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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.

‘Star Wars’ gets ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’-style trailer

- June 24th, 2014

Every wonder how Disney would handle the advertising for Star Wars if it was being released circa 2014? Well, wonder no more. Youtube user The Unusual Suspect has uploaded a recut trailer for the original film that plays things for laughs, using the same songs from the Guardians trailer – Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” – for the soundtrack.

The two-plus minute ad doesn’t just use footage from Episode IV: A New Hope; there are scenes from the rest of the original trilogy (including my favourite line from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back when Han says to Chewie: “Laugh it up fuzzball”)

Check out the recut version and then the original and let us know which you prefer in the comments.

Marvel drops new clip for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

- April 8th, 2014

Marvel has released a new 60-second clip from this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy (via MTV). The new ad recycles some of the footage we’ve already seen in the trailer in which Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord attempts to steal a mysterious floating orb. Speculation is that it is one of the infinity stones from Thor: The Dark World.

Things don’t go smoothly, and when he finds himself held up by Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Star-Lord looks a little non-plussed after the rival gang hasn’t heard of him.

Then we get into the new stuff. Star-Lord drops to the ground and then rockets out of there with a pair of high-powered boots, giving us the first glimpse of his space helmet, as well as some of his intergalactic toys. And as a series of explosions go off around him, Star-Lord is seen running in leaps and bounds across the terrain of an unknown extra-terrestrial planet.

Pretty cool getaway.

It looks more and more likely that Guardians will tie in with Thor (a post-credits Dark World scene ties in with the new film).

If you’ve seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you’ll know that it hints at… Wait, I’m not going to spoil that for you.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1.

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.”