‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ Trailer Arrives Tonight

Summer 2017 is going to be a major summer movie season for Hollywood and to kick it off will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. from director James Gunn. Just two months ago, Marvel Studios released a sneak peek at the film offering fans some tantalizing glimpses of the galaxy’s unlikeliest heroes.

Tonight Marvel will unveil the first official trailer for the film during the broadcast of the ACC Championship Game at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki and Kurt Russell. Written and directed by James Gunn.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Gives Spidey Suit an Upgrade

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POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD.

The trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently looming over the internet. The trailer which is attached to the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is expected to hit the web before Rogue One hits theaters onDecember 16th. But ahead of the trailer, Marvel casually unveiled a clip from the film at the CCXP convention in Brazil.

In attendance was Marvel Digital Media Vice President and Executive Editor Ryan Pengos who took to twitter to give fans a description of the clip that was shown

The Spider-Man Homecoming footage was short but AWESOME. Starts from Spidey’s POV, talking with Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). There’s a case from Tony Stark with an “upgrade” for Spidey. Then we see Spidey leap off a building, open his arms, web wings! There were a few more flashes of shots, but I can’t remember. That classic underarm webbing look was just so rad.

Considering the latest design of the Spidey suit is the closest we have seen to the original incarnation crafted by Steve Ditko, it would come as no great surprise if the new film gives Spidey his web wings which were first seen when Spider-Man made his very first debut in Amazing Fantasy #15.
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Marvel Unveils ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Telltale Series

Marvel recently broke ground when it announced it’s partnership with IMAX to debut the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Inhumans exclusively in IMAX theaters before the series begins its fall run in 2017. But Marvel isn’t going to stop there. The studio giant is continuing to expand, revealing a partnership with gaming developer and publisher Telltale Games to bring comic book fans Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series to home consoles, PC, and mobile devices. The Telltale Series will be a five-episode adventure, the first of which will debut sometime in 2017 with the remaining four episodes to follow.

The press release reads:

 “The energizing blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and full-on sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians provides an enormously satisfying space to explore through Telltale’s unique style of interactive storytelling,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot’s seat in directing their escapades around the universe. We are always honored to be working with the best creative partners and storytellers in entertainment, and working with Marvel on this series leaves us excited to share what we’ve been developing when it premieres in 2017.”

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“With story at the core of everything that Marvel creates, who better to team with than master storytellers Telltale Games,”said Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment.Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series fully showcases Marvel and Telltale’s rich legacy of storytelling, and fans will find themselves immersed in an original, character-driven narrative. As part of our strategy to establish a new standard for Marvel games, this is certainly among the great titles to come.”

For this who don’t know, Telltale is most commonly known for its popular The Walking Dead video game series. The developer delivers a greater level of storytelling in video games by providing players with an interactive experience as opposed to the usual linear form of storytelling found in games.

SOURCE: MARVEL

Sigourney Weaver Teases Villainous Role in ‘The Defenders’

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Next year, not only will Marvel lead the genre in diversity with the upcoming Black Panter and Spider-Man: Homecoming films, but it will also debut three new Netflix series including Iron Fist, The Punisher, and the culmination of the entire Netflix corner yet, The Defenders.

The studio already dominates the superhero landscape with its epic blockbusters. But Marvel has managed to dig deeper, past the glossy popcorn flicks into something darker and moodier with its Netflix corner of the MCU. The streaming service offers Marvel a chance to explore adult themes that show us the consequences of being a street level hero fighting against corrupt politicians and the criminal underworld as the heroes try to cling to some sense of normalcy in their lives.

The Defenders is currently shooting on location in New York City. An official synopsis has yet to be released but it is known that the series will follow Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) as they put their resources together and team-up to take on Sigourney Weaver who’s villainous character is still unknown at this point.

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While promoting the new film A Monster Calls, Weaver was asked by Variety about her role in The Defenders:

“I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge.”

When Marvel officially revealed Weaver had been cast as the villain for The Defenders at New York Comic Con, the room erupted. So far each Marvel Netflix series has offered a more compelling villain than any of its theatrical outings yet. Continuing that trend, the team-up series has to serve up a villain who can not only challenge all four of the main heroes but shake them to their core. Weaver certainly has her work cut out for her because following Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, or Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth is going to be no small feat. But having an iconic actress such as herself in the mix playing a powerful woman seems like the perfect way to elevate the villains of the Netflix corner even further.

