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New images and details on Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The Dark World!

May. 2, 2013by:

Yeah, yeah, I know, it's raining superhero news today, but you know the saying: When it rains, it pours. Entertainment Weekly has got quite the juicy info on the upcoming Marvel Phase Two slate, including new images and details for both THOR: THE DARK WORLD and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. For THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige dropped some interesting tidbits:

I would say there’s a question of what happens when you’re now seemingly ready for something, but don’t necessarily want it anymore," Feige says. “That's part of his internal struggle. Tony Stark wasn't perfect at the end of Iron Man 1, and I don't think Thor is perfect at the end of Thor 1 -- particularly in his relationship with his brother, considering what he went through in Avengers.

Feige also commented on director Alan Taylor's style on the film, which looks to have gotten a lot dirtier since Kenneth Branagh delivered a solid, shiny effort with the first film:

Alan is bringing a grittier, more visceral, more textured patina to the designs of the worlds, and to Asgard in particular,” Feige says. “It’s less to chase either Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings -- because you’re not going to catch up. But part of the fun of Thor over the other characters is he doesn’t have to stay on Earth. We visit a few of the other realms in this new movie.

Feige also commented on director James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which has seen a slew of interesting casting choices (with Rocket Raccoon still in the mix), which he elaborates on, as well as why Marvel has chosen to go "to the stars."

Guardians takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe. We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with Star Wars, I’m obsessed with Star Trek. It’s a huge story on a massive canvas. We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way. That’s why I believe people are going to respond to Chris Pratt and to an alien Zoë Saldana—because they did respond to that one time before [with Avatar]. And to a tree and a raccoon who, it is certainly our intention, will steal the whole movie

Feige explains the process of casting Star-Lord, which went to Chris Pratt, an unlikely, but believable and inspired choice for a superhero lead, which once again proves that the studio has the right pulse of their characters:

[Pratt is] a hilariously frumpy, doofy guy in Parks and Rec, and he’s an incredibly kickass ripped guy in Zero Dark Thirty and that’s pretty awesome. He’s going to need that in Guardians. That’s a big range right there. We did a lot of auditions, a lot of screen tests, just as we did for Thor, just as we did for Cap,” Feige says. “[Pratt] was hilarious, he was moving, he was … you bought him in the early versions of the outfit.

Feige qualified the casting of Dave Bautista along those same lines, saying:

One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome.

Pretty cool stuff, eh? I'm sure at some point we'll get a little fatigued over the comic book stuff, but right now I'm kind of enjoying them being in the limelight. It seems like I spent my childhood living a pipe dream of ever seeing really good versions of my favorite comic characters onscreen and now that it's all happening, I'm pretty stoked. Keep it comin'!

THOR: THE DARK WORLD drops the hammah on November 8, 2013 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY gets lost in space on August 1, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: The current Thor comic book written by Jason Aaron is amazing. I highly recommend checking it out if you've ever considered reading the book. Great stuff.

