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Everyone is still talking about Sony Pictures' shocking decision to cancel the release of The Interview, one day after a hacker group threatened a 9/11 style attack on movie theaters playing the comedy. Several celebrities and filmmakers have already expressed their opinions on the matter through their Twitter pages, blasting Sony for caving to these hackers' threats. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, however, managed to find a bit of humor in this whole game-changing ordeal.
As you likely know, the filmmaker is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which will address one of the big mysteries from this summer's blockbuster: who is the father of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)? The director already revealed in August that Peter Quill's father will not be the same as in the Marvel comics, J'son of Spartax, but that's about all we know so far. Just a few hours after Sony's decision, James Gunn »
By their very nature, comic book movies are a little bit silly. They involve masked, costumed vigilantes – often with superpowers – going around fighting ninjas, monsters, gods and aliens. The more you think about it, the sillier it actually sounds, but the fact is some absolutely fantastic cinematic works have been produced using such material.
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, X-Men, X-Men 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy are just a few examples of comic book movies that have not only proven to be huge financial successes at the box office, but also big hits with critics – something that you’d never believe if the only comic book movies you’d seen were offerings like Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Howard The Duck, Batman And Robin, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex and Green Lantern.
With all that having been said, »
- K.J. Stewart
Michael Stevens for "The Good" :
"As a comic book collector with several near mint runs of Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" (2008), there is no doubt I am a 'fan' of this fun, ambitious and impressive-looking film...
What is Good :
"Art direction and production design.
"'Star-Lord' (Chris Pratt) taking out bad guys while hooked on a feeling.
"'Moonage Daydream' by David Bowie applied to a futuristic landscape.
"'Rocket Raccoon' (Bradley Cooper) as cute as a dancing dog.
"Zoe Saldana as 'Gamora'...
...either in a fighting or seductive mood.
"'Groot' and his Et-like, spiritual ability to channel higher powers.
- Michael Stevens
But was the studio entirely honest about its latest superhero movie... or was it just Space Avengers?
Screen Junkies has poked fun at yet another cinematic success with its latest honest trailer for the film.
Describing Marvel Studios as "a movie studio drunk on its own power", the video makes some plausible comparisons to The Avengers.
Watch the real trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy below and decide for yourself: »
Welcome To Issue 72!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
Wonder Woman has a director in Michelle MacLaren! This woman has made some good TV from Co-ep on the X-Files where she tried her hand at directing, through Breaking Bad with fellow X-alum Vince Gilligan to the most impactful director on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now, she’ll be stepping into Warner Bro’s DC Universe for Gal Godot’s headlining effort in 2017.
The success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie didn’t just reinvigorate that Marvel franchise. It’s about to resuscitate an underground Marvel character George Lucas all but killed in the Eighties. Marvel Comics has announced it about to start publication of a new Howard the Duck comic book. On March 4, Howard the Duck #1 by […]
The post New Howard the Duck Comic Book Announced; See First Images appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But who needs turkey, when you can have a little duck?! That’s right – he’s back! The fabulous fowl. The web-footed wonder. The denizen of Duckworld. The one and only Howard the Duck; and he’s coming to you this March for Howard the Duck #1 – a brand new ongoing series from writer Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Original Sins) and artist Joe Quinones (Savage Wolverine, Harley Quinn)
Straight from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy…post-credits scene comes the comic book return of the Marvel Universe’s most satirical sort. Join him as he takes on the Marvel Universe’s strangest cases only a talking duck can quack as New York City’s newest private investigator! New York City is full of the strange and the weird – a talking duck gumshoe shouldn’t be that much of a shocker!
Of the title’s new direction, »
- Phil Wheat
Fans loved it when Howard the Duck made a surprise cameo in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. It was one of the best Marvel cameos ever, and it's awesome to know that the character actually exists in Marvel's cinematic universe. Apparently, all the love that Howard has been getting inspired Marvel to bring the character back to the comics with a new series.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Howard the Duck will return in comic book form this spring, and it comes from writer Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and artist Joe Quinones. According to Zdarsky, Howard is a pissed-off private investigator who is not very happy about being stuck on Earth. He goes on to talk about the character and explain what he's doing with him, saying,
"He's an everyman who happens to be a duck! He's angry, exasperated, and he's had it up to here with the world around him, »
- Joey Paur
Marvel’s Howard the Duck all but disappeared after his eponymous 1986 film failed miserably and entered the pantheon of terrible comic book movies, but the character is primed to make a triumphant return, thanks in no small part to a funny post-credits scene in this year’s runaway hit, Guardians of the Galaxy.
While he may not be coming back to the big screen anytime soon, the anthropomorphic mallard is getting his new ongoing comic series, from Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and artist Joe Quinones (Batman ’66).
The comic hits store shelves on March 4th, 2015, and will be lighter and more humorous than classic Howard tales. In an interview with EW, Zdarsky commented on what to expect from the new series, saying:
“[My] ultimate goal is to make it funny. Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humor into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there… »
- James Garcia
Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Joe Quinones (Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell) are collaborating on the title.
"He's an everyman who happens to be a duck," Zdarsky told Entertainment Weekly. "He's angry, exasperated, and he's had it up to here with the world around him, but he's trapped here. Infinitely relatable.
