Marvel Announces May 3rd, 2018 Movie; Could This Be AVENGERS 3?

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Last week Marvel announced 5 Untitled Movies with release dates stretching all the way up until May of 2019.  At the time, I guessed that the one bearing the date of May 3rd, 2019 would be Avengers 3 since that franchise’s signature early May release date was missing from the 2018 slate and 2017 seemed just a bit too soon to get everyone together again.

I’m doing away with that theory at this point because Marvel just announced yet another film for May 4th, 2018.  That first week of May is Avengers territory and 2018 is one whole year sooner that the studio gets to trot out their most valuable IP.  It makes sense that they want as few gaps between these things as possible.  So now I’m going to guess that  Avengers 3 hits on May 4th, 2018.  Hit the jump for more on this potential Avengers 3 release date.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY IMAX Poster Can Be Yours Next Weekend

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It was almost exactly a year ago that we got our first look at footage from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con, and now the film’s release is just over a week away.  If you opt to see director James Gunn’s comics adaptation in IMAX at midnight on August 1st, you’ll receive a fan-made mini-poster that’s actually quite neat.  It teases the titular Guardians (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper), as well as the film’s buzzworthy soundtrack.  If early reactions are any indication, we’re in for quite a treat.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX poster.  The film also stars Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter SerafinowiczGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 1st.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Clip Has a Finger on the Pulse of the Film’s Humor

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We’re walking a fine line with Marvel’s marketing for Guardians of the Galaxy, with one side being in danger of giving away too much and the other offering teases to fans and newcomers alike.  In the last four days alone, we’ve seen not one, but two clips from the film.  Now, since audience reactions to an early screening were overwhelmingly positive, perhaps they want to encourage that great word of mouth with yet another clip.  This one does a solid job of not only showing off the film’s sense of humor, but further exploring the relationships between the characters early on in their tenuous arrangement.  Good stuff, but I’ve already seen more than enough to convince me to check this one out in theaters.

Starring Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, and featuring the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st.  Hit the jump to check out the latest clip.

Kevin Feige Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THOR 3, CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, DOCTOR STRANGE, Casting Josh Brolin as Thanos, Comic-Con Plans, and More

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With director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy opening August 1st, over the weekend, Marvel and Disney held a huge press junket here in Los Angeles.  While I’ll be posting my video interviews with the cast next week, I wanted to share my exclusive interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige today.  During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about making Guardians of the Galaxy, how much of the film was planned before James Gunn signed on, the great soundtrack, deleted scenes, whether we could see an extended cut in theaters before the Blu-ray release, and more.

In addition, we also talked about casting Josh Brolin as Thanos and if he signed a multi-picture deal, why they didn’t show the post-credits scene at the press screenings, the untitled Marvel movies being released through 2019, the studio’s Comic-Con plans, the fact that Marvel knows who will be playing Doctor Strange but the contract isn’t signed yet (if the person does sign by Comic-Con he’ll be announced on Saturday), the status of Thor 3 and Captain America 3, the chances Robert Downey Jr. returning for Iron Man 4, and more.  Hit the jump for the interview and click here to read some going tweets about Guardians of the Galaxy.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Extended Clip Shows Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot in The Kyln

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With just a little over a week to go until its big release, early Guardians of the Galaxy reactions are coming in and, as we told you yesterday, they’re tremendously positive.  There’s always been a chance this whole thing could go south considering it’s such an unusual and highly stylized Marvel film, but ever since that very first trailer dropped back in February, it really did seem like James Gunn pulled it off.  At this point we’ve got loads of quality promotional material to further prove Guardians could be a standout, all of these adoring first reactions, and now we can add a solid extended clip from the film to the collection, too.

The piece is nearly five minutes long and gives us some serious background on all five main characters and also an extensive look at what goes down when the team is thrown in The Kyln.  Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters in 3D on August 1st.  It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  Hit the jump for the Guardians of the Galaxy extended clip.

Geek Gifts: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s Rocket and Groot from Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles

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Guardians of the Galaxy opens in two weeks and I’m hoping it’s going to be massive.  Based on the 17 minutes of footage I saw and my general love of writer/director James Gunn, I want nothing more for this film to do well (and for me to love it when I finally see it). I love all of the characters so far (I’ve never read the comics so I’m just going off of the movie here), especially the way Rocket and Groot kind of complete each other.  And now you can own them courtesy of Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles.  Each of these two characters has between 15 and 17 points of articulation and will include an additional interchangeable angry expression face and a pair of partially clenched angry palms for Groot.

Hit the jump for more images and a list of specifications for Hot Toys’ Rocket and Groot or click here to pre-order Rocket and Groot on Sideshow’s website.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reviews: Audience Reactions to Early Screenings Overwhelmingly Positive

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Normally when we bring you audience reactions from early screenings of highly anticipated movies, we try to bring a balance of positive and negative responses in an attempt to paint an unbiased picture.  In the case of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that proved more difficult than usual since reactions were overwhelmingly positive.  Praise flowed for director James Gunn and his successful balance of humor and action in the difficult space opera genre.  Oddball characters Groot and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper respectively) got a fair share of the spotlight, and Dave Bautista’s Drax was called “better than Superman” by one viewer.  Overall, things are looking very, very good for the Guardians‘ debut, and for a possible sequel in the years to come.

