Gunn Fires Back at Superhero Haters

gunnraccoonIf you watched Sunday night’s 87th Academy Awards broadcast, you could not have missed – amid all the back-patting and self-love – a clear contempt for superhero movies, from host Neil Patrick Harris — y’know, the guy from the Harold & Kumar movies — to Jack Black‘s routine, there was a clear vibe that superhero movies are not art and not welcome.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Is Officially a Go

guardians2Marvel Studios announced at Comic-Con International: San Diego yesterday that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has been greenlighted and slated for release on July 28, 2017.

Director/writer James Gunn will return to perform the same duties for the sequel.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released this Friday.

Thanos IS in ‘Guardians’ – and Josh Brolin Plays Him!

joshthanosMarvel Studios’ head of production, Kevin Feige confirmed that Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin plays the villain Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy – and has signed a multipicture deal.

you may recall Thanos as the deep-space Big Bad who was revealed to have been pulling the strings in The Avengers. Well he’s a cosmic-level baddie, so it’s no surprise to see him pop up all over the place, including in GotG.
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New Character Posters for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The baddies and supporting characters of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are getting their chance to shine on a bunch of colorful character posters ahead of the Aug.1 release of the science-fiction action comedy.

 The villains include Lee Pace as Ronan, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Djimon Hounsou as Korath.

GotG, directed by James Gunn, slams into theaters Aug. 1.

GotG: We’ve Got Celestials!

knowhereGuardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn told the Alamo Drafthouse magazine, BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH., that the giant floating head seen in the trailers is, in fact, Knowhere, the Guardians’ headquarters, and just like the in the comic books, Knowhere is the skull of a dead Celestial.

Gunn said:

We have a couple of Celestials who we refer to in the film. They’re part of the overall structure of the cosmic universe. They’re part of the fun of what the movie is. Our characters, to some degree, have super powers, but at the same time they’re just ordinary citizens of the galaxy. They just happen to be renegades – they’re basically bikers. They’re just these ordinary citizens who get caught up in this thing – because they want money in the beginning – that has completely cosmic overtones. There are characters like Thanos involved, and then there are characters [the Collector, the Celestials] bigger than that. Suddenly these mortals are playing in the fields of gods. I always find that a very interesting thing.

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Look, yonder – It’s Yondu!

yondu1Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has unveiled the first official image of Yondu, played by THE WALKING DEAD’s ex-Merle, Michael Rooker.

Sure, the image is a bit dark, but trust me, the guy has blue skin.

Gunn had this to say about the character and the actor on his Facebook page:

#gotgpicoftheday Michael Rooker onset as Yondu. You’ll be seeing more of him soon. Yondu was not in the original script. I added him and wrote the role specifically for Rooker. I wasn’t sure Marvel was going to go for either idea, so I was relieved when they responded enthusiastically to both.

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