"I'm just going to continue exploring those contrasts, but my ultimate goal is to make it funny. Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humour into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there. God, I'm picturing the reviews now: 'Some chuckles here and there'. »
Guardians of the Galaxy was great and all, but how about that post-credits scene? You know, the one with the anthropomorphic duck? What's his deal? Glad you asked. Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, Howard the Duck is one of the strangest and most subversive characters in the Marvel canon—that unfortunately is mostly known from a terrible film in the 1980s. But, as the old saying goes, the road to redemption starts after the credits of a blockbuster movie—and Marvel is bringing Howard back in a big way. This Spring, the publisher will launch Howard the Duck, »
- Joshua Rivera
These days, Marvel seemingly just print anything in the hope that it might pay off (though the fact that their monthly solicitations almost always have at least one or two cancellations indicates otherwise), and the latest character to get his own series is Howard the Duck. Yay? To be fair, the series has a quality creative team in the form of Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones, and a devoted fanbase who will likely be very pleased by this news. Set on Earth, the cosmic character will apparently be a P.I. in this book, something which sounds like quite a bit of fun! "I love the contrast of Howard against both the normal world of us hairless apes and the weird worlds of Man-Things and Dr. Stranges and Spider-Mans. ‘Cause he doesn’t fit into either, really," says Zdarsky. "I’m just going to continue exploring those contrasts, but »
With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 24, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Stephane Ceretti about supervising the visual effects work required to bring the cinematic vision of James Gunn and Marvel to the big screen…
“Before we met, James had written a 15 page document of references and visual things he had in his mind,” recalls Stephane Ceretti who was called upon to produce the visual effects for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) under the direction of filmmaker James Gunn (Slither). “He always wanted to do things where you had a mixture of beautiful and ugly within the same frame. We talked about Forbidden Planet  and all of these classic Sci-Fi movies that were colourful and vibrant. The emphasis was on the characters all of the time, and getting Rocket and Groot to look good and be animated in the right way.” Music plays »
- Trevor Hogg
There are all kinds of fantastic Easter Eggs hidden within the Collector.s Museum in Guardians of the Galaxy. There.s Dark Elves, Chitauri, Frost Giants, and even special appearances from Howard The Duck, Cosmo the Spacedog and the slugs from Slither. Of all the items, though, there is one that Marvel fans have been speculating about for months: the giant cocoon. Many have wondered if organic growth chamber could be the one that belongs to the heroic Marvel Comics character Adam Warlock . but was that director James Gunn.s original intention? According to the director.s most recent comments, they may not be. Speaking during a Q&A session held yesterday to promote the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD and Blu-ray, Gunn was asked if it was specifically Adam Warlock.s cocoon that can be seen in the movie (and in the post-credits sequence of »
A new featurette has been released for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It gives us a behind- the-scenes look at the film and offers up some interesting insight into the secrets of the Collector’s Lair. Benicio del Toro also discusses his character, who collects artifacts and organisms from across the Marvel Universe. The lair he had in this movie was packed full of all kinds of Easter eggs. Gunn points out some of the major ones in the video, such as the Frost Giants, Howard the Duck, his creatures from Slither, and more.
We also have a deleted scene from the movie for you to watch that features an intense confrontation between Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Thanks to EW and IGN for the videos. The Blu-ray and DVD for this movie will be released on December 9th!
- Joey Paur
The ending of Guardians of the Galaxy was pretty perfect and left audiences feeling good. Star-Lord throws in his new “Awesome Mix Tape," and it cuts to a montage of shots featuring the heroes of the story.
Director James Gunn revealed at a press event for the Blu-ray/DVD of the film that the final montage was originally going to include three other characters. Those characters are Nebula (Karen Gillan), The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), and Grandpa Quill (Gregg Henry). All of the scenes were shot, but they weren’t used in the final cut of the film.
/Film got an update from Gunn on what those cut scenes entailed, and he describes them in the quote below:
“There are three characters that got cut out [of the ‘Ain't No Mountain High Enough’ montage]: Nebula, the Collector and Grandpa Quill. Nebula and Collector we decided, at a certain point, they’re kind of bad guys in the first movie. »
- Joey Paur
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Guardians Of The Galaxy's ending.
Something of a departure for Marvel, Guardians Of The Galaxy rode to box office victory on a wave of catchy music, comedy and sheer swagger. That swagger was thanks in no small part to James Gunn, who brought his boyish style of filmmaking to Marvel's space opera comic.
As you may remember, Guardians ended on a high, with a series of shots cut to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Ain't No Mountain High Enough. For a number of reasons, a couple of scenes were removed from this sequence. According to James Gunn's recent interview with Slash Film, the scenes would have taken us back to Earth to check in on Grandpa Quill (you guessed it, Peter Quill's grandpa, played »
End the calendar year with a bang this New Year’s Eve as high-tech weapons, high-stakes missions and high-octane adventure come to a comic shop near you with S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – the debut issue of one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year. Written by Eisner-award winning writer Mark Waid and drawn by a rotating crew of artists including Carlos Pacheco, Humberto Ramos, Alan Davis and more – each issue of S.H.I.E.L.D. teams Special Agent Phil Coulson and his team with the best and brightest the Marvel Universe has to offer. From Thor to Ms. Marvel to Captain America to Howard the Duck.
In the words of Marvel: If you’ve got the skills – S.H.I.E.L.D. has a mission for you!
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (OCT140813)
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Carlos Pacheco
- Phil Wheat
At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?
On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").
A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »
- Gary Susman
Well, well, well… another huge comic-book movie announcement, another opportunistic Minty article about it! I’m sure by now you’re all aware of the fantastic news Marvel have just released: Civil War! Captain Marvel! Black Panther! Howard The Duck! It appears that Feige and his team have pulled it out of the bag with another exciting slate of movies. But what does this mean for the comic-book movie market in general? There are many who believe such a high number of superhero films per year will oversaturate the genre. Personally, I’d love to see this bubble continue to grow – at least until 2019, and hopefully much further beyond that. But in the meantime, it’s not a question we, the consumer, need to be worrying out - as long as the quality’s still there. So sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy the next six years! Note: »
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