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Not too long ago, an image teased the silhouette of Michael Rooker as Yondu, an important character from the comic books on which the forthcoming Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy is based. Keen eyes might have noticed a quick shot of the blue-skinned character in the extended trailer that debuted last week, but now everyone can get a really good look at the character since director James Gunn has just revealed a new character poster featuring the man himself holding an artifact that we've seen Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) handling in pretty much all the trailers. Does it have something to do with the Infinity Stones?
We're bound to get a huge first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron next week at Comic-Con in San Diego, but until then we have our first look at the titular villain and his robot army thanks to the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. James Spader plays the bad buy, but there's no site of him since Ulton just looks like an alien version of Iron Man. Speaking of which, the cover also features a glimpse at a new suit for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and also his patriotic partner Captain America (Chris Evans). Expect some more images to surface soon and plenty more news tom come out of Comic-Con next week. Look now!
There's no doubt that Marvel fans and cinephiles were pretty annoyed that Edgar Wright had stepped away from the Phase Three comic book title Ant-Man. The Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director was a big part of the interest in the lesser known hero coming to the big screen, and due to some behind-the-scenes trouble with the vision of the film between Wright and Marvel, they parted ways. But the studio chose Yes Man director Peyton Reed to direct the film and keep the production on schedule for release next summer. Now Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has opened up about the choice. More below!
Just last month we heard a rumor that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might not end up arriving in theaters on June 10th, 2016 as Sony Pictures planned, even before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived. Now it sounds like there might be some credence to that rumor as co-writer Roberto Orci has revealed that he's no longer involved in the third film in the rebooted Marvel franchise. This is likely due to the recent professional parting of the ways between Orci and his producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman back in April, but a change like this puts the certainty of the franchise's release timeline into question. Read on!
There's been plenty of instances where sci-fi on film has informed technology in real life. Even though we may not be getting hoverboards in 2015, Back to the Future Part II still has inspired Nike to unveil power laces sometime next year. Now it's Iron Man that has inspired the United States military to build a tactical suit that is inspired by the work of Tony Stark and the high-tech suit that makes him a superhero. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) just unveiled a report about government plans for a project called TALOS, a suit that will be weaponized and bulletproof, not to mention increasing strength and perception. Read on!
Now that Marvel Studios has hired Yes Man director Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man after the departure of Edgar Wright, production is looming closer. But before cameras roll, The Other Guys and Anchorman director Adam McKay was hired to do a rewrite in the wake of Wright and Attack the Block scribe Joe Cornish leaving the project after seeing it all the way through development. Supposedly, it was the rewrites from Marvel One-Shot write Eric Pearson that didn't jive with the duo, causing them both to leave. Now two more names will do one more run through to polish the script as well as being the on-set writers. Read on!
Something good, something bad, a little of both? Whatever you're looking for, we've got it! With under a month left until Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters, the studio has started pulling out all the stops on their marketing (including an IMAX preview event and all the usual marketing tricks). The latest launch is an interactive travel website title The Galaxy Getaways, featuring destinations all across this universe that put our home planet to shame. The site doesn't do much besides provide information on the universe in which this movie takes place, showing various places like Knowhere, Morag and Xandar. There are a few interactive web games and some other nifty features, but it's just a cool site for the movie.
There's been a lot of buzz about what Marvel might have in store for The Incredible Hulk following The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was bodybuilder and TV series star Lou Ferrigno who first started talking about plans for another standalone movie for the green machine, and The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo echoed his sentiments. Then just yesterday, Ruffalo was specifically asked about bringing a certain storyline to the big screen: Planet Hulk. However, the actor didn't seem to think that was the story to go with to continue Hulk's arc. But now it turns out that may not entirely be true, but Ruffalo wasn't necessarily lying.
Along with rumors from Lou Ferrigno that another standalone Hulk movie was coming after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has since been backed up by star Mark Ruffalo, we also learned that motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was working on the film. Serkis had been working closely with Ruffalo regarding some more intensive motion-capture work to help bring the big guy to life in the Marvel sequel, and the actor's company The Imaginarium is performance capture consultant, just like on Star Wars Episode VII. But now we have word that Serkis actually has a role in The Avengers follow-up too.
Now that X-Men: Days of Future Past has come and gone, we're already looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Of course, despite being attached last year, we're not sure if Fox will bring back director Bryan Singer considering his recent legal troubles. But for now he's still hard at work on the sequel since he just posted a picture to Instagram of the treatment for the film. Dated June 6th of this year, it's a recent draft, and you can read a bit of the treatment that gives us an idea of how the film will open. And if you stuck around for the scene after the credits of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it makes sense.
For those who seemingly can't wait another month to see Guardians of the Galaxy in its entirety, last week we learned about a 17-minute preview of the Marvel film where an exclusive IMAX poster will be handed out to attendees. In the meantime, the hype continues by way of director James Gunn showing off some cool new pieces of promotion for the film. First up, he teased former "The Walking Dead" star Michael Rooker as Yondu, a small alien role in the film, though it looks like we'll have to wait for the film to see the full reveal. Second, Gunn also showed off a few posters where Rocket Raccoon and Groot each get their own poster as opposed to being doubled up on a single one, and Gamora gets a new one too. Look!
Just earlier this month, word came from The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo himself that Marvel was definitely thinking about making another standalone movie for The Incredible Hulk to smash stuff again. Of course, the comic book studio is certainly being cautious after two films featuring the big guy didn't work out as well as the more recent efforts from Marvel Studios. But with discussions likely happening behind the scenes, fans are wondering what they might get from a film focusing on just Bruce Banner and The Hulk. Rumors in 2013 had pegged a possible Planet Hulk adaptation, but it doesn't sound like that's the case.
Bring it! IMAX and Marvel have announced a special "IMAX 3D First Look" event for Guardians of the Galaxy, where they will be showing 17 minutes of footage. Yep, another one of these previews right before the movie hits theaters. The event takes place on July 7th (a mere 25 days before it hits theaters) at 7PM at various theaters around the country - tickets are available first come, first serve on this website here. This free sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX theatre locations across North America, and fans will receive an IMAX poster as well. Thankfully, the artwork for this looks awesome, and may make the trip out to see 1/10th of a movie worth it. The art, the colors, all of it looks just fantastic, can't wait to see this. View below.
Rock music has been pretty prominent so far in the trailers for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The teaser trailer fantastically featured "Hooked on a Feeling" and the second theatrical trailer used "Spirit in the Sky" masterfully. Now an extended TV spot is even more charged by rock 'n' roll with The Runaways hit single "Cherry Bomb" playing throughout. We get some great new shots of Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), not to mention great moments between them and the rest of the team played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, plus the folks at Nova Corps like Glenn Close.