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Hot on the heels of the announcement of an awesome special edition vinyl soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy from the cool folks at Mondo, there's even more cool stuff to check out from the Marvel hit of the year. Method Studios is one of several companies who worked on visual effects for the cosmic blockbuster, and short but very cool breakdown of their work has just surfaced online. As always, we wish it would explain a little more about the work, or went into even more detail with the layers, but that's just the cinephile and nerd in us coming out. It's always impressive to see what was created from scratch. Look now!
For those of you itching to see Guardians of the Galaxy again, and aren't too keen on spending the money to hit the movie theater again, Marvel just announced the film will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on December 9th (and Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 18th). But there's more goodies coming for fans of the ragtag team of cosmic heroes as Mondo has announced a special edition vinyl release of the soundtrack, featuring all of the classic pop rock hits from Awesome Mix Vol. 1, and a couple from Awesome Mix Vol. 2 too. And it comes with awesome artwork from Tyler Stout. Look!
In just a couple weeks, you'll be able to bring home X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-Ray and DVD, and while you'll be able to check out a slew of featurettes going behind the scenes of this past summer's time traveling blockbuster, you won't find this little gem on there. A visual effects breakdown from Digital Domain (via io9) has surfaced online, showing off the impressive work done in post-production. Though I wish there was explanation about what we see and how it's done, there are some cool tidbits, like seeing how each scale on Mystique's body moves when she transforms, or how various composite shots of Jennifer Lawrence fighting and changing into someone else visually come together. It's all very cool to see. Watch!
"This summer Marvel took a super obscure comic book and turned it into the biggest movie of the year. Which means one thing: Marvel can't fail!" Beloved breakout star Chris Pratt (who plays Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy) hosted last night's episode of "Saturday Night Live" on NBC, and brought a little Marvel flavor to the late night comedy show. One of the skits/commercials that made the cut was a faux set of trailers titled just "Marvel Trailer", spoofing the Guardians rag-tag group of heroes with all kinds of different rag-tag teams. It's fun, but not as good as many of the YouTube spoofs we've seen already. Enjoy.
"It's like spooning a warm marshmallow." Following an amusing and impressive teaser trailer for the first animated collaboration between Walt Disney Animation and Marvel, a full theatrical trailer for Big Hero 6 has arrived. This time we get a much better idea of the overall story, from Hiro Hamada's seemingly passed brother who created the pudgy medical robot Baymax to our superhero team and the villain they'll be facing. There's some great animation at work here, fun characters, and a promising film that looks like another hit to stack on top of Disney's success from their big musical hit Frozen last year. Watch the trailer below now!
Though there have been more than a handful of college classes using Harry Potter as inspiration for university education, the wizarding franchise is on hiatus until the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in 2016. Right now Marvel Studios is all the rage, and their movies are crushing the box office, so it only makes sense that the comic book film franchise would be a source of inspiration for a new college course. ScreenCrush has learned of a new class at the University of Baltimore called "Media Genres: Media Marvels" that "will scrutinize the intricately plotted world of Marvel films." More below!
Though X-Men franchise launching director Bryan Singer, who knocked X-Men: Days of Future Past out of the park this past summer, was confirmed to direct the forthcoming 80s set sequel X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, some legal troubles came up that could have prevented him from getting back behind the camera. With charges in those legal matters being dropped recently, now Deadline reports Fox has closed a deal for Singer to return. Funnily enough, the news comes just as writer Simon Kinberg had a chat about what team of mutants we'll see on the big screen this time around. And it's in line with hints we've heard before.
While fans should certainly be excited that 20th Century Fox has finally committed to give Deadpool his own feature film in February of 2016, it's time to be cautiously optimistic. In an episode of the Schmoes Know podcast, the resurgence of Deadpool is discussed, and some distressing news came to light. While fans have frequently said that the only way to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the big screen without tainting the character is to make an R-rated film, director Tim Miller has apparently said that they figured out how to make a PG-13 film and still make the most hardcore Deadpool fans happy with the final product. Read on!
Late last fall, 20th Century Fox pushed back the release dates of both their reboot of Fantastic Four and the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. Now it looks like those dates have been changed yet again. The Wrap reports Fox has pushed Fantastic Four from its June 16th, 2015 release to later in the summer on August 7th, 2015. That's not surprising considering the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy has been cleaning up the box office in the weeks since hitting theaters on August 1st, mostly because August and September are usually empty of big releases as the calm before the storm that is awards season begins.
The power of social media and the positive reaction to a leaked test reel for an adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero known as the Merc with a Mouth has pushed 20th Century Fox to set a Deadpool movie for release on February 12th, 2016. From their official Twitter account, 20th Century Fox made the announcement by linking to a story from THR that confirmed visual effects wizard Tim Miller is still set to direct the film for the studio. And it's presumed that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star, since he's been a big part of getting this project made and starred in the test reel, but there's no deal locked in place.
While we still don't know who will end up taking the title role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix being the last actor linked to the role, that doesn't mean the comic book studio isn't getting production in order. And Screen Daily reports Marvel is currently working out their schedule with Pinewood-Shepperton Studios across the pond (where Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now) to shoot the film starting around May 2015, lining the film up for release on July 8th, 2016. The date has yet to be confirmed but since it's Marvel's most immediate project following next summer's release of Ant-Man and this is the next date in their long list of reservations, it just makes sense logically. More below!
This weekend, Marvel's out of this world adventure Guardians of the Galaxy became an even bigger success as it became the first film this year to cross the $300 million mark in both the domestic and foreign box office charts. That's not an easy feat, and not even Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The LEGO Movie reached that milestone. And as a sort of celebration, we thought it would be cool to highlight an awesome fanmade video paying tribute to the Marvel film. For those who don't know, the video game Destiny was released this week (from the creators of Halo) and it's a pretty big deal. And someone already took the time to recreate one of Chris Pratt's opening scenes as Star-Lord within the video game. Watch!
For some reason, there have been rumors that Marvel Studios will bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in another sequel outside of his already contracted appearances in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. But Variety finally went straight to the man himself while he was promoting his new drama The Judge at TIFF this past weekend, and when they asked about this rumor, Downey confirmed, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." Co-star Gwyneth Paltrow thought as much in April of last year, before Iron Man 3 was released, and it sounds like that's true after all. Read on!
Yesterday, there were some reports going around about an alternate cameo that Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee would have had in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of what ended up on the big screen. Rather than being called an old pervert by Rocket Raccoon, the comic creator was almost part of The Collector's expansive collection of aliens, creatures and other goodies. When our heroes arrive in The Collector's lair, they would have encountered Lee in one of the containers, not unlike the Dark Elf or Chitauri soldier we can see in the background (or the end credits cameo), and he would have flipped off Groot. So what happened?