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Chris Pratt Reveals What James Gunn Told Him After Watching Avengers: Infinity War; Plus Two new TV Spots!

Everything changes in the McU this week with the release of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. It's amazing to see what Marvel has accomplished over the past ten years, and after this, it's going to be really interesting to see where things go from here.

A lot of fans of the Marvel films appreciate what the various filmmakers think of each other's films. One of the more popular directors who works with Marvel is James Gunn, and this was his initial reaction of the film:

Avengers Infinity War is Incredible. Wow!!!! And that’s all I’ll say for the time being. #Avengers #AvengersInfinityWar #InfinityWar

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 22, 2018

In an interview with E! News, Chris Pratt talks about a conversation that he had with Gunn about the movie after he saw it because he wanted to know what he thought of it. After all, the movie does feature all
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Adam Warlock Almost Made The Cut For Avengers: Infinity War

When it comes to Marvel Comics, Adam Warlock has a pretty long and storied history with the Infinity Gauntlet. And it turns out the fan-favorite space pirate almost made the cut for Avengers: Infinity War.

Asked if there were any characters that were floated early on in the creative process, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told Entertainment Tonight that Warlock, a renown anti-hero who was originally teased at the tail-end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, came pretty damn close.

Alas, the creative duo decided against a Warlock cameo, as doing so would have been a disservice to a character who really deserves a standalone movie of his own.

Well, there are some in the original Infinity Gauntlet series that are…Like, we didn’t introduce Adam Warlock, because it’s a massive backbend and you practically have to make an Adam Warlock movie to introduce him. He just can’t walk onscreen.
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Avengers: Infinity War Review

Avengers: Infinity War reviews, what are they good for? Let’s be honest – not much. Marvel’s cinematic branch has been steamrolling its way towards 2018’s inevitable roster shakedown since 2008’s Iron Man, nary a hiccup or roadblock to count. Kevin Feige has effectively reshaped modern blockbuster culture for ten years (and counting), all signs pointing towards this interdimensional doomsday event teased by Thanos’ first post-credits cameo in 2012’s The Avengers. Mission accomplished, achievement unlocked, and now it’s time to see what new box office records Marvel can break. Could Black Panther be dethroned already? (I’m doubling-down on “No.”)

Right, you’ve clicked here for a reason – who am I to deny some early hot-off-the-presses buzz?

“Was it all worth it? The origins, sequels, and spinoffs? Did Marvel answer our prayers?” Yes(ish). No mincing of words. Avengers: Infinity War could have been an easy victim of expectations and brand loyalty,
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Avengers: Infinity War Writers Reveal Why They Cut Adam Warlock

Avengers: Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have explained that including Adam Warlock in the movie would been “a massive backbend,” requiring a whole other movie just to introduce the character first. There has long been speculation about the character making an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, given his strong connections to the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet. However, last summer Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed that Adam Warlock was not a part of Infinity War, while cryptically adding that “he will have a future in the McU.”
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Infinity War Has Exactly This Many Post-Credits Scenes

While some of the McU's most recent movies have had anywhere from two to five post-credits scenes, the latest installment in the franchise Infinity War will only have one.

While this is sure to irritate many Marvel fans who at this point are used to having multiple scenes during and after the credits, and will surely want to see more of the movie once it reaches the end titles, it is completely understandable given the context of the movie that only scene will be featured. Next year's Avengers 4 is said to follow directly after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, so it makes sense that the credits of Infinity War won't need to do much to set up the sequel.

While the idea of post-credits scenes didn't originate with Marvel movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly played a major role in popularizing them. Since Nick Fury first stepped
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Premiere Draws Largest Contingent of Marvel Superheroes

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Premiere Draws Largest Contingent of Marvel Superheroes
The largest contingent of Marvel superheroes assembled Monday night in Hollywood for the world premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War,” coming together to celebrate the studio’s most ambitious film to date.

Chadwick Boseman, fresh off “Black Panther,” Avengers stalwarts, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, and newer Marvel entrants Tom Holland and Evangeline Lilly, who will portray the Wasp in this summer’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” were among the superheroes in attendance.

The long list of stars who walked the carpet to meet fans, catch up with fellow cast members and answer questions from reporters delayed the start of the screening by nearly an hour, but no one seemed to mind.

The premiere was among Disney’s most heavily-guarded and secured event in recent memory, with a large perimeter surrounding Hollywood Boulevard, which was closed in front of the Hollywood and Highland center. Attendees were able to
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige Not Opposed To An McU Horror Movie

Whether it’s the zany comedy of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies or the grand, operatic family drama that is Black Panther, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as rich and diverse as they come.

