Superhero movie fans would be hard pressed to find to tonally and stylistically different films than DC Films’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The former is self-serious, dark, and ominous, while the latter is equal parts bright colors, popular music, and jokes.
Have you ever wondered what might happen if someone combined the two? One fan did, and then provided an answer.
Chandler Balli (@CinematicEX on Twitter) imagined what Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice might be like if it borrowed the opening sequence from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. What you get is Ben Affleck’s Batman beating up thugs to the tune of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” accompanied by some stylish credits.
The end result really isn’t bad. Perhaps Zack Sndyer and James Gunn should find a project to collaborate on.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn ofJustice, It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire…
King Arthur, helmed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, is projected to debut in the $25 million range domestically after costing Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow $175 million to produce before a major marketing spend.
The story follows Arthur, who had a tough upbringing in the back…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the biggest movie in the world right now. Marvel fans and moviegoers alike are all abuzz with excitement over the legendary outlaw Star-Lord and his dysfunctional found family.
That family earned some new members in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the Guardians of the Galaxy family of the Marvel Comics universe is even larger than that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With so many great Guardians to choose from how do you pick a favorite? It was difficult, but we did our best, and now we’re counting down the top ten members of the Guardians of the Galaxy ever.
After saving the universe from the threat of Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet and then watching over the Infinity Gems as the leader of the Infinity Watch, Adam Warlock had settled into a well-earned retirement.
However, when Ultron began conquering the galaxy with an army of Phalanx at his back, Warlock knew it was time to come out of retirement and defend the galaxy.
When the dust was clear and Ultron was finally defeated, Warlock stuck around. When Star-Lord announced that he was forming a team to keep the galaxy safe from future Annihilation-level threats, Warlock signed on as a founding member of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy.
Mantis was born the daughter of Libra, a criminal turned religious ascetic. She was once considered a candidate to become the “Celestial Madonna,” a cosmic goddess of light.Though she never attained that title, she has a host of other capabilities.
She earned the name Mantis by excelling at her martial arts training. When it comes to hand-to-hand combat, she’s on par with the best that the Marvel Univers has to offer.
Mantis also has a host of psychic abilities. She primarily uses psychic emphatic to read the feelings of others but is also capable of psychic feats such as precognition, astral projection, and pyrokinesis.
Mantis has been an Avenger and Guardian of the Galaxy. Currently, she is a member of the Knowhere Corps, the hero team that maintains the peace on Knowhere.
Moondragon was born Heather Douglas, the daughter of Arthur Douglas who has now known as Drax the Destroyer. Like her father, Moondragon considers Thanos to be her mortal enemy.
Moondragon is a telepath and gifted martial artist, capable of defeating even a master like Mantis. Before she was a Guardian of the Galaxy, Moondragon worked alongside Adam Warlock as a member of the Infinity Watch, helping to keep watch over the powerful Infinity Gems.
Moondragon worked with the other cosmic heroes during the Annihilation events and later joined her father as a member of Star-Lord’s Guardians of the Galaxy. These days she’s a part of the Knowhere Corps.
Starhawk is a core member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team from the year 3000 of the Earth-691 universe.
Starhawk is the daughter of Quasar and Ayesha. Is endowed with the powers fo the…
As we’ve recently discovered, a lot of the things that normally would be CG’d in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was done with actual makeup and prosthetics. As Comicbook.com wrote today, “In a broadcast by Adam Kruger of Anchor.fm, we learned that Young Ego was created by 90% makeup work, and only 10% CGI work. That’s a far cry from other flashback moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (see: Michael Douglas in Ant-Man; Young Tony Stark in Captain: Civil War) which have clearly used extensive CGI work to achieve their de-aged effect.”
While Kurt Russell’s Ego might have been easy to work with – actor Chris Sullivan’s Taserface clearly was not. The (to put it nicely) hard to look at Taserface was the work of a team of make up artists over a period of hours….
had a lot of exciting and clever moments, but there was one in particular that was significantly more enjoyable to longtime Marvel fans than to casual viewers. While Rocket, Yondu and Kraglin were struggling to stay conscious as their ship made 700 jumps, one of the areas of the MCU cosmos they passed by was where Stan Lee in an astronaut’s suit was telling a group of tall, bald humanoids about his exploits on Earth. This moment, and the post-credits scene that came later, confirmed that Lee has been playing the same character in all his MCU cameos, but more importantly, it officially introduced the Watchers, a.k.a. the bald guys, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While their inclusion in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was more of a throwaway gag, in the grand scheme of things, bringing in The Watchers could have big implications for the franchise, namely with how tied they are with this universe’s history.
In the Marvel Comics universe, the Watchers are one of the oldest species in the universe, and they have one primary purpose. Can you guess what this is? Yes, as the name clearly states, they’re tasked with observing civilizations across the universe, recording all events with their advanced technology. Millions of years ago, they attempted to help an alien race by bestowing them with advanced knowledge, but that act eventually led to the race’s self-destruction. As a result, the Watchers as a whole declared that they are not allowed to interfere in events on any world. They are literally only allowed watch what happens in their respective sectors. The Watchers are primarily represented in the comics by Uatu, who was assigned to observe Earth and its solar system, but has broken the non-interference policy to help our world’s heroes and citizens.
Although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 marked the Watchers’ first appearance in the MCU, there’s been a fan theory running for years that Stan Lee was a Watcher given that his character popped up in all of these movies, be it on Earth or an alien planet and looking the same age no matter what the year. While Lee in that astronaut suit clearly doesn’t look anything like a legitimate Watcher, those scenes were a fun nod to what fans had been speculating about, and they also set up that his mysterious character has a relationship with…
Author’s note: This column contains minor spoilers.
