Before they rolled the dice and went it on their own with Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man, Marvel made some crappy deals with other movie studios which to this day prevent a large chunk of their characters from appearing in the now Disney-produced Marvel Cinematic Universe. The most obvious are Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, and Spider-Man (Marvel famously made a deal with Sony to produce Spider-Man: Homecoming, allowing Peter Parker to be part of the MCU).
But those rights also include many of the characters from those comic books. The whole thing is very complex, and ownership usually is determined by which comic book series the character first appeared in. For many years we believed the Skrulls rights to be locked up by 20th Century Fox, but apparently Marvel still owns the rights to some of the Skrulls.
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Even though it won’t hit theaters for over a year, we’re a little bit closer to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because production just wrapped on the sequel after shooting in New Orleans. Director James Gunn recorded a video on Facebook live announcing that Chris Pratt had finished all his shooting as Star-Lord and later in the day officially announced on Twitter that production overall was also complete.
Below you can get just a little peak behind the scenes with a couple photos featuring Chris Pratt and his stuntman who helps make Star-Lord look like a bad ass. Plus, find out just how pumped Chris Pratt is in the video straight from the set as he says farewell to the entire crew. The video also features confirmation of a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con panel coming our way, as was previously hinted at last week. Read More »
Nathan Fillion and James Gunn are good friends, so fans of the Firefly and Castle star were hoping that the director might give the actor a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, it appears that neither Gunn nor Fillion wanted to give him a role that would preclude him from having a more significant part in the Marvel cinematic universe, because he ended up having a more secret cameo as the voice of the blue alien who gets his sinuses cleared out by Groot in the Kyln.
In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 though, it appears as if Fillion may have a more significant role. Or at the very least, it’s a role where we’ll see his face on screen. However, explaining the role of Nathan Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 dives into some potential spoiler territory so continue at your own risk. Read More »
As we all know, the end of Guardians of the Galaxy is a little bittersweet. Rocket Raccoon’s big, walking tree companion known as Groot (Vin Diesel) sacrifices himself to save his furry little friend and their new pals Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Thankfully, since this is a comic book movie, he’s not really dead, and we see him on his way back to his big tree self as a little potted plant (who loves to dance).
Audiences were a little surprised by his sacrifice, however, James Gunn recently called attention to a Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene that didn’t make it to the Blu-Ray or DVD release, because it would have required finished visual effects. But as a gift, the director received a finished frame from the scene that would have given Groot a symbolic last supper, complete with the visual to go with it. See the shot from the deleted scene below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
James Gunn hasn’t been shy about his love for Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. He’s gushed, often, about how much he enjoyed making the first one, and signed on for the sequel before the first film even hit theaters. But even Gunn can’t do this forever. The director recently admitted that he’s “not sure” if he’ll return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, even as he acknowledged he’s “talked” with Marvel about the possibility. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been quietly filming for some time now, with only the occasional Sylvester Stallone sighting reminding us that the next adventure of Marvel’s motley band of space scoundrels is only a year and change away. But now, we have our first proper and official report straight from the set. Heck, straight from Star-Lord himself. A new video featuring Chris Pratt has arrived online, in which the always-endearing actor takes us on a tour of the film’s set.
But there’s an ulterior motive here: charity. Yep, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the latest major movie to ask fans to open their wallets for a good cause in exchange for swag and, for one lucky winner, a chance to come visit the set of the film.
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Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Deadpool didn’t just win the box office this weekend. It absolutely slaughtered it, smashing about half a dozen records on its way to a $132 million opening weekend — the biggest ever for an R-rated movie, and a whole lot better than many PG-13 superhero pics that should theoretically appeal to a much wider audience.
Naturally, this means Hollywood is scrambling to figure out how exactly Deadpool did it, and how it can replicate that success. And Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is very, very worried that these studio execs will take away exactly the wrong lessons from Deadpool‘s success. In an expletive-filled rant, he rips into Hollywood for failing to grasp the real reason Deadpool did so well. Read More »
Down in Atlanta, Georgia, director James Gunn has officially begun production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Not too long ago we featured some pictures that the filmmaker posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts, and now Gunn has taken to social media again with a post from the set of the sequel, showing off a new production title logo. It’s not drastically different than the one we’ve seen before, but we’re just excited that filming is finally beginning. Check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 logo after the jump. Read More »
Director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are already back at work down in Atlanta, preparing to shoot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, it doesn’t look like shooting has begun just yet, because Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker are still on the rehearsal stage in some photos that Gunn posted to social media. Check out the photos below along with news of a comedian joining the cast of the sequel. Read More »