GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2: James Gunn Talks Peter Quill’s Father, How Much Thanos Fits into the Sequel, and More

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It was clear that Marvel Studios was happy with Guardians of the Galaxy when it went ahead and announced a release date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 a week before the first film even hit theaters.  James Gunn returns to write and direct the follow-up, and despite the fact that he’s been on a worldwide press tour for the last month, Gunn admitted that he spent the Guardians opening weekend already working on the sequel.  July 28, 2017 might seem like a ways off, but given that every Marvel movie is a puzzle piece on a larger board, it’s no surprise that story and character elements for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 are already being hammered out.

Though it’s obviously early days for the Guardians follow-up, Gunn recently spoke a bit about what fans can expect in the sequel, specifically revealing a key piece of information regarding Peter Quill’s father and discussing how significantly Thanos will figure into the plot.  More after the jump.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Offers a Guided Tour Of Peter Quill’s Ship, The Milano

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By now you’ve probably either seen Guardians of the Galaxy or have made plans to check it out by the end of next weekend (not that it’s leaving theaters any time soon with that kind of gross).  Writer/director James Gunn’s space opera looks to be gaining traction that far exceeds the normal reach of the comic-book crowd.  A big reason for that is Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill.  And his ship, The Milano, is a perfect extension of his onscreen vibe.  Like the Millenium Falcon before it, it has a lot of personality.

Quill fancies himself a bit of a rock star, so it’s fitting that this trip inside the Milano is shot and edited a bit like an episode of MTV Cribs (except for the fact that its done in Pratt’s real-life persona).  Hit the jump for a tour of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Milano.  You can bet that you’ll be seeing it again in 2017.  As a bonus, we’ve got a video of Pratt doing a dead-on “Forgot About Dre.”

James Gunn Interested in THUNDERBOLTS Movie; Learn More about These Villainous “Heroes”

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With the very recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, folks may be wondering what’s next for the former Troma director James Gunn to sink his teeth into when it comes to the Marvel moviescape.  The answer may surprise you as in a recent interview, Gunn let it slip exactly which Marvel property he may be willing to tackle next.  While the Guardians of the Galaxy were a ragtag group of loners combining their powers for good across the spaceways, the other team Gunn is thinking of bringing to the big screen is a ragtag group of loners combining their powers for evil….to a point.  Hit the jump for my breakdown of both Gunn’s statement and the team that is the Thunderbolts.

James Gunn Posts Heartfelt GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Message

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I’ve now seen Guardians of the Galaxy twice, and I’m not even normally in the bag for Marvel movies.  I liked Iron Man and Iron Man 3 quite a bit, but can sort of take or leave the rest of the films.  I liked The Avengers back when I saw it in the theaters, but it didn’t really stick to my ribs and I haven’t gone in for any additional rounds with the film.  So this one is different to me.  It doesn’t hurt that I’m a fan of writer/director James Gunn (I love Slither and was actually deeply affected by Super during a difficult time in my life), and it gave me a lot of pleasure to see his authorial voice in such a happy place in Guardians.  This is a film I’ll revisit often.

In the wake of the film’s record-breaking box office success, it was nice to see Gunn write such a heartfelt thanks today to all of the people that made the film possible.  Hit the jump to check out James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy message.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Deleted Scenes, Would he do an Extended Cut, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, and Spinoff Movies

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Now playing around the world is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, 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).  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences,Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with James Gunn.  He talked about his reaction to everyone loving the film, deleted scenes, whether he would release an extended cut, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, how he’s thought about solo movies for the Guardians cast as well as a sequel featuring the whole gang together, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Review

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Leading up to Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s been a persistent question among pundits, analysts, and even Marvel fans about whether or not the studio’s new film is “too weird”.  Somehow, we’ve come to expect a guy who can invent anything, an alien Norseman with a magic hammer, and a guy who was put into suspended animation instead of dying of hypothermia are all credible protagonists worthy of their own movies.  But once you go into outer space and feature a talking raccoon, all bets are off. Writer-director James Gunn has no problem convincing us of his space oddities as he taps into universally beloved qualities like humor, warmth, and a sense of adventure.  Although he’s still a little trapped by some familiar plot points and a few underdeveloped main characters, these are minor qualms in a movie that’s a total blast.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel and James Gunn Talk GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is such a fun ride, with great action, plenty of laughs, a ton of heart and perfect choices in music.  It will have you singing along, and cheering for the snarky Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot.

