One of the big cliffhangers teased at the end of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was the identity of Star-Lord's father. This left me slightly confused in the theater considering Quill's father in the comics - J'son - was widely known and largely uninteresting. But, director James Gunn is going on the record as saying that 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' will veer from comic book canon and create a new identity for Peter Quill, including a new dad. So, who is Star-Lord's father?
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When it was announced that Josh Brolin would be the actor behind the villainous "Mad Titan" Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you were hard-pressed to find anyone with a bad thing to say about it. You don't complain when an actor as good as Brolin takes on one of the most famous and powerful comic book supervillains of all time. In true Marvel Studios fashion, the actor has remained fairly quiet about his work on the character, but he recently spilled the first details about the part and his role in the Marvel movies.
We first met the cinematic version of Thanos in 2012 -- his face smiling at us during a mid-credits sequence of ‘The Avengers,’ there to let us know that this guy is the mastermind behind the whole operation. OK then! Eventually we learn that Thanos is trying to collect the Infinity Stones, because if he has those, he will become a god. Fair enough. Though, now, after ten movies in the Marvel cinematic universe – ten! – Thanos has a grand total of zero Infinity Stones. So far, Thanos is terrible at being a supervillain.
Earlier this week, Marvel announced their schedule through 2019 and it included...well, a lot of dates. So far, there are few titles actually announced, but Marvel president Kevin Feige at least has hinted at what we can expect by revealing that each year, for the next five years, will have one sequel and one original film
'Guardians of the Galaxy' hasn't even hit theaters yet, but we know it's got at least one major connection to 'The Avengers.' Aside from existing in the same cinematic playground, the intergalactic "Mad Titan" known as Thanos will be the future nemesis of The Avengers, in addition to being the evil puppet master of the villains in 'Guardians.' Does this mean Marvel will have both teams of superheroes crossover for one big team-up in a future movie?
We've heard rumors of a 'Planet Hulk' movie since early last year, but everyone from Joss Whedon to Mark Ruffalo have denied those claims. And, here's the thing: they're right (sort of). There won't be a Planet Hulk movie (sort of). But, it's what Whedon, Ruffalo and Marvel aren't telling you about the future of Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that prove there is some truth to the 'Planet Hulk' rumors after all. MAJOR 'AVENGERS 2' SPOILERS AHEAD!
One of the reasons why Marvel's films are so successful is the way that they're all so beautifully connected to one another, with bits of plot and characters overlapping, and everything so meticulously planned. Here's another connection for you: director James Gunn says his upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' will be connected to 'Avengers 3' -- you read that correctly: not 'Age of Ultron,' but the third film.
While most of us don't have an idea what Marvel Studios is planning beyond 2016 (and, let's be honest, there's a whole cottage industry built around speculating what those future titles are), but Marvel knows exactly what they're doing. In fact, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has a map in his office that plots out the next 15 years of Marvel movies, all the way to 2028.
While we all speculate on whether 'Doctor Strange' or 'Black Panther' will be a part of Marvel's Phase 3, today comes some actual new on what one of those Phase 3 movies may be. Unfortunately, there's no major announcement on either of those two new films, but instead it looks like one of the Phase 3 movies will be another sequel, alongside 'Thor 3' and 'Captain America 3' - 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'.
If you stuck around in theaters this weekend (and we're sure you did), you saw the 'Thor 2' post-credits scene and might have a few questions. (For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on the more interesting mid-credits scene and not on the sillier sequence at the very end.) So, who was that guy? And what is he talking about?