Now that James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has proven itself to be a box office smash, all bets are really off when it comes to Marvel Studios production. The company has proven that their brand is strong enough that their projects can move away from well-known characters and go off in all kinds of crazy directions (all still based on Marvel Comics, of course). Great characters whom fans never dreamed would get their own solo movies now have a real fighting chance.
We don't have the answer. But we'd love to hear your opinions. Why are box office numbers down this season? And which films will bring them back up? Are you staying away from theaters this season? Are there better options at home? Or outside?
The leader of the Inhuman Royal Family is Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon - really), who has the ability to generate a concussive force through the use of his voice. The coup in getting Diesel to potentially play this role is that nerds need not fret about Marvel universe crossover: Groot only makes use of Diesel's voice, but because of his powers, Black Bolt is essentially a mute.
Marvel Studios certainly has a jump start on the DC when it comes to building a cinematic universe, having been establishing itself as a brand since 2008, but don’t count the home of Batman and Superman out. In addition to having the big blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scheduled to hit theaters in 2016, they have huge active plans for the entire rest of the decade. And this week we got a very limited peak into exactly what they have in the works.
Whedon is right when he says that there's a different, more serious approach within DC, not only within their stories, but in their budgets as well. Even when they're not very good, DC goes all-out with their superhero movies, spending like crazy and allowing directors free reign over their characters.
The fact that Marvel was interested in developing the idea, with a female screenwriter, is encouraging. Throughout her fifty years at Marvel, the Black Widow has been a spy, an Avenger, a Champion, a representative of SHIELD, a Thunderbolt and a member of Heroes for Hire. She's been a legend and a traitor, a love interest for many of Marvel's prominent heroes, a killer and a fighter.
Feige knows that a lot of what Marvel would like to do in Phase 3 and beyond depends on audiences accepting some of the oddities in James Gunn’s movie. But with so much happening on Marvel’s cinematic front, we lept from topic to topic and tried to cover as much ground as possible. Here are a few of the major things we discovered.
We're coming off of a Guardians Of The Galaxy high here, and while we're still hooked on that feeling it's time to look towards the future. But before we blast off to parts unknown, here's five things we learned this weekend thanks to James Gunn himself!
Bill Mantlo, one of the men behind the creation of everyone's favorite jet propelled raccoon, was given a private screening of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. Wait until you see what he thought of the film.
Before Guardians of the Galaxy came to steal our hearts and dominate the summer box office, Marvel gave us The Avengers, a movie stuffed to the brim with bonkers action sequences. But just in case you ever wondered what The Avengers would look like as an old-school, 8-bit video game, we've got you covered.
All kidding aside, by “contract” he could just be speaking of a hypothetical contract. As in, “I didn't sign anything, so I'm not anything yet.” Or is he winking at the fact that he can't legally say anything, but he has talked to Marvel about the role?
If you were to ask me whether or not to see it in theaters, I would tell you it’s worth the money. Flat out, it’s an enjoyable flick, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some major problems, most notably with the villains. In fact, let’s be a little clearer about it: the villains in Guardians Of The Galaxy suck.
You came here for the deep cuts, the stuff that you might not have noticed or needed confirmation that you actually saw what you thought you saw in Guardians Of The Galaxy. With that in mind, please enjoy the following list of bullet pointed (and, of course possibly spoiled) Easter eggs.
In 2008, Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures took a huge gamble by releasing Iron Man, thus setting into motion a plan to create a cinematic fabric that would either succeed or fail. Though there were some rough patches, Phase I completed with the resounding success.
Not so fast, kemosabe. Guardians Of The Galaxy is perhaps the nerdiest movie of the year, and nerd movies are always frontloaded. The theaters that were packed last night with people who have been saying “I am Groot” for months are not going to be the same as the casuals on Saturday afternoon who simply need somewhere air-conditioned to go, just as long as it's familiar.