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The summer movie season is officially over and that means its time to wrap up our 2014 Summer Movie Wager. If you are unclear, every year a group of us attempt to predict which films will be the top ten of the summer season. You get points for being as accurate as possible.

Like most summers, 2014 was filled with surprises and familiarity. The biggest surprise? Guardians of the Galaxy. In just four weeks, it outgrossed every other film of the summer including massive hits like Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and more. What wasn’t a surprise? Almost everything else. Of the three contestants (myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata) we all got at least 9 of the 10 films in the top ten right. The order was another story and is what finally declared a winner.

Below, check out the final point totals and watch our wrap-up video podcast.  Read More »

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Japanese Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest-grossing film of 2014 in the US so far, and is doing well overseas. It hasn’t even opened in some markets, which is why there are new Japanese Guardians of the Galaxy TV spots. And these spots are great. They focus on Rocket, Groot, and the bunch of losers as a whole. Each spot opens with some normal images of raccoons or trees, before going to the familiar images of our weird heroes messing up jumpsuited aliens in the prison sequence. The energy is great, and the super-enthusiastic Japanese voiceover doesn’t hurt at all. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy concept art

The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t exactly like our real universe (for one thing, it has superheroes), but it’s close enough that the settings generally look familiar. The Avengers’ New York City is our New York City, give or take a Stark Tower.

But this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the first Marvel movie to take place almost entirely off-Earth, and that meant Marvel had to create entirely new worlds from scratch. Naturally, the creative team ran with the opportunity, providing us with some truly stunning settings. Today, we have several new pieces of scenic Guardians of the Galaxy concept art, highlighting the Nova Corps capital planet Xandar.

Hit the jump to take a look. (Warning: Some spoilers ahead. But you probably figured that out already, right?)

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Lego Guardians of the Galaxy

Nitpick a movie all you want but if it works, it works. Take Guardians of the Galaxy for example. Of course Star-Lord’s cassette tape would never have survived nearly 30 years of non-stop repeated listening. That’s not how that technology works. But James Gunn‘s film integrates it so well, and the music is so good, that you can (hopefully) push that aside and just enjoy it.

Now, if the movie was boring, that little mistake could be exactly the sort of thing that you’d focus on. It would give you something specific to think about as the movie trudged along. Good movies don’t have that problem.

What good movies do have is a staying power. So even now, a month after release, not only is Guardians of the Galaxy likely to be the number one movie at the box office yet again, we can still joke about and enjoy poking fun at the film’s minutia. Below, see a great example of that, as some fans created a hilarious stop-motion Lego Guardians of the Galaxy animation dealing with the issue of the decades old cassette tape. Watch it below. Read More »

The Collector's Museum

Stan Lee has inspired the lives of so many collectors, it would have made sense for The Collector himself to have Stan Lee. That was the original plan in Guardians of the Galaxy. Over the weekend, writer/director James Gunn revealed his first idea for Lee’s cameo was to be a piece The Collector’s Museum. He would’ve joined the Chituari soldier, Dark Elf, Adam Warlock’s cocoon, Cosmo and Howard the Duck. Groot would have discovered the Marvel legend and Lee would’ve flipped him off.

Initial reports were that Disney rejected this but Gunn has now come out and said that’s not the case. In fact, he actually shot the scene and just didn’t think it worked that well in the film. Below, you can see an image from the deleted Stan Lee Guardians of the Galaxy cameo scene and read Gunn’s story. Read More »

jason-momoa-red-road

Dave Bautista did a terrific job as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, but there was a chance early on that the role could have gone to Jason Momoa. The Game of Thrones and Conan actor is now going to get his chance to play a comic book hero when he suits up as Aquaman for Zack Snyder and Warner Bros., but a piece of Drax concept art shows one look from the film designed when Momoa was thought to be in Drax’s shoes. See an artist’s conception of Momoa as Drax below. Read More »

Jeff Victor Catwoman

Could Benedict Cumberbatch actually be in Batman v Superman? What big purchase did Kevin Feige just make? Which character was deleted from Guardians of the Galaxy? Was Donald Glover in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Want to know what The Incredibles would look like if Christopher Nolan directed it? What are the latest memes based on Groot? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Gamora Guardians Galaxy header

Marvel Studios has been under fire lately for its lack of female superheroes. Yes the studio has Black Widow, Gamora and the upcoming Scarlet Witch, but none have had their own solo film, and there’s no solo movie on the books yet. This has people questioning the gender balance in the Marvel Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn think he has an answer.

Gunn appeared at at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA this past weekend and said he plans on adding more female members to the Guardians of the Galaxy as soon as he can. Maybe even in the sequel. However, he doesn’t think Carol Danvers, originally Ms. Marvel and now Captain Marvel, will appear as he wants to keep the cosmic and Earth-bound heroes separated… at least for now.

Below, read about the possible Guardians of the Galaxy female additions as well as a rejected Stan Lee cameo. Read More »

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