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 »
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After a couple years of wondering what Marvel’s biggest foray into space would look like, we can finally see the results in Guardians of the Galaxy. Many people, us included once in a while, wondered about this space-adventure movie being a risk for Marvel. But the company, along with original screenwriter Nicole Perlman and writer/director James Gunn, has clearly risen to the challenge.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a bona-fide success, and one which stands out from many other summer films by being colorful and fun. We’ve talked about the film more than enough; now we want to hear what you thought.
After the break, join the big open discussion about Guardians of the Galaxy. Spoilers for all things related to the film are encouraged. Read More »
I’m still trying to figure out how Guardians of the Galaxy works. It’s a movie set in an unfamiliar universe, it introduces several new characters with diverse backstories on numerous worlds, and features a talking raccoon, a fighting tree, familial death, and multiple villains, all set to seventies and eighties pop music. On paper, there’s no way the movie should work. But not only did writer/director James Gunn find the perfect mix to make it work, Guardians of the Galaxy soars. All of those elements marry each other just right to tell a singular, direct and entertaining story. Along the way there’s room for jaw-dropping and innovative action, beautiful visuals, robust characterizations and more laughs than probably all the other Marvel movies combined. Yes, Marvel has another winner in Guardians of the Galaxy. Read the rest of our Guardians of the Galaxy review below. Read More »
How much did Guardians of the Galaxy make on its first evening? Does James Gunn have deleted scenes held back from the film? Which actors have been added to Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? When is Lego Batman 3 coming out? Why are superhero movies so devoid of color these days? Which character traits are missing from Guardians of the Galaxy? Did a mega star actor walk around Comic-Con as Spider-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
As Big Two superheroes go, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a pretty obscure bunch. So much so, even the trailers for the movie poke fun at that fact. Still, you’d think they’d be pretty well known now, what with a $100+ million budget and the power of the Marvel Studios marketing machine to back them up.
And yet, that didn’t stop a few cinemas from getting these Guardians mixed up with a different ragtag group of world-saving Guardians. According to reports, some theatergoers bought tickets to Guardians of the Galaxy last night… only to be treated to a screening of Rise of the Guardians instead. Hit the jump to learn how it all went down.
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You may wonder why people sleep on concrete overnight at San Diego Comic-Con to see Marvel’s Hall H panel every year. You can find a small answer below. Besides the awesome news and huge stars Marvel parades across the stage, the studio is all about theatrics. The lights go down, a video comes up, and 6,500 people have no idea what’s about to play. In 2014, it was a retrospective sizzle reel to set up what’s about to happen. Marvel played a five-plus minute retrospective to pump up the fans and pass the torch to this weekend’s Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy.
We can’t duplicate the electricity of 6,500 people clapping and cheering in unison, or the fatigue and stench that results from the long wait to get in to Hall H. But you can watch the Marvel Comic Con sizzle reel below. Read More »
When Josh Brolin took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con wearing an Infinity Gauntlet, it wasn’t a surprise. Though Marvel had been very coy as to the identity of the actor who now plays the “mad titan” Thanos, the news broke a few months earlier. Plus, once you see Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s right there on screen, pulling the strings. Thanos doesn’t have a big role in this film, but he will moving ahead, which is why Marvel cast an actor like Brolin.
With Guardians of the Galaxy now in theaters, Marvel has finally released an official image of Brolin as Thanos. It’s a character you’re sure to become very familiar with as the Marvel Cinematic Universe transitions into Phase Three in 2015. Check out the Josh Brolin Thanos photo below. Read More »
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A lot has changed since I spoke to James Gunn roughly two weeks ago. In that time his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, has become the one of the hottest topics in popular culture. It’s getting so popular, in fact, that Marvel has already greenlit Gunn’s next film, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But two weeks ago, that wasn’t a certainty. The writer director was just happy that people, this journalist included, liked the film so much and wanted to talk to him about it.
In our interview, we talked about balancing the films impulses between action, humor and emotion; the fact he’s so active on social media and how Marvel feels about that; the introduction of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and some of his friends; Nathan Fillion‘s cameo; the humor in the movie, and more including the whereabouts of that classic blue Walkman. Read our James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy interview below. Read More »