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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.

‘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.