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Thanos, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver first looks in new Marvel video

- August 1st, 2014

Thanos, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver: Three names Marvel aficionados are going to want to acquaint themselves with.

Marvel Studios released a five and a half minute video Thursday re-examining the tiresome crusades their billion dollar superhero team trekked upon in their first cinematic phase, before launching into an in-depth look of the new misfit guardians stepping up to the plate.

While the first half is a delight, a nostalgic remembrance of the reason Marvel’s blockbusters continue to win us over with each new release, the juiciest parts occur around the middle of the video, with first glimpses of mega villain Thanos and the two aforementioned X-Men characters, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Reader be warned, from this moment on there will be some Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers and fangirl musings.

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of Thanos’ highly anticipated scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Humans, they are not the cowering wretches we were promised,” Thanos’ eerie monotonous voice croaks out, his face hidden behind a metal face plate. “To challenge them, is to court death.”

Although it’s a small glimpse, we can also see his giant pod floating aimlessly in space, with a universe of potential possibilities of where he could end up.

Speculation has been floating around for quite some time that some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will have to team up to defeat Thanos, most likely in the third Avengers film due out in 2018.

If that’s true, Thanos still needs to kick around for quite some time as we still have a second Guardians of the Galaxy film and the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to get through.

While chances are slim, there is still a possibility Thanos appears briefly in Age of Ultron. He already exists in the Avengers world (remember Loki’s deal with the demonic villain in the original movie), and we already know that Loki fakes his death in Thor: The Dark World in an attempt to reclaim the throne he’s so viciously desires.

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, also confirmed that some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will have to meet up to take down Thanos…eventually.

Does this necessarily point to Thanos appearing? Not really, but there is a lingering hope that Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige are planning multiple glimpses of Thanos before the final epic battle.

The video also treats us to a quick look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, however, it won’t be new footage for those who stayed to watch the post-credit scenes of Thor: The Dark World.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the only two characters that can legally be shared between Fox and Marvel Studios, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any mention of their father, Magneto, or any of the other mutants living within the Marvel comic book universe in Age of Ultron.

I’m leaning toward that probably not happening. Disney isn’t going to risk a lawsuit from Fox.

We’ll just ignore the elephant in the room and treat Fox like the illegitimate child they often times appear to be.

James Gunn to write, direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel

- July 25th, 2014

James Gunn will be stepping behind the lens a second time for Marvel, sources have confirmed.

Nicole Perlman, Gunn’s co-writer on the movie, confirmed to The Wrap on Friday at San Diego Comic Con that Gunn and Marvel have signed a contract for the blockbuster’s sequel.

“It’s a decision that’s based on what the buzz is, what the box office predication is,” Pearlman told The Wrap. “James will be directing Guardians 2, so he would also be writing Guardians 2,” Pearlman confirmed.

Gunn had previously said he would be up to making a sequel, confessing in various interviews he began thinking about a sequel since the moment they began production on the most recent film.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is releasing world wide on August 2, and is expected to make at least $60 million over its opening weekend.

‘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.”

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!

17-minute ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ preview in Imax July 7

- June 27th, 2014

Marvel is giving fans a sneak peek at its next summer blockbuster – Guardians of the Galaxy – in select Imax theatres on July 7 at 7 p.m. before the film opens wide Aug. 1.

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The company made the announcement via its Facebook page earlier today. Fans who attend the preview will also receive a limited edition collectible Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Imax poster. The movie will be the last in Marvel’s Phase 2 before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres next summer.

Here is the official synopsis from the film’s website:

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Tickets for the July 7 preview are free, and currently available through the film’s official Facebook page.