JAMES GUNN was working on a treatment for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ when he got the idea for what he envisioned as “the greatest opening sequence of all time.”
Thunderstruck by the concept, the director brought producer Simon Hatt into the room and told him to shoot Gunn’s movements on an iPhone. And right then and there, as Hatt watched, Gunn — this former punk rocker who grew up on ’70s tunes — began dancing. And dancing.
Gunn grabbed a plastic rabbit toy that he pretended was a large, sweeping and swooping enemy monster. As he did, Hatt shot clip after video clip.
And that is how one of the most joyous opening-credit action sequences in recent memory was born.
In the finished film, the wee and adorable CGI sapling Baby Groot shakes and slides in the foreground while his fellow Guardians attack a sharp-toothed, squid-like monstrosity in the background. The whole extended scene is set to the strains of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” after one Guardian, Rocket Raccoon, is working to plug in a sound system.
When the first footage of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was made public, the internet became fascinated with Star-Lord’s new shirt. The graphic t-shirt featured text in what appeared to be an alien language, leading to rampant speculation about what the shirt’s message was.
Now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is playing in theaters, costume designer Judianna Makovsky is clarifying what the graphic shirt is actually all about.
“I think people are reading a lot more into it,” Makovsky told Fashionista, laughing. “When I first started the film, [director] James Gunn said he wanted to give everybody more of a cool rock star feeling and I said, ‘Well, usually that means a graphic T-shirt.’ He went, ‘Perfect, I want a graphic T-shirt.’ So we did a lot of graphics that would advertise either products or candy and we actually used alphabet [from the “Klyn” language] from his first film. It’s very simple; it says ‘Gear Shift’ on it.”
The rock star look is fitting for a “legendary outlaw” like Star-Lord, though even…
Arguably the biggest theme throughout the entirety of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was family. Nearly every character involved in the movie underwent various stages of growth both personally and in their relationships with those close to them.
With the main story arc of Vol. 2 involving Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) need to find his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), movie-goers were shocked to find that his father turned out to be the movie’s main antagonist.
Unbeknownst to Yondu — who has been hired by Ego to retrieve Peter from Earth — Ego had planned to use Peter’s powers to essentially cover every planet in the universe with his own organic material. Eventually, Yondu found out Ego’s True intentions and ultimately decided to raise Peter himself.
Towards the end of Vol. 2, Peter makes the realization that a dad isn’t necessarily always your biological father. In this case, Yondu ended up making the ultimate sacrifice so that Peter could live. Except Vol. 2 director James Gunn wasn’t always sure that the ending would have ended on that big of a heart breaker.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will change the way we watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies forever.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) is an impressive undertaking. It spans superhero franchises as tiny as Ant-Man to behemoths like The Avengers, weaving together everything from Dr. Strange and his mystic powers to Iron Man and his billionaire antics.
But all these various superhero sub-franchises share one pretty massive problem in common: Nobody of significance ever dies and then stays dead. Spoilers follow.
Playing it safe.
Okay, sure, they die a little. They are, at times, mostly dead. It just doesn’t stick.
Groot “dies” in Guardians of the Galaxy but he comes back as an even more adorable baby Groot by the end of the film. Loki “dies” in the second Thor film, only to be revived by the end. Nick Fury was only faking his death in Captain America: Winter Soldier. The list of fake deaths goes on and on and frankly it’s a massive issue for the MCU.
When deaths are always fake-outs, and no significant character ever really dies, we never find ourselves sitting on the edge of our seats. Nobody we care about will die, so why worry?
In Age of Ultron, Pietro Maximoff dies saving Hawkeye, but he’s a character who was introduced in that same film and who I think it’s safe to say, many viewers have completely forgotten about. If that movie wanted to really rock viewers and make the MCU feel truly dangerous, they would have killed off Hawkeye.
Instead, time and time again, the MCU plays it safe. Nobody really dies. Nobody really pays the ultimate price. And audiences never really have to worry, since every conflict, no matter how huge, will ultimately be resolved with a few bruises. Goons will die. Civvies will die. But our heroes, great and small, will remain unscathed.
CW’s DC shows have a similar problem.
This reminds me of a very similar problem that the CW’s DC Comics shows have.
Time and again, characters die only to be resurrected. To be fair, the CW has left a couple of its major corpses in the dirt, but you still never know. They could come back. Or some version of them from Earth 2 (or 20) might show up. Okay, some version will almost certainly show up.
The Flash uses every excuse in the book to bring back actor Tom Cavanagh and some version of Harrison Wells. Time travel makes any number of past or alternative versions of characters possible. Time travel plus multiple Earths pretty much negate the risk of anyone ever dying, which really takes the sting out of the show.
The Lance sisters have taken turns dying and coming back to life…
NEW YORK – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut in North America, kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with something the movie business has been craving: a sequel more successful than the original.
Director James Gunn’s second “Guardians” film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That release, which introduced the intergalactic band of misfits played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, debuted with $94 million in its first weekend.
Once a little-known, oddball property in Marvel’s vault, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” have grown into one of the comic-book factory’s biggest brands.
The Walt Disney Co. validated the rise of “Guardians,” too, by moving it from August (when the original opened) to the first weekend in May. Marvel has used the same weekend to effectively launch the summer season for the last decade.
The opening for “Guardians Vol. 2,” made for about $200 million, is the second largest of the year, following Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($174.8 million). But it also turns back the tide of underperforming sequels, a developing scourge to Hollywood. Last summer saw a litany of sequels that failed to live up to earlier installments.
“We spent a lot of time looking at sequels and the idea of sequel-itis,” said David Hollis, distribution chief for Disney. “Really, poor quality films have been the thing that has, more than anything, been rejected by consumers over time. The ambition here was to make something that was unbelievably fresh…