It’s also been inspired by heist films (see: Ant-Man) and full-blown space operas, so it’s small wonder why fans are now pining for a full-blown horror movie to release under the Marvel Studios banner.

Blade is an obvious candidate, given he’s already been linked with a possible reboot now that the rights have reverted back to the House of Ideas. Elsewhere, a Moon Knight solo movie was recently floated as a potential avenue for the McU to explore, and though he stopped short of mentioning specifics, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke more about opening up the doors to an McU horror movie during a recent chat with ComicBook.com:
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Phase 4 Plans Won’t Be Revealed Until After Avengers 4’s Release

In my view, something that’s helped to hold the interest of those following Marvel movies in recent years has been a clear picture of where the line of flicks will be headed. I mean, after you’ve sat through one of them, you know what to expect immediately following that and, perhaps, what’s on the horizon for the next year or two.

Oddly enough, we can’t say the same for what’s on the agenda after next year’s Avengers 4, save for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 – and we expect for both of those flicks to be rechristened before opening in cinemas. Still, True Believers everywhere are champing at the bit hoping to know what Phase 4 will bring.

Well, according to Marvel Studios’ boss Kevin Feige, no one should hold their breath. Here’s what he had to say when recently speaking with Den of Geek:

“We won’t do
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Kevin Feige Believes Moon Knight Has A Future In The McU

If there’s one thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe has excelled at, it’s making household names out of characters who were largely unfamiliar to the mainstream before they showed up in their current iterations. Think about it: Only Hulk and Captain America had really enjoyed major pop culture exposure in years prior, with Iron Man, Black Widow and Thor having been relatively unknown to those who didn’t read comics. There were cartoons, sure, but not all caught on.

But in the time since 2008, all that’s changed, as yet another crop of heroes consisting of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Black Panther have achieved similar heights. So, naturally, one would assume that many others are waiting for their chance to shine, chief among them being Moon Knight.

In fact, the hero with multiple personalities is someone whom True Believers have clamored for. Perhaps the folks
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‘Black Panther 2’: Ryan Coogler’s Return Is Not Definite Yet, but It’s ‘Being Actively Worked Out’ by Marvel

After grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide and becoming the third highest grossing movie in U.S. box office history (unadjusted for inflation), Marvel’s “Black Panther” is inevitably going to get a sequel. Chadwick Boseman will return in the lead role, of course, but will the same be true for director Ryan Coogler? Neither the director nor Marvel has announced who will direct “Black Panther 2,” but the studio is actively hoping Cooger returns behind the camera.

“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now,” Feige told Collider. “When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-‘Avengers 4’ movies until hopefully after ‘Avengers 4,’ which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”

Marvel has
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ Revisited: “He Didn’t Chase Them Away”

It would have been easy to make Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 do the heavy lifting of leading up to Avengers: Infinity War. It has two characters with a close relationship to Thanos, and the film is “in charge” of the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, writer-director James Gunn made a personal, separate, and unique superhero movie that is more concerned with family than saving the universe. Of course, saving the universe is a part of the story, but it’s almost an afterthought for the primary mission of the movie, which is to take …
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Kevin Feige Says Nova Has Immediate Potential At Marvel Studios

Though it might not seem like the McU can get any bigger than it is when you look at the enormous cast of Avengers: Infinity War, the great thing about the Marvel universe is that there are so many more superheroes yet to make it to the big screen. Thankfully, Phase Four will likely fix that, as it’ll aim to bring a fresh batch of lesser-known characters into the franchise, and hopefully turn them into as big successes as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Doctor Strange.

One such hero that fans have been waiting to see show up is Nova, and though he’s been rumored to be on his way to the McU for a while now, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige may have just given us our most promising hint yet that the character is indeed coming down the pipeline.

Speaking to ComicBook.
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Rocket’s Never Heard Of The Avengers In New Infinity War TV Spot

After two films, one Infinity Stone, and more in-fighting than you could shake a blaster at, the Guardians of the Galaxy are beginning to find their groove.

So much so, in fact, that James Gunn’s A-holes will be a tight-knit unit by the time Avengers: Infinity War rolls around next week. They’ll seemingly enjoy a great role in the Marvel crossover, too, even if the film belongs to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – from Hawkeye to the bearded Captain America, directors Joe and Anthony Russo left no stone unturned when assembling their gigantic character roster.