The Defenders hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

SOURCE: VARIETY

IMAX Doubles Down; Inhumans Has A Premiere Date

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Two weeks ago Marvel announced a groundbreaking partnership between IMAX and Disney/ABC Television Group to bring Marvel’s The Inhumans to the small screen. In an unprecedented move, the series will first see a theatrical debut exclusively in IMAX theaters on Labor Day 2017 for the first two episodes shot entirely with IMAX cameras. Following the theatrical debut, ABC will capitalize on The Inhumans by premiering extended versions of the first two episodes before beginning its fall 2017 run. Currently, the series is capped at eight episodes with subsequent action sequences also to be shot with IMAX cameras.

Per a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, The Inhumans now has a premiere date. While speaking at the Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, CEO of IMAX Entertainment Greg Foster revealed the series will debut on ABC on September 26, 2017, after hitting theaters on or around September 1.

Foster also shared some more major news, revealing that IMAX is doubling down with its entry into the world of television:

“This is at the high end of the range of what we’ll be doing, but we’re already looking for a second [series]. This is a really exciting opportunity that could blossom into more.”

Just what exactly could IMAX be looking to get involved with? While on the subject of The Inhumans Foster added:

“Hopefully this will spawn more seasons of the show, and opportunistically, we’re looking at other opportunities and programs that we can become part of.”

More Marvel shows seem like the smart and safe choice, especially given the success of Marvel’s foray into the darker, more mature superhero outings on Netflix. But the smarter move would be to hold back and see if their gamble pays off before greenlighting another series.

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SOURCE: THR

Wolverine Rescues X-23 in New ‘Logan’ Photo

Finally a promotional image for Logan that’s in color! The third and final outing for Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant Wolverine had been ramping up to the release of its first official trailer via its social media campaign with a slew of moody black and white photos. Since the release of the trailer, Fox has continued to drop black and white photos but it seems kind of pointless knowing the film is not going to release in black at white, at least not theatrically at this point.

Empire Magazine released a color image of Wolverine rescuing X-23 who seems to have been held prisoner. The film is set in the year 2024 and will feature a plot involving the government turning mutant children into killing machines in a top-secret government program called ‘Transigen’. X-23 is a young girl named Laura Kinney, daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, who was a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment. Kinney — against her superiors orders — produced a female subject after she proposed to create a female Wolverine due to the Y-Chromosome of the only genetic sample in the program being damaged. As punishment for her insubordination, Kinney was forced to serve as surrogate mother for the clone leading to the birth of Laura.

In the film set in a seemingly X-Men absent future, an older Logan and X-23 are being hunted by the Reavers, a group of cyborg assassins led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holdbrook).

In addition to serving as mentor and protector of X-23, Wolverine has his hands full taking care of Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) who is in a state of cognitive decline. It seems in his age, the Professor’s powers have gotten the best of him. Assisting Wolverine is Caliban (Stephen Merchant), an albino mutant who has the ability to track other mutants.

The film’s official synopsis reads:

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.
Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

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Kevin Feige on The Importance Of Diversity in the MCU

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige (our lord and savior) has helped make comic book movies some of the most profitable films of all time. Feige cut his teeth in the early days before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was established. He produced such films as Spider-Man 2 and Fantastic Four, learning what worked and what didn’t work. Today he continues to guide the MCU, reaching new heights with every film. Both Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange were both smash hits and helped solidify the MCU’s new standard of quality first reached with Captain America: Winter Solider.

Feige has managed to cast an absurd amount of A-list talent in the MCU including Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Scarlett Johannson, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tilda Swinton. As incredible as the cast of the MCU is, there’s one major problem. They are all white.

The upcoming Marvel’s Black Panther solo feature will begin to offset that trend with a cast that includes Chadwick BosemanForest WhitakerMichael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Bassett. While speaking with Variety, Feige expressed the importance of moving forward with a more diverse cast and crew not just racially, but in terms of gender as well:

“When you look at “Black Panther” — when you look at “Captain Marvel,” which will be Brie Larson in the title role — it is a very important thing for us to have diversity both in front of the camera and behind the camera.”

On the subject of Captain Marvel which stars Brie Larson, Feige also added:

“Having a female director at the helm to tell the story of a woman who is also our most powerful hero by far is very important to us.”

While Hollywood and Marvel still have a long way to go, Marvel is already making strides as it recently announced every episode of season two of its female-led series, Jessica Jones will be directed by women.

This year also saw the release of season one of Luke Cage which featured a primarily African-American cast while at the same time remaining inclusive to every race. The series featured an Emmy-worthy performance from actress Alfre Woodard as well as Rosario Dawson and Simone Missick in major parts. But what was exceptional about the series set in Harlem was the way it took hip-hop culture and engrained it into the story, becoming an integral part of the narrative.

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SOURCE: VARIETY