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Marvel Studios wrapped up their Hall H Comic-Con presentation with James Gunn ("Super") and Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World") announcing that the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has a released date. You will next see adventures from Marvel's intergalactic superheroes in July of 2017! Marvel issued a press released officially announcing Josh Brolin ("The Goonies") as Thanos, one of the most powerful baddies in the Marvel universe. It's a video message from Chris Pratt and James Gunn, who are in London right now. And they just announced Guardians 2 - July 28, 2017. — Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 27, 2014 Llega Josh Brolin (Thanos) al panel #MarvelSDCC #Sdcc #ComicCon... pic.twitter.com/sUvA0yUqLO — Gdc (@GeekDelCine) July 27, 2014 “Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We’re incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues »
Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014.
Directed by James Gunn.
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz and featuring the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.
Dubbed as Marvel’s riskiest venture yet in their sprawling, ever-expanding universe, Guardians of the Galaxy are not the household names that messrrs Iron Man, Captain America and Thor are. In fact, there are many who didn’t even know that this band of misfits existed at all, buried deep beneath The Dark World’s, Winter Soldier’s and terrorists named after fruit. Once Guardians has swept you up into its dizzying spell, you’ll »
- Scott Davis
2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.
Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »
- Chris Cummings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Uncross your fingers, stop rubbing that lucky rabbit’s foot, cease your prayers to the Dread One Dormammu: Marvel have knocked it out of the park again.
Possibly their most daring gamble so far has totally paid off in the form of Guardians Of The Galaxy, a gloriously ramshackle-yet-tightly structured space faring adventure that just so happens to star a talking raccoon, a big tree, and Andy Dwyer from Parks And Recreation as a believable action hero. The way things are paying off for the studio, you’d think they had the whole thing rigged.
They must be gaming the system a little bit, at least. This is a big summer blockbuster where half the cast are CGI aliens, the other half are slathered in multi-coloured makeup, the “heroes” are a band of outlaws who just broke out of prison, and the director is »
- Tom Baker
I've had several people ask me now if I think "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is the best of the Marvel movies so far. That's a hard question to answer, because I think there are many different things that I look for in a film, and none of the Marvel movies scratch the exact same itch. What's safe to say is that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is the most charming Marvel movie so far. The primary ensemble (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel) is perhaps the most winning group of characters they've introduced in any of these movies so far, and while it's hard to figure out their dynamic when you just read their names together or even in clips, by the end of the film, this is a family that I would happily follow through any number of movies. I'm not sure I've ever seen »
- Drew McWeeny
If the wayward denizens of “Star Wars’” Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an alt-“Avengers” in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant — as does Chris Pratt’s winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai. While these “Guardians” seem unlikely to challenge the box office benchmarks set by their Marvel brethren, this inaugural outing should nevertheless inject some much-needed life into Hollywood’s sagging summer fortunes.
Introduced in the January 1969 issue of “Marvel Super-Heroes,” the Guardians have been spun off, recast and rebooted several times over the decades, »
- Scott Foundas
Director: James Gunn; Screenwriters: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman; Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, John C Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 12A
The fact that Guardians of the Galaxy contains a gag about semen (thanks to a Jackson Pollock reference) tells you all you need to know about this latest blockbuster off the Marvel production line. This is not the superhero movie you were expecting; dark and brooding internal angst gets traded in for a breezy cosmic adventure and crackling comedy quips. Marvel Studios has never been one to embrace the idiosyncratic or eccentric, but director James Gunn brings a fresh point of view to a genre that's fast becoming to sag with predictability.
Gunn's last film Super was a sly deconstruction of comic book storytelling, yet Guardians is a »
James Gunn's last movie Super was produced on a budget of just $2.5 million - you can add a couple of zeroes to that figure and you'll be close to the cost of Guardians of the Galaxy, a Marvel blockbuster that takes the brand's expanding cinematic universe into the far reaches of space.
Digital Spy spoke to Gunn about injecting risqué gags into a family-friendly film, having ideas for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and why the Guardians and the Avengers may need to team up to take down Thanos.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Read Digital Spy's review ★★★★
Watch Star-Lord in action in Guardians of the Galaxy clips
The tenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as assassin Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon and WWE »
Take the Dirty Dozen, subtract the Magnificent Seven, and you'll roughly get the membership of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a surprisingly winning space-faring adventure with a group of Marvel Comics characters led by Chris Pratt in a breakout action-lead performance. Taking place in the far-flung outer-space territories of the shared universe created in the Marvel Studios movies (“The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” et. al.), “Guardians of the Galaxy” takes a B-team of lesser-known comic-book heroes — no familiar faces like Thor, Wolverine or Iron Man here — and, thanks to director and co-writer James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”), wrings »
- James Rocchi
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
When Marvel announced that "Slither" and "Super" director James Gunn would direct "Guardians Of The Galaxy," it was a surprising choice. Gunn was a filmmaker who preferred to deconstruct genres rather than play into the usual tropes, but it turns out that was exactly the kid of spirit Kevin Feige wants for the space adventure. "There were scenes in his early draft...the scene that closed out the 17-minute [IMAX preview], when Peter Quill says ‘I have a plan…’ That scene was in an early draft. And that scene goes on. Just the five of them, sitting in the circle you see, for eight minutes just talking and bantering back-and-forth. And it’s awesome. It’s great," Feige told IGN. "My recollection is that in one of the early drafts we said ‘This scene is awesome—the whole movie should feel like this scene.’ And he went ‘Oh great, I was nervous about that scene. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kevin Feige should be riddled with doubt.