But from everything we’ve seen so far, it looks like the two groups of heroes won’t get along at first. We already know that Star-Lord won’t take too kindly to Thor – nor does he seem to be a fan of Spidey, either – and now, thanks to the new TV spot above,
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Guardians 2 Fails to Capture Lightning Twice: Journey to Infinity War Part 15

Guardians 2 Fails to Capture Lightning Twice: Journey to Infinity War Part 15
It is incredibly difficult to make true cinematic magic happen once. That's what happened with the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Director James Gunn was able to capture lightning in a bottle because these were characters almost nobody knew and there was no expectation, because it was quite plainly impossible to know what to expect. But once you let the lightning out of the bottle, it's pretty tough to recapture it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a massively entertaining, ambitious movie made with a lot of love, that, despite its best efforts, can't totally capture that same magic again. But still, it's super fun.

As we quickly reach the end of our journey to Infinity War, Guardians 2 comes as an interesting Marvel adventure. The next big Avengers sequel is just days away from release, and there are only this and three other McU movies standing in its way.
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Avengers: Infinity Bawl – The Most Emotional Moments in the McU

Matt Rodgers on the most emotional moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

There was a phase in my own cinematic universe when I couldn’t tell you who Tony Stark was, let alone a Groot, Thanos, or Stephen Strange. So it’s testament to the mega-budget jigsaw puzzle which Marvel have created, that not only have I been front and centre at press screenings or opening night showings, but the near-decade long adventures have bled into the conversations I’d have with my own parents. “Have you seen the new metal man?” or “Everyone’s talking about that new Pink Panther movie.” For the McU to take up part of their seventy year old memory archive is an impressive feat.

With that in mind I’ve sat through the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War, unmoved by the spectacle, and subsequently hit up my timeline to see the numerous “please don’t kill Cap” Tweets,
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Director Ryan Coogler Confirmed to Return for Black Panther 2?

Black Panther kicked off 2018 with a bang for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now the focus has shifted to Infinity War, which also features much of the Black Panther cast. Since it was such a success, talks of Black Panther 2 started up right away and many wondered if Ryan Coogler would be signing back on to direct the sequel. Now, in a new interview, the Russo Brothers seemingly confirm that the director is returning to the McU.

In a new interview promoting Infinity War, the Russo Brothers were asked about who has seen the final cut of the movie all the way through. To keep from spoiling anything, the cast and crew won't be able to see Avengers 3 until the world premiere in Hollywood on Monday, April 23rd. However, there have been some exceptions. James Gunn recently revealed that he's seen the movie, and heaped praise upon it. Joe Russo
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James Gunn Teases Amazing Surprises In Avengers: Infinity War

We can now finally say that we’re just a week away from seeing Avengers: Infinity War. After years of waiting, the event movie of the year and the biggest Marvel production yet are about to arrive. But, while this is an exciting time for superhero fans everywhere, we’re also entering a danger zone, as spoilers will soon be practically impossible to avoid.

And so, with just 7 days left to go before Infinity War hits screens, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to remind fans to tread very carefully when using social media this coming week as more and more details about the movie are bound to leak out. He also teased that we’re in for some “amazing surprises.”

Avengers: Infinity War opens in One Week. Just a reminder that there are many amazing surprises and spoilers in the film. So if you
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James Gunn Teases Avengers: Infinity War ‘Spoilers & Surprises’

James Gunn is warning fans to stay clear of Avengers: Infinity War‘s spoilers and surprises. Marvel Studios is inching closer to pulling the veil off of their biggest film yet. After 10 years of building the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio brought together every single hero they have in order to try and stop Thanos. It’s a crossover event fans have wanted to see for years, and the trailers have only increased interest in the film.
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11 Actors and Directors Share the Films That Define Them, From Barry Jenkins to Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, and More

FilmStruck, the streaming platform from Turner Classic Movies that specializes in arthouse and foreign films, has started a viral movement on social media with the #FilmStruck4 challenge. The company posted to its official Twitter page on April 17 an announcement asking people to share the four films that define them. The challenge quickly grew to include some of the best actors and directors working today, from Guillermo del Toro to Jessica Chastain, Barry Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Edgar Wright, and more.

Del Toro had a hard time narrowing down his picks to just four, so he posted two separate posts with the eight films that define him. Fans of the director won’t be surprised to see Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” included among his choices. Jessica Chastain split her list into two, one for performances that define her and one for movies.
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Sony Pictures, H Collective Sign Distribution Pact

The H Collective has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions to distribute and market up to four films a year.

The pact comes on the heels of an announcement this week that the L.A.-based studio had partnered with Vin Diesel’s One Race Films to nab rights to the “xXx” franchise. Upcoming films include an untitled horror thriller directed by David Yarovesky, produced by James Gunn, and starring Elizabeth Banks. They are currently in post-production on Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose” starring Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and recently acquired the rights to Aaron W. Sala’s horror thriller script “The Beast.”

The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley said he was motivated to sign the deal because he had relationships with Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution and Steve Bersch, president of worldwide acquisitions at Sony Pictures.

“Their teams are the best in class,
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