A Look at Future Marvel Comics Adaptations by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Marvel Studios

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I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies.  From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact.  Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.

Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Will Feature Motion-Capture Thanos; James Gunn Says Film Connects to AVENGERS 3

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With each new Marvel Studios release, fans are not only eager to dig into whatever solo adventure is on display, but also to see how the film connects to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.  The recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier serves as a prequel of sorts to Avengers: Age of Ultron, setting up the story for Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated ensemble sequel.  We still have one Marvel film left to go before Age of Ultron hits theaters in 2015, but it’s looking more and more like Guardians of the Galaxy will be more removed from the immediate MCU than the other films—at least for now.

In the latest issue of EW, Guardians writer/director James Gunn spoke a bit about the film, confirming that big baddie Thanos will indeed appear in motion-capture form, and teasing that the pic very much connects to Avengers 3.  Read Gunn’s full comments after the jump, along with a few new images from the unabashedly weird-looking Guardians of the Galaxy.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Filming a 13-Minute Monologue, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Donating Her Hair to STAR WARS, ABC’s SELFIE, and More

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier,  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Karen Gillan for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being impressed with the short film version, why this character was a stretch for her, shooting a 13-minute monologue, and how much fun she had doing one of the film’s classic horror moments.  She also talked about what made her want to sign on to play the female villain, Nebula, in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that she’s only gotten to see the trailer so far, and how she won’t have to shave her head again, if they do any reshoots, as well as her decision to sign on for the ABC comedy series Selfie.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Clip from Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Starring Chris Pratt

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Marvel has released the first Guardians of the Galaxy clip.  The clip introduces us to Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), borrowing a few notes from Indiana Jones as he steals a floating orb from its pedestal.  Perhaps the orb is one of the Infinity Stones?

Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro co-star in the August 1 release, written and directed by James Gunn (Super).  Watch the first Guardians of the Galaxy clip after the jump.

New LEGO Sets Revealed for STAR WARS, X-MEN, THE LEGO MOVIE, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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LEGO has officially revealed their summer sets for Star Wars, X-Men, The LEGO Movie, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Most of the Star Wars stuff is original trilogy material, and it’s very cool stuff like Mos Eisley Cantina, and AT-AT, and an Imperial Star Destroyer.  Most of The LEGO Movie sets are also awesome, and I’m already setting money aside for “Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!”  Finally, the Guardians of the Galaxy sets might provide a few spoilers from the movie, or they may not.  For example, I don’t remember this scene being in Iron Man 3.  But just to be safe, I’ve put the Guardians images at the end after the ­X-Men set.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here to see our Toy Fair coverage of the sets.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks about a Plan to 2028, a Potentially Revealing Scene from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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Businessweek just published a lengthy profile about Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  If you want an easy, definitive reason why Marvel films have been so successful, you need look no further than Feige.  Where other studios have scrambled to figure out how to handle their superhero properties, Feige has a clear vision for Marvel Studios.

A large part of Businessweek’s article is about the development of Marvel Studios, higher-ups doubting Feige, Feige sticking to his guns about staying true to the comics, and Feige winning.  Even among fellow Marvel people, Feige has to make compelling arguments like when he insisted that the majority of Captain America: The First Avenger should take place in the 1940s, and that doing so wouldn’t alienate young audiences.  He was absolutely right.  Hit the jump for Feige’s far-reaching plans for Marvel Studios as well as his involvement in an interesting scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Kevin Feige Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, CAP 3, THOR 3, DOCTOR STRANGE, Thanos, ANT-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my exclusive video interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige he talked about when he first knew the film was turning out great, whether he heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screeningthe post-credits scenes and who directed them, Doctor Strange, Thor 3, Ant-ManGuardians of the Galaxy, if they have cast an actor as Thanos yet, his reaction to the news that Johansson was pregnant just as the Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting ready to shoot, Captain America 3, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Hi-Res Promo Images of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and David Bautista

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening this Friday, I was hoping we would get a new look at Marvel’s next movie Guardians of the Galaxy (yes, I’m impatient).  No such luck, but to make up for it, we have some high-resolution cut-outs of the characters from the teaser poster.  So if you needed some hi-res Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) or Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in your day, this isn’t so bad.  That being said, August feels very far away.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars  David Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Theater Cup Minifigs Revealed

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Steve is currently at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, which is basically Comic-Con for theater owners.  The convention is an opportunity for studios to preview this year’s big movie offerings for theater owners, and it also acts as a showcase for many products that will appear in theaters across the world throughout 2014 and beyond.  While attending the convention, Steve was able to grab images of some minifigure soda cup tops for Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will presumably be available in theaters ahead of the August releases of both films.  For fans itching to see more of the characters from Guardians and TMNT, these minifigs offer a new look at the Marvel superheroes and the Turtles.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and click here to check out custom 3D glasses for some of this year’s big tentpole films.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters August 1st, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on August 8th.

