nova in guardians 2

One character that has been the subject of speculation for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is Nova, the Earth-born hero who acts (in various incarnations) as a major warrior against the Kree and Skulls, fighting for Xandar and the planet’s Nova Corps in addition to getting into his own adventures.

Other members of the Corps showed up in Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ve seen concept art that reportedly represents designs for the character cooked up for the first Guardians, and some have guessed that Nova would be one of the characters set to debut in the sequel. Don’t bet on that, according to writer/director James Gunn, who says he wants to keep the emphasis on one single man from Earth.
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Who wants to direct a Rocket and Groot movie? Were those two characters in The New Yorker? Which Serenity actress is now on The Flash? Will Supergirl cross over with Arrow? What’s happening on the set of Batman v Superman? Does Gwyneth Paltrow think Pepper Potts will be in Captain America: Civil War? Do Marvel Comics exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? And want to see the rest of this awesome Batman utility belt infographic by Kevin Tong? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Apparently we’re not the only ones who hate the current obsession with Marvel-style universes. Director James Gunn has weighed in with a rant against “Hollywood’s new love of shared universes,” blasting the model as “flawed.” And he should know — he’s involved with the original Marvel-style universe, i.e., the Marvel universe. Hit the jump to read the James Gunn shared universe comments. Read More »

awesome mix volume 0

Awesome Mix Volume 1 did quite well for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Not only did it inspire the team on screen, it inspired tons of sales off screen, becoming the first soundtrack filled only with catalog songs to hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Volume 2 popped on quickly at the end of the film, too. But what is the Awesome Mix Volume 0? Director James Gunn revealed the playlist on his Facebook. It’s an eclectic mix of high-energy songs that were used in the Boot of Jemiah bar scenes on Nowhere to keep the extras hyped up.

Below, listen to all the songs from the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Volume 0.

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guardians of the galaxy problems

Over $330 million in domestic box office. Another $440 million internationally. A green lit sequel. You’d think everything about Guardians of the Galaxy was perfect in the mind of co-writer and director James Gunn. For the most part, that’s true.

Audiences truly embraced this crazy, flawed cast of characters as well as the delicate tonal balance he created for the film. Still, now that the movie is out and part of popular culture, there are two small little regrets he has about the film. One involves a cut line of dialogue, the other involves an Easter Egg in the Collector’s collection. Below, read more about Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy problems. Read More »

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Once Guardians of the Galaxy became a monster hit movie, it was obvious those characters were about to become part of our culture. Big time. So in addition to all the merchandise, art and the 2017 sequel, we got news of a new animated series. And now, Marvel Comics is launching a kid-friendly comic book to go along with other comics titles, which are aimed a bit older.

Below, we’ve got more on that as well as a stop to the rumor the new animated Guardians of the Galaxy Disney XD show has anything at all to do with the movies. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy fans were thrilled when Marvel finally announced in October that a dancing baby Groot toy would be out in time for Christmas. At the same time, though, it was hard not to wonder why it had taken Marvel/Disney so damn long. Wouldn’t the obvious move have been to have the merch ready so audiences could fork over their money the minute they walked out of the theater? Was it really possible they had no idea the film would inspire such demand?

According to director James Gunn, there’s actually a very good reason why a dancing baby Groot toy wasn’t ready earlier. Read his explanation after the jump, and then decide for yourself whether it justifies all the long, lonely weeks we’ve spent without a dancing baby Groot toy to cheer us up.

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James Gunn knows exactly what’s going to happen in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. He just hasn’t written it yet. To help promote the December 9 Blu-ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy (which you can read more about here) the director offered some intriguing updates on his next film, Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Gunn said “the story is written and that’s it” in regards to the film, so there is no script just yet. But he did say that he didn’t want to repeat what made the first film such a success, the film would delve deeper into each of the characters (and maybe even include some back story) and he feels liberated because he feels the franchise’s role in Phase Three isn’t dictated by The Avengers. Plus, he teased that the series might not continue in a third film, contrary to previous rumors.

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