Marvel Entertainment will be attending the SXSW film festival for the third year in a row with plans to unveil “groundbreaking new initiatives”. The festival is almost entirely film focused, so expect announcements to be about their upcoming films and TV series. Hit the jump to see all their panel information. READ MORE
Marvel unveiled the full-length trailer for their latest hero flick, Guardians of the Galaxy, coming at you from Slither and Super director, James Gunn. I had my reservations when the project was first announced, but thanks to some great casting and what looks to be a solid script, I could not be more stoked for this galaxy epic. It may give Joss Whedon and the Avengers a run for their money.
For those not familiar with the source materials, films follows Peter Quill AKA Starlord, who becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb. He teams up with a bunch of criminal misfits from the deepest depths of the galaxy to save… the galaxy. Guardians stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, and Vin Diesel. The flick is set to hit theaters August 1. READ MORE
Francesco Francavilla has one of the most distinguishable artistic styles in modern comics, best known for his work on “The Black Beetle” or most recently his preview art for the upcoming “Afterlife With Archie”. This October, Francavilla joins the ranks of “Guardians of the Galaxy” alongside series writer Brian Michael Bendis. Francavilla is set to take over with issue #8. READ MORE
Entertainment Weekly has a look at the new design for Angela, by way of Joe Quesada. A few months back we announced that Neilg Gaiman finally got the legal rights to the character and that he would be bringing her back into the Marvel Universe. After the “Age Of Ultron” series currently running, Angela will become a member of Guardians Of The Galaxy for at least a 5-issue stint. Brian Bendis and Neil Gaiman are said to be co-writing the series. READ MORE
CHUD is reporting on a pretty insane casting rumor that, if proven true, would be a brilliant step for Marvel.
Says the site their trusted industry source tells them that Marvel is eyeballing someone that they already have a relationship with for the lead in a confirmed Phase Three projects: Dr. Strange.
Justin Theroux may not only pen the screenplay, but also star as Stephen Strange, Sorcerer Supreme.
And while we’re talkin comics, why not drop the news that “The Walking Dead’s” Michael Rooker will reteam with SLiTHER director James Gunn on Guardians Of The Galaxy, Deadline reports. He will play Yondu, who in Marvel lore was a game hunter of a primitive tribe native to Centauri IV, the first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun’s solar system. He eventually bands together with fellow fugitives to form the superhero team. Chris Pratt already has been cast, and Disney plans an August 1, 2014 release date. READ MORE
The character Angela, who has been the topic of a long legal battle between Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane, is set to reappear in the Marvel Universe. After the “Age Of Ultron” series currently running, Angela will become a member of Guardians Of The Galaxy for at least a 5-issue stint. The real kicker is that the series at this point will be co-written by Brian Bendis and Neil Gaiman, marking his return to Marvel Comics. READ MORE
Deadline announced yesterday, “Parks and Recreation” star Chris Pratt has been cast for the lead in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Pratt will play Peter Quill, son of a human and an alien, who grows up to become a NASA astronaut. Eventually he takes up the mantle of the interplanetary police Star-Lord.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” opens Aug. 1, 2014. READ MORE
Rumors were spreading recently about JGL’s involvement in the upcoming Justice League film from Warner, but in a twist there are new reports that say Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on the shortlist to play Star-Lord, in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film. According to Deadline, Levitt is “in the mix” for the lead role. READ MORE
After the announcement that James Gunn would be directing the upcoming Marvel adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, the news-front for the film was on the quiet. According to ComicBook.com, Marvel is keen on bringing Robert Downey Jr. into the film in his Tony Stark/Iron Man role. Interestingly, Downey’s contract is done with Marvel Studios after Iron Man 3, meaning he would have to sign a new contract. With the success of the Iron Man franchise and The Avengers, it seems likely Downey Jr. will be on board to sign a contract, but that doesn’t guarantee him a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. READ MORE
Rooker, who has already stared in two James Gunn films, Slither and Super, was rumoured to have been interested in playing the role of Rocket Racoon in Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. CBR asked the actor about the rumor, to which he replied, “Of course I would, are you serious? God, I’d love to. You know what, I’ve already done two projects with James Gunn and it’s an awesome project, so who would not want to be a part of that?” When asked about the role of Rocket Racoon, Rooker didn’t even know how the rumor was on the internet, but it’s clear that he would like to be in the film. More of his statement below. READ MORE
Slither and Super director, James Gunn, has been rumored as a top choice for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film adaptation, and today he posted on his facebook page that he has officially been hired to rewrite and direct the film. Joss Whedon called Gunn’s take on the superhero team, “twisted”. The film is set to go into production in the next few months, and is a set for a release date of August 1st, 2014. More information on Gunn below. READ MORE