New Image of Karen Gillan as Nebula in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Director James Gunn has released a new image of Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula in his upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy.  Nebula is one of the film’s villains (the other one is Ronan the Accuser, who is played by Lee Pace), and as you can see from the image and briefly in the trailer, she is quite the badass.  Gillan has really gone all in for the look, and I can only imagine how long she has to sit in the makeup chair.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

CinemaCon: Posters for SPIDER-MAN 2, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, TF4, THE BOXTROLLS, EXPENDABLES 3, and Many More

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Continuing our coverage from CinemaCon 2014 (Comic-Con for theater owners), I snapped a ton of pictures of the many posters and theater standees on display today.  Included in this article are The Expendables 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Annie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Boxtrolls, Transformers 4, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Earth to Echo, Edge of Tomorrow, From the Rough, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Purge: Anarchy, Neighbors, and many more.  Hit the jump to check them out and look for a lot more updates from CinemaCon all week.

And click here if you missed the first posters for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold.

Disney and IMAX Extend Partnership; STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to Be Released in IMAX

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Disney and IMAX have sent out a press release announcing that they have extended their partnership, and will continue to release the studio’s biggest films in the world’s biggest theatrical format.  The films mentioned in the press release are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars: Episode VII.  None of this is surprising.  Almost every major blockbuster gets an IMAX release these days, and I’m fine with that.  I like IMAX.  I don’t like 3D, and all of these movies will most likely be in 3D, but you can’t win them all.

Hit the jump for the press release.

First Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art, Plus New Images from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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If you’re even the most casual of Marvel fans, I’m assuming you checked out ABC’s one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, or will when it airs in your neck of the woods.  While the bulk of that hour looked back on Marvel’s cinematic universe, we did get snippets of the upcoming films Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and, of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Since filming just started on the latter picture, we got a cool look at some concept art from the film instead.  The early looks feature artist’s interpretations of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, the Hulk, Black Widow, and a very special version of Iron Man. Hit the jump to check out all the goodies.

Rotten Tomatoes Users Rank X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST as the Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer

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The summer movie season is just around the corner, and while 2014 isn’t as overloaded with crazy releases as 2015, there is still plenty to look forward to.  We’ve got sequels, reboots, sequel-reboots, remakes, and even the rare original story all slated to open, and the folks over at Rotten Tomatoes have put together a ranked list of the most anticipated films based on the site’s user rankings.  Coming in at #1 on the list with 100% “want to see” from a total of 110,869 votes is director Bryan Singer’s superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Having helmed the first X-Men in 2000, Singer is one of the godfathers of the modern superhero movie era.  It’s not exactly a shock that fans are eager to see his return to the X-Men franchise, since the time-bending DOFP infuses the new X-Men: First Class cast with the classic X-Men actors from the original films.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Top 10, which includes a couple of surprises.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Lengthy Monologues, Munching on Light Bulbs, Favorite Lasser Glass Kills, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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If you missed out on Doctor Who and are eagerly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy, get ready because you’re about to get a sense of what Karen Gillan is capable of in her upcoming release, Oculus.  She leads the film as Kaylie, but Kaylie isn’t your ordinary horror movie heroine.  As a child, Kaylie witnessed her parents’ murder and then saw her little brother get pegged for the crime.  Years later, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released, but Kaylie refuses to let him readjust and finally live a normal life again because she’s still determined to prove that it wasn’t her brother, but rather, the supernatural force residing in the Lasser Glass that’s responsible for her parents’ death and many, many others.

Kaylie doesn’t just vow to avenge her family, throw herself into a dangerous situation and spend the rest of the film running for her life. She’s determined, passionate and prepared, and even manages to convince you she’s got a fighting chance.  You’ll get the opportunity to see how she fairs when Oculus arrives in theaters on April 11th, but for now, check out what Gillan told us about developing the character with her young counterpart, Annalise Basso, how she met the challenge of turning an enormous amount of expository dialogue into compelling material, what she’d do if Marvel came calling and needed her to shave her head again to film addition Guardians of the Galaxy scenes, and so much more in the interview after the jump.

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