Also starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter SerafinowiczGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to take a look at some early reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Release Dates Announced Through May 2019; All Movies Currently Untitled

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Looks like Marvel Studios is quite bullish on their prospects for Phase 3 (and possibly beyond).  They’ve just announced 5 release dates for films that are as-of-yet untitled and they stretch all the way up to 2019.  That’s two films a year.

We’ll be updating this piece with more data as our analysis comes in, but could the May 3rd, 2019 date be when we’ll see Avengers 3?  The announced Marvel release dates are:

  • Marvel Untitled – 7/28/17 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 11/3/17 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 7/6/18 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 11/2/18 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 5/3/19 wide

Hit the jump for more on the existing Marvel film slate and what movies these untitled pictures could eventually become.

First GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Clip Has Peter Quill Facing off Against Korath

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Marvel has released the first Guardians of the Galaxy clip online, and it showcases a scene that should be familiar to anyone who has seen the trailers.  The scene focuses on Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) trying to take an orb only to be interrupted by Korath (Djimon Hounsou).  What’s interesting about the clip is how it plays in the larger context of a scene rather than cherry-picking the snappiest parts and leaving out the plot points as opposed to how we’ve seen the scene in the trailers.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy clip.  The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. ReillyPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Posters Focus on Villains Ronan, Nebula, and Korath

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Following yesterday’s Guardians of the Galaxy posters for supporting characters, Marvel has now turned their attention to the film’s villains.  The studio has now released character posters for Ronan (Lee Pace), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Korath (Djimon Hounson).  I’ve enjoyed all these character posters because they’re bright, colorful, and don’t fill the image with sparks and debris.  It looks like we now have all of the character posters except Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.  If we do get one for him, I hope it’s based off this image.

Hit the jump to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy posters.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave Bautista, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Posters Give Yondu, Nova Prime and Corpsman Dey Their Chance to Shine

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It’s only two weeks or so until director James Gunn’s Marvel tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy hits US screens (it opens internationally a few days prior).  As you can tell by my reaction to the footage that was screened from the film last week, I’m quite excited for this picture (you should also check out the new TV spots that hit yesterday if you missed them).  Today sees the release of three character posters.  John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close’s Nova Prime and Michael Rooker‘s Yondu.

Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump for the new Guardians of the Galaxy character posters!

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TV Spots Provide Origin Stories for Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax

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Marvel really wants you to know all about the title characters in Guardians of the Galaxy before you ever set foot in the movie theater.  Two new TV spots for the James Gunn-directed action film were released today which shed light on the origins of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista).  While there are also quite a few tidbits of new footage, dialogue, and humor, it’s starting to feel like they’re trying too hard.  You’ve convinced me!  Now please let me enjoy some of the remaining footage during the actual movie.

Also starring Lee Pace, Karen GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon Hounsou, Michael RookerJohn C. ReillyPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to check out the two new TV spots.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks ANT-MAN Troubles and Hiring Peyton Reed to Direct; Reveals Reed Previously Met for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Much has been written about Marvel Studios’ recent struggles with Ant-Man, and while the intricacies regarding director and co-writer Edgar Wright’s departure may not be made entirely clear for some time, we do know this: fans were excited for an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie, and we will not be getting an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie.  As every minute detail of the subsequent replacement director search was reported on, the studio even appeared to be foundering in finding a new filmmaker to take the reins of a movie that’s set for release next summer.  Finally, Marvel settled on Bring It On and Down with Love director Peyton Reed to bring Ant-Man to fruition, and the studio has an uphill battle in winning back the fans that were so enthused to see Wright’s take.

The studio itself has been very quiet with regards to Ant-Man recently, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has now spoken at length about why they chose to hire Reed and touched on Wright leaving the project.  Moreover, Feige revealed that Reed had previously met with the studio about directing a different Marvel project entirely.  Hit the jump to read on.

More GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Images Released Featuring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and More

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Marvel has released more Guardians of the Galaxy images online.  The story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  I wouldn’t go so far as to qualify these stills as “new” since we’ve seen most of them in the trailers, but I still appreciate the high-quality close-ups, and I certainly don’t want to see new images that end up spoiling the film.

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

TOP 5: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Set Visit, GONE GIRL Trailer, BOYHOOD, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer

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New to Blu-ray this week is the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. I caught the film earlier today and have no reservation calling it a must-see for sci-fi fans. Seeing Alejandro Jodorowsky passionately recant the events that led to his convincing the likes of Orson Welles and Salvador Dalí to join the pic is a joy in its own right, but illustrating the impact his unmade movie had on future science-fiction films is one of the doc’s greatest achievements. The level of imagination, creativity, detail, and ambition that Jodorowsky and his visionary team put into their adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s seminal sci-fi novel is staggering and a bit awe-inspiring when you consider its influence on future entries such as Star Wars, Alien, The Terminator, and more. Ahead of its time doesn’t even begin to describe it. For better or worse, I’m not sure that the world is prepared for the madness that is Jodorowsky’s film even today.

My Jodorowky’s Dune endorsement aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Steve’s visit to the set of Guardians of the Galaxy, a new trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone GirlBoyhood interviews and Matt’s review, and the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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