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‘Guardians and Avengers will team up’: James Gunn

- July 24th, 2014

James Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, has some big news for Marvel fans.

And he’s not even at Comic-Con!

In an interview with Digital Spy, Gunn confirmed some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will need to team up, and the website believes it will be in an effort to take down Thanos.

“In the future, either some of the Guardians and some of the Avengers will meet at some point in time,” Gunn said.

It’s not overly surprising, as one colleague pointed out, considering the two superhero teams take place within in the same Marvel universe.

Different planets, sure, but what does that all matter when transporting between planets is as simple as building a golden space road. Thanks Thor.

Gunn also admitted he’s had ideas for a sequel in his head since he began filming this one.

“I wanted to set it up as a movie by itself, but I also wanted to set up a whole new galaxy of characters that we could play with in different ways,” he said. “I have a ton of ideas for things we could do, we just have to see how it goes.”

‘Avengers 3′ release date set?

- July 23rd, 2014

Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.

All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.

It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.

Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.

The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.

Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.

The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.

With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.

Let the games begin.

Marvel sets dates for five movies over next five years

- July 18th, 2014

Do you hear that buzzing?

That’s the sound of fanboys and girls everywhere collectively trying to figure out what the next five movies are that Marvel could have planned for their cinematic universe.

Marvel Studios made headlines once again Friday evening when they released the dates for five unannounced films that have already earned set release dates.

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Here we go Marvel fanatics, prepare to scratch these dates off on your electronic calendars:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

Although it’s difficult to speculate what these films may be at this current moment in time, I’m going to hazard at least one will be a Captain America title, one will be a third Avengers title, and one will most likely be a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.

We already know Chris Evans has at least one more Captain America film left in his contract, and most of the Avengers cast have confirmed they’d be willing to do a third title in the series.

While I don’t have any proof to back up my Guardians of the Galaxy theory, I’d like to think that considering Marvel hasn’t released a one-off title in quite some time, Chris Pratt and friends are going to stick around for at least a second film.

The July 6 spot is the least mysterious of the bunch, however. Marvel already announced the highly anticipated Doctor Strange film would be released in 2017, and if speculation rumours are true, July 6 will be the day Doctor Strange makes his debut on movie theater screens around the world.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what your hypotheses are in the comment section below!

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ set photo shared

- April 23rd, 2014

Marvel fans, has Robert Downey Jr. got a treat for you.

On Tuesday, Downey Jr. tweeted a picture of himself on the set of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

It’s a shot of Downey and executive producer Jeremy Latcham:

Even with the intense hype surrounding the new film, this picture isn’t the most interesting. At least, it’s not as cool as the set pictures of Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and on April 11, he brought his viral popularity to the world of Twitter.

He has tweeted 10 times since then, but it was his 10th tweet that had nerds of all kinds frantically adjusting their bow ties and thick rimmed glasses.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015, and is the sequel to the hugely successful “The Avengers” that grossed $1.51 billion world wide and became the third highest grossing film.

(h/t to Metal Arcade for the photos)

Hulkbuster will be in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

- March 18th, 2014

They’re bringing out the Hulkbuster.

That was the biggest reveal out of Marvel’s Assembling a Universe documentary that aired Tuesday night in place of its titular television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The Hulkbuster, which appeared in three different variants over the course of an array of Marvel comic book series, was developed by three different organizations in an effort to either control the giant green monster or defeat him.

Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, and his team showed off the first concept image of what the Hulkbuster will look like –in true Iron Man colours- as the gargantuous robot takes on its beastly counterpart.

From the colours of the Hulkbuster shown, and continuing with the general direction that Marvel Studios has decided to take for its cinematic universe, it’s most likely this is one of Shield’s Hulkbusters.

In a dream world, and I don’t use dream world lightly, this Hulkbuster would be one of Nick Fury’s, used to track down enormous threats in the Marvel universe including the Osbornes and Venom. Let’s face it though, when it comes to Sony giving the rights of their top superhero over to Disney, chances are less than highly unlikely.

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The other big showcase of the special, in relation to Age of Ultron, was the first concept design of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the first two X-Men characters to cross over into the Marvel Cinematic universe.

“We are introducing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and they do not start off being the best of friends with the Avengers,” Joss Whedon, the director behind the Avengers movies, said.

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From what I can tell, the concept of the two characters –which have been viewed as villains in the X-Men universe for the most part – is vastly different from Fox’s X-Men series counterpart. Whedon and his team have decided to stick to the classic look of the comic series, down to the colour of the costumes and their mannerisms while in action.

Having the two new characters, however, is exactly what Marvel Studios has continuously tried to do with the Cinematic Universe: expand it.

“One of the best thing about the Avengers is that it’s a shifting roster. The team can be quite different, and we wanted to explore that, so we wanted to bring some new members into the mix,” Feige said.

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Age of Ultron, in every aspect, is looking to best its predecessor.

Whedon explained the first film allowed Marvel Studios to explore the origin of the superhero collective, but the second one will focus on whether they can sustain the relationships they forged in the first one; an area that will be tested when two new faces are thrown into the mix.

Whedon did promise, with a smirk, that Age of Ultron would certainly be a much bigger cinematic experience than the first one.

““It’s going to be a little more grown up than the first one. A little scarier, a little funkier, but in the end it’s got the same extraordinary characters, a little humour, and yes, there may be some punching.”