Star-Lord's Father

Who is the father of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord? That’s the big question left hanging at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. The film gives us a couple important pieces of info about the character, and we know that he’s likely to factor into the sequel in a big way. Now James Gunn has clarified one point about the guy — if you’re a comics reader, Star-Lord’s father definitely isn’t who you think he could be. Read on for more info.  (Some spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy follow.)

Update: Now James Gunn suggests we could the character sooner than we thought. Precisely how that might happen is still open to question.

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Nova concept art

We saw the Nova Corps. in Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Glenn Close’s character as they worked with Star-Lord and friends to fight Ronan the Accuser. But we did not see Nova proper, despite a plan once being in place to feature him in the movie. Nova, like so many other Marvel characters (especially on the cosmic end of things) has a few different conceptions in comics stories, but in general he’s a uniformed human man, Richard Rider, who is buffed up by power and authority. He’s somewhere between a galactic cop superstar and Xandar’s own Captain America. Now we’ve got Nova concept art, detailing one ideas for his on-screen incarnation.

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Josh Brolin Thanos

The worst kept secret in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was identity of the actor playing Thanos. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige admitted years ago Thanos would be in Guardians of the Galaxy, and months before release news broke that Oscar nominee Josh Brolin would play the character. Even though the official announcement wasn’t made until Comic-Con, Feige and director James Gunn both talked at length about the actor before release.

But now that it’s officially official, Brolin himself can talk about it. And the fact he’s promoting Sin City: A Dame to Kill For makes that possible. One outlet in particular got the actor to open up about his new role and he talked about how it got it, what he plans to do with it, how far in advance he knows what’s going on and more. Read the Josh Brolin Thanos quotes below. Read More »

Superhero Movie Release Dates

Earlier this week, Warner Bros flagged nine dates for future movies based on DC Comics properties. Now, over the next five and a half years, there are 10 DC Comics movies, 10 Marvel Studios movies, and 9 Marvel movies from Fox and Sony on the calendar. So I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the future of the comic book movie landscape. Hit the jump to find a comprehensive calendar of superhero movie release dates tracking the announced comic book movie adaptations up to the year 2020.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Everything We Know So Far

Everything We Know About Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Guardians of the Galaxy is the biggest thing going right now, as James Gunn, his cast and crew, and the team at Marvel turned the film into a space adventure brimming with personality. Guardians has a huge audience appeal in part because it leaves some mysteries open to speculation, and therefore for exploration in a sequel. There are a few big, obvious character points that can be explored in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and quite a few small bits that have been hinted in the past couple weeks. Below, we’ve assembled everything we know about Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Note that full spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy should be expected below, along with some speculation on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and potential comics spoilers.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn

If you just directed the number one movie in the world, a film that grossed well over its initial goals to set an all-time August opening, how would you spend your weekend? James Gunn spent it working on the sequel.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy grossed an estimated $94 million on its opening weekend. That’s the all-time August record for an opening weekend, and a good $30 million over early estimates for Guardians. It was a time to celebrate for the film’s writer/director and everyone else involved in the film, but Gunn took to Facebook to thank his crew and producers, and to tell fans he didn’t spend the weekend celebrating. He spent the weekend working on the sequel. Read his Guardians of the Galaxy opening weekend thank you note below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 story

It’s a little bit unusual that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is not only in script development, but greenlit and dated before the first film even opens. It’s rare that we see that pattern of announcement. Naturally, writer/director James Gunn is already thinking about the Guardians sequel — hell, he’s probably thought a lot about it in the past few months.

The film won’t be out for three years, but if you’re ready to start your own process of thinking about what Guardians 2 might look like, some new comments from Gunn will give a few pointers. In one interview, the director talked about a few specific characters and relationships that will likely be explored. Get the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 story details below. Read More »

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn

How confident is Marvel Studios that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to work? The film itself declares the characters will be back not once, but twice, and they’ve green lit and dated the sequel a week before the first movie hits theaters. That’s pretty exciting. But it wouldn’t be possible if writer/director James Gunn hadn’t done such a great job on the first one, or have a strong idea for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

In a new interview, Gunn said he “has a good idea” for the second and that while he does have to worry a bit about connections to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, that won’t be the focus. Read More »

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