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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.”

Hear ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rocket Raccoon’s voice for the first time

- February 20th, 2014

Fans who were disappointed they didn’t get to hear Rocket Raccoon’s voice in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, turn that frown upside down.

Marvel released a thirty second featurette on Thursday featuring the feisty little guardian that included a quick glimpse into what he would sound like.

Bradley Cooper, who will be voicing Rocket Raccoon for the film, explains that he’s an angry, feisty character who belongs in a Marvel movie “he’d like to see.”

In the featurette, Rocket only says five words, but by George, that’s all fans really needed.

“This here is our booty,” Cooper yells as Rocket Raccoon waves around his tiny gun.

While I still would have liked the voice to be incorporated into the trailer when it debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, this featurette still answers one of the most popular questions fans have had since Cooper’s casting was announced.

What do you think? Love it or hate it?

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: Marvel releases official trailer and new photos

- February 19th, 2014

After its world premiere on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Marvel has released the first official trailer for this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. And if you were worried about the departure from tried and true franchises like Iron Man and The Hulk, don’t. The two-minute clip looks like it’s going to be fun sci-fi romp in the vein of Stars Wars (yes, I mean the original trilogy).

The spot opens with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) trying to steal a mysterious sphere. When a group of armed aliens show up led by Djimon Hounsou (playing Korath the Pursuer), he’s asked who he is, Quill replies, “Star-Lord… the legendary outlaw.”

“Who?” Korath asks dumbfounded.

After that, the action moves to an off-world prison where John C. Reilly gives us the skinny on Quill and his space pals who have been arrested on Xandar including Drax the Destroyer (he’s been on a rampage across the galaxy in a search for vengeance since his family was killed); Gamora (soldier, assassin wanted on over a dozen counts of murder); Rocket Raccoon (he’s wanted on over 50 charges of vehicular theft); Groot (a houseplant that’s Rocket’s muscle) and Peter Quill (public intoxication sounds about right).

“They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Reilly’s Rhomann Dey quips.

“What a bunch of a-holes,” Peter Serafinowicz’ Nova Corps Officer replies.

The rest of the clip shows off some pretty spectacular action set to Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. 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.

Check out the photos below for more of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and his ship the Milano, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Benicio Del Toro as the Collector, as well as Rocket Raccoon (which will be voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Let us know what you think in the comments.

Guardians Of The Galaxy will be the final film in Marvel’s Phase Two when it is released Aug. 1, 2014.

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Marvel releases first image from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

- December 31st, 2013

Well, 2013 is not quite over yet. And for those of you not out putting the finishing touches on New Year’s Eve party plans, Disney’s Marvel has released the first image from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Due out Aug. 1, 2014, the movie was teased at the end of Thor: The Dark World, and follows the adventures of a lesser-known group of interstellar heroes from the Marvel universe.

Director James Gunn tweeted the news earlier this afternoon.

An official plot synopsis released to Variety reads:

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 Peter 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.

GOTG, which stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Benicio del Toro (The Collector), Glenn Close (Nova Prime), WWE’s Batista (Drax the Destroyer) and Zoe Saldana (Gamora), along with the voices of Vin Diesel (Groot) and Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), will be the second film on Marvel’s docket this year, following Captain America: The Winter Soldier April 4.