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It's no secret that Guardians of the Galaxy is a box office hit, and another in a long line of successes for Marvel Studios. The sequel was greenlit and announced at Comic-Con just a week before the first film hit theaters, and fans and new audiences alike are fully embracing this ragtag team of space misfits. And while writer and director James Gunn deserves to be celebrating and lining up some other big jobs outside Marvel, he actually spent the weekend working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and took the time to write a heartfelt thank you to his cast and crew who helped him make this sci-fi hit possible.
While the scenes that played after the end credits of Phase One of Marvel's cinematic universe all teased the next film up to bat whether it was Thor or Captain America: The First Avenger or even just The Avengers themselves. However, the teases in the end credits of the films in Phase Two haven't always been as forthcoming about hinting at what's to come in future films. Iron Man 3 was just an amusing little scene between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier upped the ante with a big tease of what's to come in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and even Captain America 3. As for Guardians of the Galaxy though, the tease was surprising to say the least, and also pretty cool when you think about it.
Many were disappointed at Comic-Con a week ago when the 20th Century Fox panel didn't bring any surprises for their forthcoming comic book reboot Fantastic Four. All we wanted was a teaser poster, or an image of the whole gang together, anything would have satisfied the fans' hunger. Well, one week later, we get just a taste of the production from director Josh Trank. Apparently production just wrapped, and star Kate Mara took to Twitter along with her co-stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell to post a photo from the set. It doesn't reveal anything, but it's nice to see them all together. Look now!
"Ain't no thing like me, 'cept me." So says Rocket Racoon, a genetically modified racoon with a bad attitude and a fair point. The same can be said for the movie he's in, Guardians of the Galaxy, the cosmic superhero epic that continues the Marvel cinematic universe. For that matter, you can lay that dialogue and its meaning at the feet of the film's writer/director, James Gunn, who has spent his days since Troma delivering hard-edged horror and unbelievably cool superhero stories. This is his first chance at a big comic book story, and the sci-fi action, comedy extraveganza within Guardians of the Galaxy is cool, comical, and a cracking great time. One could almost be inclined to call it the best Marvel Studios film yet. More below!
Those of us who were online at the right time earlier this week were lucky enough to see the leaked footage of the test reel for a potential Deadpool movie that director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick put together with Ryan Renyolds. The footage has been around for awhile, and it's even leaked in better quality, but the timing after Comic-Con was perfect, and hopefully it showed 20th Century Fox just how keen people are to see the smart ass character hit the big screen without having his reputation sullied and his mouth sewn shut. Now we get a different look at the rest reel with a behind the scenes photo.
This weekend you should be checking out Guardians of the Galaxy, because it's just awesome (and let us know what you think afterwards too). It's the last film to hit before Phase Two's of Marvel's cinematic universe concludes with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it's been a long road to get here. At Marvel's Comic-Con panel last weekend, they wanted to remind everyone how they got here with a cool retrospective reel that starts with Iron Man back in 2007 and goes all the way through Guardians of the Galaxy today, finally revealing Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos, who is really going to shake things up. Watch below!
This weekend Marvel's bold attempt to make a lesser known comic book into a box office giant arrives in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy. Thankfully, the cosmic adventure will have the Marvel bump that has come from their superhero franchises leading to the big assemble of The Avengers, and that train just keeps chugging along. And with a look back at all that Marvel has done for their fans so far, the folks at MTV have pulled out all the stops, and decided to point out every single easter egg reference for comic book fans that has happened in the Marvel cinematic universe up to this point. It's pretty damn extensive. Watch it!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "All heroes start somewhere." Now playing in theaters everywhere is Marvel Studio's Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. So how is it? Does it live up to expectations? How much fun is it to watch Groot & Rocket? What was your favorite part? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. I am Groot!
We're just a couple days from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy blowing everybody away on the big screen, making what used to be just an obscure comic book title into a household name. And to give one last push to the film starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista along with the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, the comic book studio has unleashed a cool LEGO version of a TV spot for the cosmic adventure by Marvel/LEGO fan and YouTube star Forrest Whaley. It's pretty damn impressive, and it makes me want to go out and get some of the LEGO sets from the movie, or just see the movie again.
The main reason that most people know the name Tom Hiddleston is because of his turn as Loki, the mischievous brother who was introduced to moviegoers in Thor, and came to terrorize The Avengers in the unprecedented superhero assembly in 2012. The actor is well-aware of this fact, and has always been thankful and passionate when it comes to his role in the Marvel films. And if you really want to know just how thankful the British actor is for his role that director and writer Joss Whedon gave him, than you'll want to read the thank you letter he sent to the filmmaker after reading the first draft of The Avengers.
This week, Guardians of the Galaxy his the big screen, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more stellar sci-fi film that will truly make you feel like a kid again, while still packing some adult-sized action and adventure. And to celebrate the release of the Marvel film, Mondo has released a cool batch of posters. However, the bad news is that these posters were sold at Comic-Con in San Diego, and they're all pretty much sold out. Of course, they're still cool to look at, and might even make a cool background on your computer or phone. Plus, one of them is the cutest picture of Rocket Raccoon and Groot you'll ever see.
For anyone who saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you were probably disappointed by the bastardized version of the cocky, hilarious and deadly Marvel character Deadpool. The film took away the best asset of the Merc with a Mouth, and we've yet to see any real progress on a feature film version that would have featured Ryan Reynolds in the role, but in the proper fashion. We've even heard of a test reel that was done by VFX wizard and director Tim Miller for Fox. And now if you're quick, you can get a vibe for what a Deadpool movie might have looked like (or hopefully will look like) with a leaked video showing some of the footage.
We may be finished with Comic-Con 2014, and while the big Marvel panel was Saturday evening, that didn't stop the comic book studio from giving fans a couple more surprises. Earlier this week, several intriguing items from Marvel's cinematic universe hit the Marvel booth (like Loki's staff and Black Widow's slick new motorcycle), but today, the studio actually showed off a few pieces from The Avengers: Age of Ultron. One was the fist of Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor used to keep the big guy in check when he gets a little out of control. And another is the early version of Ultron, a drone cyborg created by Stark himself gone rogue. And there's one more that may be a little worrisome for Captain America fans. Look!
Another year, another Comic-Con, another exciting Marvel Studios panel to end three days of madness. This time it was the return of the Avengers. A few years ago, Marvel brought the entire Avengers cast down to Comic-Con and it was a historic reveal to have them all there, all on stage, for the fans to
scream cheer at. This year they tried to do that again, bringing most of the cast from Joss Whedon's follow-up Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon couldn't make it, but they did show us footage from Avengers 2 as well as another promo reel for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man made specifically for Comic-Con. After exiting the panel we took a moment to record a quick video blog with our thoughts and reactions to all the footage we saw today. Enjoy.