This is a bit of a surprise, but also likely a good choice. We knew that Marvel Studios was testing many actors to play the big hero Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy. The last name that came up was Jason Momoa, as Marvel reportedly really liked the actor for the role. But he didn’t want it on Marvel’s terms, and so the studio moved on to new candidates.
One person who has been considered for a while, going back to the early test reports, is wrestling star Dave Bautista. He’s now taking the role. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Many of the superheroes that make it to the big screen get there because they’re so major they need no explanation. Whether or not you’re a devoted comic book reader, you probably already knew who Superman or Batman or Spider-Man was before you picked up tickets for their respective movies.
But then there are the weirder, more obscure ones — the ones non-nerds may not have even heard of. And as Marvel Studios heads into ever stranger corners of the Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, we’re about to meet plenty more of those. Fortunately, a new video offers a quick way to get the rundown on Marvel’s other cinematic superhero team. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Want to see some cool teases of the action in Man of Steel, or a rumored trailer description? Which major group might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy? What did Kevin Feige say about a Doctor Strange movie? Why did a Marvel fighting game fall apart? When will details of the mysterious upcoming Marvel Comics event be announced? Who left the Orson Scott Card Superman comic book? Want to see a new trailer for the Deadpool video game? Has the Iron Man 3 trailer get sueded already? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite the presence of characters like Thor and Loki, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has mostly been grounded in an Earthbound reality. But Phase Two seems to be taking a more otherworldly bent, with Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy on the table.
We’ve already seen how Marvel Studios does Asgard thanks to the first Thor, but Guardians promises to take us into a whole new corner of the MCU. According to studio head Kevin Feige, Guardians will be set “95% in space.” And yes, that means we won’t see much of the Avengers out there. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Over the past couple weeks we’ve heard a lot about the casting process for Guardians of the Galaxy at Marvel Studios. The film is the next big thing from the studio, and requires the assembly of a substantial cast to play the team of the title.
Chris Pratt won the lead role, and at the end of last week we heard that Jason Momoa had been offered one of the prime secondary roles. That was followed by some dithering about whether or not he was going to take the salary Marvel is offering. We’ve heard that sort of thing before, especially with respect to Marvel, which notoriously lowballs salaries for actors. Ultimately, Momoa has reportedly passed on the role.
But since we’re talking about this a lot lately, there’s some background to this dealmaking that sets Marvel apart from other studios, and it is worth knowing. Every studio tests actors for big roles in new tentpoles, but no movie studio does it in quite the same way Marvel does. The specifics of Marvel’s working method mean that the way things get reported are a little different from other outfits, as well. So let’s dig in to how the company does business, to get a better understanding of what some of the news reports mean. Read More »
The leap to the big screen has been rough for Jason Momoa, who until a few years ago was best known for roles on Stargate: Atlantis and the late-model Baywatch. The Conan remake didn’t do him any great favors, but at least he landed in Game of Thrones. Numbers tell me that not many of you saw Momoa menace Stallone in Bullet to the Head last month, but here’s the thing: the movie isn’t good, but Momoa lights it up every time he’s on screen. The guy is charismatic, scary, and brutish all at once.
Now he reportedly has one of the biggest roles in town: Momoa has been offered the character of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Read More »
There is a laundry list of huge questions fans have in regards to James Gunn‘s upcoming Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. The space-based film goes into production this summer and Chris Pratt was just cast in the lead role. But how are the cosmic heroes of the story – some of whom are far from human – going to blend in with The Avengers? Who will play the other roles? And how will Gunn and company create the team member who is an animal, and another who is a tree?
In a new interview, two members of the Oscar-nominated team behind The Avengers answered that last question. Rocket Raccoon and Groot will be created with a blend of full computer graphics and motion capture. Read the quote below. Read More »
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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and now Chris Pratt. After months of rumors, short lists and more Marvel has found its next major superhero. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball) has been cast as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, the 2014 Marvel movie written and directed by James Gunn. Read More »