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 »

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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 »

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 »

Guardians of the Galaxy logo

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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Leaked Comic-Con Trailer

One of the biggest problems Comic-Con has had in recent years is trying to contain the exclusive video content that is meant to only be seen by those lucky enough to be in attendance for panels of anticipated movies and their favorite TV shows. Thanks to the advent of camera phones and fast internet speeds, it’s been harder and harder to keep content “exclusive” to the convention. However, that may change this year.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to Facebook this weekend to tease the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The filmmaker has already teased that the panel for the sequel at Comic-Con would give attendees a glimpse at the first footage, but fans asked when everyone else might see a teaser trailer. Gunn’s answer to this question indicated that fans wouldn’t have to wait long after Comic-Con, and also mentioned some kind of “new technology” that will prevent piracy from the convention.

Find out exactly what James Gunn said about preventing leaked Comic-Con trailers after the jump. Read More »

The Skrulls rights

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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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con

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 »