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‘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.

Vin Diesel reveals Marvel role?

- August 12th, 2013

After hinting for weeks that he’s got a role in one of Marvel’s upcoming movies, Vin Diesel may have confirmed which character he’s playing in a post on his Facebook page.

As Badass Digital first pointed out, Diesel posted a photo of Guardians of the Galaxy member, Groot, late Sunday night.

Deadline later confirmed that the actor is in talks for the role in the James Gunn-directed film, which is part of Marvel’s Phase Two.

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Diesel didn’t offer any commentary, just the picture, which was changed an hour later.

Last month, Diesel announced that he had a meeting with Marvel. He later posted a photo on Facebook of himself standing in front of an Avengers comic book poster. “Marvel meeting today,” Diesel wrote. “Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed.”

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Following that, movie fans speculated that Diesel could be appearing in GOTG and The Avengers 2 as the villainous Thanos. There were also rumours that he was being eyed to play ’60s-era hero The Vision or possibly the lead in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

But these latest tidbits pretty much guarantee that Diesel will be voicing a CG character in GOTG, which also stars Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro, Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close.

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Groot made his debut in 1960 in Tales to Astonish #13. The character originally came to Earth to capture humans, before he turned good and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Diesel’s upcoming Pitch Black sequel, Riddick, is out next month, and filming on Fast 7 begins soon with James Wan taking over the directing duties.

What do you think? Are you happy with Diesel possibly being Groot, or should he be playing a non-CG role? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to hit theatres Aug. 1, 2014.

Watch the new ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer

- March 21st, 2013

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Just over 40 seconds into the new trailer for Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch snarls what is destined to become the catchphrase for this summer’s Star Trek sequel: “Have I got your attention now?”

Rehashing a few scenes from the original clip that debuted late last year, Trekkies get more insight into the Cumberbatch’s villain. Something happened in London, and “the man who did it was one of our top agents,” Peter Weller, who plays Admiral Marcus, says.

Cumberbatch is motivated by revenge – commanders have committed a crime he can’t forgive. No one is safe, and after we see him launch a helicopter attack on Kirk (Chris Pine) and the gang, he cooly asks, “Have I got your attention now?”

Pine, Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekhov) and Karl Urban (Bones) pursue Cumberbatch, and after they catch up with him, he doesn’t back down; he threatens them.

“I will walk over your cold corpses,” he mutters.

The new clip reuses Cumberbatch’s “I’m better” line, and after watching this, I’m solidly in the camp that believes he could be the best Star Trek villain ever.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17, 2013.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ plot details surface

- November 28th, 2012

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With only a few weeks before fans get to see the first official footage from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, plot details for the sequel have started to surface giving us additional tidbits about what we can expect.

It’s been speculated that the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, might in fact be a younger version of Khan Noonien Singh. In case you’re a newb Trekkie, Khan was the memorable antagonist from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan and the original series’ episode, Space Seed.

A synopsis released by Paramount via The Film Stage doesn’t exactly tell us whether the baddie will be Khan, but does give fans some idea of the challenges Captain James T. Kirk et al will face in the new film.

It reads: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

Audiences will have a clearer picture when the first 9-minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness screens in IMAX theatres ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.

The new sequel is written by Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and once again will star Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Cumberbatch round out the cast.

The film is due May 17, 2013.

In the meantime, we want to know: Are you excited by the prospect of seeing a younger version of Khan in the new film? Let us know in the comments.

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