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7:47PM on 05/02/2013
Guardians is the film I am most curious about. It's the most radical of anything Marvel has done. It's also an ensemble film, but on a level smaller than Avengers, so I am curious to know how the handle that. Also, Rocket Raccoon is awesome, so I am sure however they decide to handle that will be under heavy scrutiny. But Marvel has proven they not only know how to handle their own properties in film form but know how to wrap them with great casts and crew, as well as great scripts. So, I will
Guardians is the film I am most curious about. It's the most radical of anything Marvel has done. It's also an ensemble film, but on a level smaller than Avengers, so I am curious to know how the handle that. Also, Rocket Raccoon is awesome, so I am sure however they decide to handle that will be under heavy scrutiny. But Marvel has proven they not only know how to handle their own properties in film form but know how to wrap them with great casts and crew, as well as great scripts. So, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and trust that they can make an awesome, galactic Marvel film. Already looking forward to Thor 2, so nothing to worry about there.
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6:05PM on 05/02/2013
Thor is now established as a credible movie franchise...guardians of the galaxy is a gamble and in my opinion I'm glad to see marvel have the balls to not just stick to the safe areas
Thor is now established as a credible movie franchise...guardians of the galaxy is a gamble and in my opinion I'm glad to see marvel have the balls to not just stick to the safe areas
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4:18PM on 05/02/2013
Knowing that this movie is still a long way off, means they're taking time and patience on making a solid movie.
Knowing that this movie is still a long way off, means they're taking time and patience on making a solid movie.
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4:09PM on 05/02/2013
I somewhat have to disagree with you. As long as Marvel keeps things fresh like they're doing and don't go to lengths to keep all movies centred squarely around The Avengers, I think they'll have ample opportunity to create great comic book movies. Guardians of the Galaxy seems like it can be a self-sustaining franchise that won't necessarily rely on the other Avengers movies to keep going. And Thor is another fresh superhero movie, instead of focusing on what happens on Earth, they're able
I somewhat have to disagree with you. As long as Marvel keeps things fresh like they're doing and don't go to lengths to keep all movies centred squarely around The Avengers, I think they'll have ample opportunity to create great comic book movies. Guardians of the Galaxy seems like it can be a self-sustaining franchise that won't necessarily rely on the other Avengers movies to keep going. And Thor is another fresh superhero movie, instead of focusing on what happens on Earth, they're able to let their imaginations roam with the material. Albeit, Thor will be more closely associated with the Avenger storylines moving forward, but they have enough distance with the Thor movies that they don't need to rely on Avengers material to keep the franchise going. So I do disagree with your statement that fatigue will set in with comic book movies, as long as studios keep pumping out different material to mix up the "same old, same old", comic book movies will be getting made for a long time to come.
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4:06PM on 05/02/2013
I somewhat have to disagree with you. As long as Marvel keeps things fresh like they're doing and don't go to lengths to keep all movies centred squarely around The Avengers, I think they'll have ample opportunity to create great comic book movies. Guardians of the Galaxy seems like it can be a self-sustaining franchise that won't necessarily rely on the other Avengers movies to keep going. And Thor is another fresh superhero movie, instead of focusing on what happens on Earth, they're able
I somewhat have to disagree with you. As long as Marvel keeps things fresh like they're doing and don't go to lengths to keep all movies centred squarely around The Avengers, I think they'll have ample opportunity to create great comic book movies. Guardians of the Galaxy seems like it can be a self-sustaining franchise that won't necessarily rely on the other Avengers movies to keep going. And Thor is another fresh superhero movie, instead of focusing on what happens on Earth, they're able to let their imaginations roam with the material. Albeit, Thor will be more closely associated with the Avenger storylines moving forward, but they have enough distance with the Thor movies that they don't need to rely on Avengers material to keep the franchise going. So I do disagree with your statement that fatigue will set in with comic book movies, as long as studios keep pumping out different material to mix up the "same old, same old", comic book movies will be getting made for a long time to come.
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3:35PM on 05/02/2013
There haven't been enough GOOD comic adaptations for me to experience any fatigue. Keep the good stuff coming!
There haven't been enough GOOD comic adaptations for me to experience any fatigue. Keep the good stuff coming!
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3:08PM on 05/02/2013
DC needs to get their shit together
DC needs to get their shit together
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3:08PM on 05/02/2013

Thor

Looking good.
Looking good.
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3:02PM on 05/02/2013
That CGI Raccoon is going to test how tight all our asses are when it comes to Superhero movies.
That CGI Raccoon is going to test how tight all our asses are when it comes to Superhero movies.
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7:17PM on 05/02/2013
I think the voice will be more important than anything when it comes to Rocket. I trust Marvel with the animation, I have no doubt they will do that great, but the voice and casting the right voice actor is what will be key to Rocket, as well as his scripting.
I think the voice will be more important than anything when it comes to Rocket. I trust Marvel with the animation, I have no doubt they will do that great, but the voice and casting the right voice actor is what will be key to Rocket, as well as his scripting.
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2:22PM on 05/02/2013

people may get sick of superhero movies...

but guardians works because they're not superheros. they're a space crew living in a world with superheros.
but guardians works because they're not superheros. they're a space crew living in a world with superheros.
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2:17PM on 05/02/2013
I really hope Chris Pratt can pull a Heath Ledger for Star Lord. Other than that, I'm extremely excited for both films. Thor more than Guardians.
I really hope Chris Pratt can pull a Heath Ledger for Star Lord. Other than that, I'm extremely excited for both films. Thor more than Guardians.
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3:09PM on 05/02/2013
Where do your random comments come from?!
Where do your random comments come from?!
3:44PM on 05/02/2013
"pull a heath ledger"

I hate you.
"pull a heath ledger"

I hate you.
4:09PM on 05/02/2013
I think he means do an unexpectedly great job of portraying Star Lord. Remember, Heath Ledger was not everyone's first pic to play the Joker in Dark Knight and quite a few people spoke out in disagreement. Ledger proved them all wrong with his performance though. Hopefully Chris Pratt will do the same and blow us all away with his performance too.

But yea, horrible choice of words. Next time, just say you hope Chris Pratt will do a great job as Star Lord.
I think he means do an unexpectedly great job of portraying Star Lord. Remember, Heath Ledger was not everyone's first pic to play the Joker in Dark Knight and quite a few people spoke out in disagreement. Ledger proved them all wrong with his performance though. Hopefully Chris Pratt will do the same and blow us all away with his performance too.

But yea, horrible choice of words. Next time, just say you hope Chris Pratt will do a great job as Star Lord.
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