Each time the president of Marvel Studios has greenlit a movie, he’s been barraged by skeptics. “Iron Man” was considered too obscure. “Captain America” too American. And “Thor” too much of a fantasy figure.
With each movie costing in the neighborhood of $200 million to produce, these questions are certainly warranted. But so far Feige has proved his critics wrong, launching some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises: The nine films Marvel Studios has made since 2008’s “Iron Man” have collectively earned more than $6.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
Now comes the 10th, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuting Aug. 1 — along with even more raised eyebrows.
The space-set actioner, which will be promoted at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, revolves around a ragtag group of otherworldly misfits on the run after stealing an orb whose power threatens the cosmos. It stars Chris Pratt, »
- Marc Graser
That Marvel has put all of its future Cosmic film adaptation eggs into one basket – Guardians of the Galaxy – is a pressure-filled scenario. Never mind the studio, what about the man who’s been handed the proverbial keys to this potential Marvel movie castle? No added stress there, right? Surprisingly enough, Guardians director and writer James Gunn (Slither, Super) doesn’t seem fazed at all about collective high expectations, whether studio or fan-driven. Gunn’s main concerns are character-driven and that’s what we’d hope from a director who “gets it.”
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Gunn to discuss his potential blockbuster and spoke mainly about which Guardians he wants to put in the sequel, his hopes for increasing the number of leading ladies in Marvel movies, if/when he’ll get to make Thunderbolts, and ...
- Kara Warner
Though director James Gunn is pretty adamant that Guardians of the Galaxy won't team-up with The Incredible Hulk in any future films, that's no reason to not be excited for the cosmic team's debut on the big screen next month. In fact, the buzz from the footage screened for fans earlier this month and some advances screenings has been very positive, and to keep the hype going, Gunn talks about how great it will be to see this Marvel film on an IMAX screen. It's been crafted specifically for the giant screen with shifting aspect ratios, and the director previously promised a unique experience from the traditional theater. Watch! Here's the IMAX featurette for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, »
- Ethan Anderton
Guardians of the Galaxy blasts into theaters in about two weeks, and over the weekend the cast spoke to the press about the superhero space action adventure comedy (is that enough genres for you?). Director James Gunn joined Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, and Benicio Del Toro to answer questions about the way they approached the movie.
Gunn is known for his less conventional movies Slither and Super (maybe he should have renamed this movie Saviors), which aren’t movies that could have come out of the Marvel movie machine. Luckily, the Guardians of the Galaxy don’t really seem like anything that would come out of the Marvel movie machine either. But did he find the unconventional heroes daunting?
“It was, frankly, liberating. I think I would have had a harder time trying to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things and this »
- Mily Dunbar
Since the credits teaser at the end of Thor: The Dark World featured Benicio del Toro as The Collector, it almost seems like we've gone full circle since the character now gets his own poster for next month's release of Guardians of the Galaxy. This should be the final character poster following other supporting characters like John C. Reilly and Glenn Close from Nova Corps and the trio of bad guys led by Ronan (Lee Pace) also got their own character posters, but with Marvel anything is possible. It would take someone like The Collector to round up all the Marvel character posters that get release with every new film. Look below! Here's The Collector character poster for Guardians of the Galaxy from Imp Awards: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after »
- Ethan Anderton
If you kept watching into the credits of Thor: The Dark World, then this is a face you’re going to recognise. Benicio del Toro is back as The Collector in just a matter of days, and everyone’s looking forward to seeing how big a role he plays in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel has been doing a great job of gearing up ahead of the film’s release, which comes very soon after Comic-Con next week, and following the recent teasers of character posters and the first clip, the studio has finally launched a poster fronted by del Toro’s Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. The Collector.
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 »
- Kenji Lloyd
You can tell a lot about an actor by the roles they choose. While some are comfortable playing it easy and tackling the same kind of films repeatedly, Andre Royo definitely sets himself apart from that approach. Making waves as Reginald “Bubble” Cousins in by far one of the greatest shows of all time, The Wire, Royo showed viewers that he could tackle gritty. While a lot of people would ride that wave into the comfort zone, Royo has always pushed himself, with roles in varying types and genres of films, such as Super, The Collection, The Spectacular Now and beginning July 18th, Aftermath. Royo was nice enough to talk to Icons of Fright regarding Aftermath, as well as various other things. Read on!
Aftermath is such a great film, it’s very dark, gloomy, and scary, how did your involvement come about?
We tried to do the film with »
Just yesterday, Michael Rooker got his own Guardians of the Galaxy character poster as the blue-skinned character Yondu. Shortly after, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close saw their characters from Nova Corps get the same treatment. And today, it's a trio of bad guys who each get their own character poster. There's Lee Pace as the main villain Ronan (who is being puppeted by Thanos), Karen Gillan as Nebula (who is a descendant of Thanos) and Djimon Housou as Korath (who we've seen dealing with Star-Lord in the trailers). That should be it for character posters, unless Thanos ends up getting his own sheet. Look! Here's the three new character posters for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy from IGN: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, »
- Ethan Anderton
Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper to a special Guardians Of The Galaxy episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday, July 21 the same evening as the film’s worldwide premiere. The stars of the highly anticipated new film will talk about the project and debut exclusive content.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (Weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC)
You can watch the premiere online Here.
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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 »
- Michelle McCue
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