling that he'd play Groot...
  • Xerxexx
    Kewl.
  • Jon Odishaw
    This is sofa king cool
  • Sky
    ULTRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES. I SAID I KNEW I WISHED IT... ULTRON!!!!!!
    • DAVIDPD
      Now we just need Doctor Pym.
      • Charlie Hard
        Hank Pym is not going to be in Avengers 2, as announced by Joss Whedon himself, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylai2RE9EM0 Well our worst fears are upon us, should have known this was going to happen since the Ant-Man film is going to be released before Avengers 2.
  • mooreworthy
    "Shut up and take my money!"
  • jah p
    Ray Winstone should be the voice of Rocket Raccoon...
  • Chris Groves
    As far as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, no Vin Diesel for that, thanks. I prefer that Vin Diesel be the voice of someone like Vision. As far as Rocket Raccoon, I kind of hope someone with more of a lively, "character voice" gets picked, like a David Wenham or a Ray Winstone.
  • DAVIDPD
    Shouldn't Groot be at least twice that big?
    • Sky
      He grows and shrinks, but in a crazy way. It's that way in the comics at least... at one point he's living in a pot that Rocket Raccoon carries around
    • Sky
      And if u look at all the shadows, Groots shadow is just his head I think
      • DAVIDPD
        Oh! Good eye. You're right!
  • DavideCoppola
    I like James Gunn, I hope he makes a decent film. "Super" was already better than most superhero films, so it should be no problem.
  • mmmmmmmm
    PLEASE don`t make Guardians the "R.I.P.D" of 2014. Please don`t. If its as wicked & serious seeming as that concept art then my body is ready,
    • Sky
      Marvel wouldnt let that happen
      • Cody W
        I dont get the whole line of thinking that Marvel cant make mistakes, remember Hulk....IM2 and 3, Avengers was filled with ridiculous plotholes.....Some could argue captain america was very mediocre(like me) and Thor was pretty eh. You gotta give there marketing department credit I guess, they build upon mediocrity to big pay off movies like Avengers.
        • Sky
          Which Hulk... i liked All of the Iron Man Films and I like the Hulk film with Edward Norton. The reason I say that Marvel wouldn't let that happen is that they have had some pretty great Intro films. To me it doesn't sound like ur a fan of the Marvel Film Universe. U dont like Hulk, IM2&3, Captain America or Thor. Maybe your just not a fan of Marvel, and the whole reason you dont understand why people say things like I did is because u aren't a fan...... i like every movie that has set up the Avengers and i love Avengers the most
        • Dominic
          Exactly , cody this is why Marvel is better than DC/Warner . They understood that they had to get a significant # of superheroes out in the movie public , even IF they would only appeal to certain fans . Niche-market . THEN you can bring the groups in . And more villians . Credit Marvel's market research definitely . One prob with a JLA movie is that you'll use time introducing everyone and their backstories . So I'm sure someone will say " There's not enough action ! " Marvel's "mediocre" movies solved that problem

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