ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, 'Doctor Strange' and 'Ant-Man' get directors, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' continues its marketing surge, and Channing Tatum promises big things with 'Gambit.'
Guardians of the Galaxy
'Guardians of the Galaxy' is being post-converted into 3D for its upcoming August release, and will be shown in the IMAX format as well -- which is standard operating procedure for tentpole titles these days. But director James Gunn is working on both transfers, and is trying to make the IMAX presentation more engrossing by featuring well-placed shifting aspect ratios.
While the Miami Heat and the Spurs face off during the NBA Finals game tonight, a new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' TV spot previewing the upcoming face-off between these outer-space bandits and Thanos' minions will be unleashed. Ahead of the big game, Marvel revealed the new look, so it's time
When we first saw the villainous Thanos at the tail end of 'The Avengers,' fans knew what was coming. After all, you don't tease one of the biggest villains in the entirety of the Marvel universe without admitting that you're planning to translate the iconic "Infinity Gauntlet" storyline to the big screen. That probably won't happen until 'The Avengers 3,' but fret not, true believers: Thanos won't be hanging around offscreen for too much longer. He'll play a role in the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' and a new report gives us an idea of what he'll be doing in the film.
Stan Lee walks out from behind a curtain and emerges into Tony Stark's laboratory, now set up to accommodate cameras and press. Iron Man's suit is encased in the background, the floor is lit up as an enlarged replica of his electromagnetic chest implant, and his inventions, like J.A.R.V.I.S. and his particle accelerator, adorn the far wall. "I don't know how they did it," remarked the famed Marvel creator. "I can't wait to see the rest."
Stan "The Man" was in New York City to promote the latest brain child of Marvel Studios -- the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., an interactive exhibit for Marvelites at Discovery Time Square that allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of 'The Avengers' films and S.H.I.E.L.D. Filled with movie props and costumes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- including the Chitauri chariot and weapons from 'The Avengers,' Loki's scepter and vintage Captain America memorabilia -- this S.T.A.T.I.O.N. transforms attendants into S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and dives into the science behind the famed superheroes and their abilities.
After checking out this exhibit for ourselves -- but not before Stan, of course -- we sat down with the true believer to chat about this one-of-a-kind experience and what's coming up next in the Marvel movie canon.
We've speculated for months on who would be playing Thanos, the overarching villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Would it be Vin Diesel? Benicio Del Toro? Kevin Feige said they had the actor cast, but that they weren't ready to reveal who it was just yet. Well, they might not be ready, but that doesn't matter because the word is out.
With 'Guardians of the Galaxy' set to launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe into space and beyond, the toy companies are responding appropriately. After all, you can't introduce the cosmic side of the Marvel world to mainstream audiences without throwing the real nerds a bone ... and by bone, we mean cool exclusive action figures that can only be picked up at Comic-Con 2014.
People love universes.
Or, more precisely: People love fictional universes. At least, I hear much more about the Marvel universe and the ‘Star Wars’ universe these days than our own infinitely fascinating real universe, but I digress. This isn’t inherently a bad thing – it’s not too surprising that serialized stories, which is really what we mean when we talk about universes – are popular. If a person likes a character, why shouldn’t he or she want to see more of that character?
We theorized that Vin Diesel was secretly cast as Thanos under the guise of Groot, but, now 'Guardians' director James Gunn says that's not true and we're right back to square one. During the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' fan Q&A on Facebook yesterday, one fan did God's work and asked Gunn straight up who would be playing Thanos.
Today, Marvel dropped the full-length 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer during a Q&A with the cast and director James Gunn over Facebook, and we couldn't be more pumped to see this superhero space opera hit the big screen. From our first look at Lee Pace's villainous Ronan The Accuser to Bradley Cooper voicing the foulmouthed and sassy Rocket Raccoon, the new footage has plenty to offer fans of Marvel and this relatively obscure comic property, while offering some nuggets that you may have missed on first glance.
Join us as we breakdown the latest 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer and reveal its secrets.