Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Kurt Russell Chris Pratt

Any way you slice it, Kurt Russell appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is amazing news. He’s perfectly cast as the long-lost father of Star-Lord, and the fact that said long-lost dad is actually Ego the Living Planet goes beyond our wildest dreams. (Seriously: I don’t think any of us at /Film could’ve dreamed this up in a hundred years.) So who do we have to thank for this casting coup?

Apparently, Star-Lord himself. According to James Gunn, casting Russell was all Chris Pratt‘s idea. Because if you get the rare opportunity to choose your own dad, why not aim high and go for Kurt Russell?  Read More »

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Doctor Strange Guardians of the Galaxy Connection - Benedict Cumberbatch

About a week ago, director James Gunn pointed our attention to a piece of new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art which showed the ragtag team of space criminals turned heroes for hire. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and the infant-sized Groot could be seen jumping through the air facing off against a terrifying, tentacled creature.

Now a new detail about the creature in question hints at the possibility of some kind of interdimensional connection with this fall’s release of Doctor Strange. Find out what James Gunn said about the creature known as an abelisk after the jump and how it might connect to the Sorcerer Supreme after the jump, but beware of some potential spoilers. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 concept art

A new piece of concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is arriving in a new issue of Empire Magazine, but writer/director James Gunn has gone ahead and revealed it online. While this new images doesn’t feature any new members of the team (as revealed in the first piece of released concept art, which sits at the top of this article), it does feature the core team doing battle with some kind of slimy alien menace. It’s a fair trade-off.

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Spider-Man - Spider-Man Homecoming Mary Jane Watson Casting

Even though director James Gunn has a comfortable home at Marvel Studios after directing Guardians of the Galaxy and the forthcoming sequel, he has no involvement with Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, Gunn takes it upon himself now and then to keep the rumor mill controlled and comic book fan rage in check.

So when a rumor recently pegged black actress Zendaya as playing the traditionally white, redhead character of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the sadly unsurprising anger at this casting decision prompted James Gunn to respond. Find out what James Gunn had to say about the Spider-Man Homecoming Mary Jane casting controversy after the jump. Read More »

James Gunn DC Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn is one of the most active big directors on social media. If you’re not following him on Twitter or Facebook, you should be. He regularly talks very honestly about his past and current projects as well as the filmmaking industry at large. Yesterday the filmmaker did a Question & Answer session on Facebook, which included some good bits of intormation which I think is worth highlighting. He talks about the collaboration process with other Marvel directors, future Marvel movies, how he had an oppurtunity to direct a DC movie, how Guardians Vol 2 improves over the first installment and much more.
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con Panel

There’s no doubt you’ve already heard about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage that was shown at Comic-Con (and won’t be released online anytime soon). We did our best to recap everything that was shown, including the confirmation of Kurt Russell playing Star-Lord’s father and a cameo from Sylvester Stallone in some kind of key role. But if that wasn’t enough, director James Gunn also took the time to elaborate on some of the secrets and details that were revealed in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con panel and footage.

Find out what James Gunn had to say about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 after the jump. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con Footage

Ever since the Marvel Studios panel happened at Comic-Con this past Saturday, fans have been clamoring to find out when the footage that played for those lucky enough to be in Hall would be online. People who waited in the line the previous night and into the morning were treated to the first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, a hilarious mockumentary and behind the scenes sizzle reel from Thor: Ragnarok, a new Doctor Strange trailer (which you can actually watch), and an entire scene and teaser trailer from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

So when can you see this footage? The short answer is that it won’t be online anytime soon, and some of it may never be online in the form that it was shown in Hall H. But director James Gunn wants to make sure you know why the footage is being held back, and he explained as much in a video on Facebook, where he also put up a long post explaining all of the secrets revealed in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con footage and panel. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »

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We’re almost a year away from the next installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but the build up for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 began today in San Diego. Filmmaker James Gunn appeared at the infamous Marvel Studios presentation on Saturday afternoon in Comic Con’s Hall H to preview his next movie.

Among other things, we got confirmation once and for all that Kurt Russell is playing Ego — who’s Star-Lord’s father! — that Sylvester Stallone is indeed in the film, and that Chris Sullivan is playing Taserface in the movie.

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guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 concept art

Before we saw a single frame of actual footage from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, we saw concept art of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket standing in a line, adopting their most dramatic superhero poses. And now, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is following a similar path. Before official set photos and before a trailer of any kind, we have our first look at the new team line-up via a piece of very cool concept art. And wouldn’t you know it? The original five members are now joined by few new and familiar faces.

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