The First ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Is Here, and It Is Everything!

This is it: Every movie in the Marvel Studios line of superhero films has been leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, and the House of Ideas has finally dropped the first trailer promoting its ultimate achievement. If this movie tanks, all 18 films Marvel has put on the screen over the past 10 years will have been for nothing.

But from the looks of this trailer, AIW will not tank. In fact, it looks like the biggest, baddest superhero movie ever. It looks positively epic!

Not only do we get to see Peter Parker’s Spidey Sense make its franchise debut, we get a bearded Captain America, a blonde Black Widow, Thanos without his helmet, Doctor Strange, Loki wielding the Cosmic Cube… I mean, the Tesseract, the cool Black Panther — and those A-holes, the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Take a deep breath. Just breathe.
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What Can Break Cap’s Shield?

shieldedThis publicity image of a prop from Avengers: Age of Ultron is very unsettling: What could be powerful enough to break Captain America’s shield?

The legendary shield was created by out of a strange alloy of Vibranium, a rare metal found only in the African country of Wakanda — but more importantly, it’s virtually indestructible. So how does the weapon get cracked like this in the movie?
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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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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Casting Info — at Last!

The Collector, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser

The Collector, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser

It would appear that reliable information about casting in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has finally leaked out. I say finally because the movie has already begun filming in Great Britain under director James Gunn, so this info has been kept under wraps for a remarkably long time!

Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects) looms large as the main villain, an alien called the Collector, who is billions of years old and travels the universe… er, collecting things he deems worthy — including certain people. The Collector can see into the future, and once envisioned a universe enslaved by Thanos — the deep-space baddie glimpsed in the post-credits sequence of last year’s The Avengers.

Lee Pace — the romantic pie baker on TV’s whimsical PUSHING DAISIES — will play tough guy Ronan the Accuser, a member of the alien race known as the Kree, and he serves as a one-person judge, jury and executioner. He’s been known to carry around a big hammer.

Finally, the stunningly beautiful Karen Gillan is playing Nebula, a blue-skinned pirate who may or may not be the granddaughter of Thanos.

Look for Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters next summer.

Karen Gillan Recruited for Guardians of the Galaxy

gillanguardiansThe headline should read: “Good Girl Goes Bad!”

After playing Amy Pond, the best friend of the 11th Doctor for nearly 2 1/2 years on DOCTOR WHO, Karen Gillan has been seduced by the Dark Side! She will play the lead villainess in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film.

Karen’s character is unknown, because the script is being kept tightly under wraps; only wisps of details have leaked out. The film was also being cast very slowly, although now the ranks are filling in more quickly. We know, for instance, that Lee Pace (PUSHING DAISIES) has been cast as the Big Bad… but not the character’s name.

Rumor has it Pace is playing the Collector — which is a very interesting choice, because it would fit in perfectly with the rumored overall plan Marvel has for its movies. The Collector is linked to Korvac/Michael, one of the greatest storylines from the Avengers comic book series, and that tale dovetails with Thanos — the master villain Avengers director Joss Whedon is “saving” for Avengers 3. (Yes, that’s right, Avengers 3, not the upcoming Avengers 2.)

Anyway, the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast includes Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Michael Rooker and Glenn Close in undisclosed roles.

Trust director/screenwriter James Gunn (Super and cult fave Slither) to get his ducks in a row soon, as filming is scheduled to get under way later this month for release on Aug. 1, 2014.

And I, for one, welcome our new alien overlord overlady…

A Guardians of the Galaxy Tease

We all know that Guardians of the Galaxy will be the next big team movie from Marvel Studios, and it’s supposed to set up events for the 2015 Avengers sequel — which is once again being written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Based on a group of comics characters that are not well-known to the general public, Marvel is taking a huge chance with this movie, but tying it in to the blockbuster Avengers is a great way to hedge the studio’s bets.

Marvel has, of course, been very secretive about the project, but Production Weekly has offered this as a synopsis for the movie:

A U.S. pilot ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

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It’s the Beginning of the End for Marvel

Now that DC Comics has had a year to shake down its “New 52” company-wide relaunch, Marvel is poised to get into the act with its own rebranding, called “Marvel NOW!”

It looks like things start hitting the fan in October when, according to solicitations, Marvel cancels nine titles — including some surprising ones — and launches a new flagship comic and a movie tie-in miniseries.

The following issues, shipping in October, will be the final issues of these series: Captain America #19, The Mighty Thor #22, Incredible Hulk #15, Invincible Iron Man #527, Fantastic Four #611, FF #23, Uncanny X-Men #20, New Mutants #50, and X-Men: Legacy #275.
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