Guardians of the Galaxy Set Visit

In September 2013, I traveled to London to visit the set of Marvel Studios’ upcoming comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. On set, I was transported to new worlds with many different alien races, boarded a 3-mile long spacecraft, and talked with the cast and crew who were creating the magic you will see on screen this August.

I learned a ton of interesting bits about the making of the film, too many to count. (For example, it took a team of five make-up artists three and a half hours to apply Dave Batista’s body make-up each day, so in the 49 days of the shoot Batista spent over seven complete days worth of minutes in the makeup chair.)

After the jump you can read many other facts about the production of the film from development to casting, to special effects. I also recorded a video blog after the visit to give you a more opinionated reaction to what we had seen. And be on the lookout for interview transcripts with a bunch of the key cast and crew which will be posted on the site all this week. For now, read my full Guardians of the Galaxy set visit report after the jump.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

Personally, I don’t like to listen to a soundtrack before I see a movie. Music is one of the few aspects of a film that can be almost totally unspoiled because it’s added late in the process, often after the marketing is set. But, at a certain point a few weeks before release, it’s out there. The music release recently happened in a clever way for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now it’s happened for Guardians of the Galaxy.

What’s unique about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is that it’s totally comprised of pop music. Some of it you know, some of it you might not, but as you can tell from the cover art above, it’s an “awesome mix.” Just like the Guardians themselves. The CD itself won’t be out for a few weeks but because it’s pop music, you can essentially listen to the whole Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack right now. Read More »

Nova Corps merch header

Want to see a bunch of new merchandise and marketing materials for Guardians of the Galaxy? Has James Gunn revealed Yondu? Does Mark Ruffalo think Planet Hulk is a good story for a Hulk standalone film? Can you see the Gotham and Flash pilots at Comic-Con? Are there new images from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Is Nova in Guardians of the Galaxy? How much physical preparation is Paul Rudd putting into Ant-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Chris Pratt From Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy definitely looks to be this year’s weirdest mainstream superhero movie, which is really saying something when the others have involved time-traveling mutants and dueling 90-year-old supersoldiers. And we mean that as a sincere compliment.

The latest Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot includes new footage showing off even more of these “criminals, misfits, and thugs,” including Bradley Cooper‘s loud, angry Rocket Raccoon. Watch it after the jump.

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Ant-Man

Guardians of the Galaxy won’t be out for another six weeks, and Ant-Man isn’t coming for over a year. But films these big inevitably leak spoilers before they make it to theaters. Today, we have two juicy ones for you. One concerns the villain of Ant-Man, and the other a special Guardians of the Galaxy cameo.

Hit the jump at your own risk; possible spoilers lie ahead. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy photos

August 1 is coming very, very quickly. Then, audiences will finally get to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe go fully cosmic in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanks to trailers, commercials, posters and more, most of us have already seen pretty much all we need from the film, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as the Guardians. For others, maybe there’s still a desire for a little more. Maybe just a few images that show the scope of the film and offer an up-close and personal look at the bad guy, Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace.

That’s what you have below. Seven new Guardians of the Galaxy photos featuring the planet Knowhere, Ronan and even new shots of heroes Rocket and Groot. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy opens in just six weeks, so this is the point where Marvel really has to start the full-court press. The first two trailers, a couple of TV commercials, and those character videos have all started to introduce the strange team of characters. Now a new Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer gives some more detail to that crew: a thief, two thugs, a murderer, and a maniac, as Glenn Close says in this new footage.

(Chris Pratt‘s character ran down the same roster, with one slight difference, in the last trailer. I’ll let you figure out the alteration here.)

This trailer also contains some new Rocket footage, and a good bit of input from Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Read More »

Gamora Guardians Galaxy header

Not only has Marvel just released the second official Guardians of the Galaxy character poster, we’re gonna show you the second part of the Poster Posse fan art submissions for the film as well. You may remember the first part, which featured a gorgeous ode to Star Wars and has been featured prominently by Guardians director James Gunn. Below, see some more new Guardians of the Galaxy fan posters as well as the official look at Zoe Saldana as Gamora, which follows the Rocket and Groot image from Monday. Read More »

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