During a conference at the film’s press day actors Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Dave Bautista (“Dax the Destroyer”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”) and Vin Diesel (“Groot”) were joined by director James Gunn to talk about what attracted them to this project, how liberating it is to not have to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things, why Yondu is such a bad-ass, fighting the right attitude for Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the emotional journey of the story, the process for having the music organically come from and compliment the story, the physicality of these roles, why the movie references Kevin Bacon, and everyone’s favorite song on the soundtrack.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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 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!

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.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Director James Gunn Explains Music’s Importance in the Film and on Set

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We brought you the details and track listings for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack about a week ago, but some new quotes from the director reveal just how important that music was both on set and within the film itself.  In addition to the twelve classic songs found on the soundtrack, Tyler Bates’ score was equally important, as Gunn asked him to finish some of the tracks before principal photography even began in order to use it on set to establish emotional beats.

The film stars Chris PrattDave BautistaZoe SaldanaLee PaceBenicio Del ToroGlenn CloseKaren GillanMichael RookerDjimon HounsonJohn C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack will be released on July 29th; click here to pre-order.  The film will be released in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump for more on music’s role in the latest Marvel movie.

Over 80 Things to Know About GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from our Set Visit; Plus Video Blog Recap and New Images

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Last September, when director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While I knew a bit about the diverse characters starring in Marvel’s latest franchise before I arrived, I definitely wasn’t prepared for the size and scope of the movie, or how Gunn and his filmmaking team were preparing to blow open the doors of the Marvel Cosmic universe by introducing tons of new characters and worlds.  Trust me, Guardians of the Galaxy is telling a huge story on the other side of the universe and it’s going to enable Marvel to bring in numerous new elements to their already expanding universe.

During the set visit I got to watch filming, participate in group interviews with James Gunn, Dave BatistaChris PrattKaren GillanZoe Saldana, and many others, and walk through the art department, weapons room, costumes, SFX, and many other behind-the-scenes locations.  From all this I put together a huge list of things to know, recorded a video blog when I got back from set, and have five new images from the prison sequence provided by Marvel/Disney.  Hit the jump for more.

James Gunn Talks Having More Time, Money, Talent, Marvel Characters and Meeting High Expectations on the Set of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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When you visit a movie set, the one person you’re never sure you’ll get to talk to is the director.  Not only are they involved in every decision happening each moment, they’re usually busy planning the coming days and also reviewing edited footage as well.  It’s a non-stop job that continues even after the film gets released (that’s when the director fine-tunes the Blu-ray release).  So when James Gunn participated in a lengthy group interview on the set Guardians of the Galaxy last year, we were all very surprised and excited.

During the interview he talked about landing the job, what Joss Whedon told him about the first draft of the script, working with the amazing cast, meeting Marvel’s high expectations, filming the movie with long takes, making a PG-13 movie, why he wanted Bradley Cooper for Rocket Raccoon, how Karen Gillan is Clint Eastwood on screen but Hello Kitty offscreen, and so much more.  It’s a great interview so check it out after the jump.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Review: Evan’s Reaction to Marvel Screening 17 Minutes of Footage

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I’ve been more excited about Guardians of the Galaxy than I have most other Marvel films for some time now.  I’m a huge fan of director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and the potential for strong authorial voices gets me more excited for tentpoles (see also Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and Edgar Wright’s unfortunately cancelled take on Ant-Man).  While I generally like Marvel movies, there’s something about the humor in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy promos that I’ve seen that has colluded with my fandom of Gunn to raise my expectations for this film.  So when an invitation came my way to preview 17 minutes of the film in 3D IMAX this evening at the TLC Chinese Theater, I leapt at it despite the fact that I would essentially just be watching 17 minutes of footage I’d be seeing in a more complete context within a matter of weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyMichael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to read my Guardians of the Galaxy footage reaction!

Groot, Rocket, and Gamora Get New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Posters; Michael Rooker’s Yondu Teased in New Image

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Only one superhero movie remains for Summer 2014, and fittingly Marvel will be bookending the blockbuster season.  We previously saw a string of Guardians of the Galaxy posters released that highlighted each character, but a few more posters have now landed online that give the CG characters Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) their own one-sheets, as well as a deadly new poster for Zoe Saldana’s Gamora.  Moreover, writer/director James Gunn has also shared a new image that teases Michael Rooker as Yondu.  I continue to look forward to the film, but I’m hoping Disney doesn’t go into marketing overload and start revealing scenes from the third act in the final leg of the film’s promotion.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy posters and the Michael Rooker image.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, and Peter SerafinowiczGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.

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