This will be a great way to celebrate my birthday. And they gave her the mohawk mask!!!!!!
This will be a great way to celebrate my birthday. And they gave her the mohawk mask!!!!!!
Possible spoilers ahead!
After the events of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Peter Jason Quill aka. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and now-Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), have become famous across the galaxy.
As Vol. 2 begins, we find the team on a mission for the genetically engineered race of super-beings known as the Sovereigns, led by one Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). The Sovereigns hired the Guardians to protect some highly valuable batteries in exchange for the recently captured Nebula (Karen Gillan). This being the Guardians, things happen, and they soon find themselves on the run from the Sovereigns.
About to be destroyed by the Sovereigns’ drone fleet, the Guardians are rescued by a mysterious being who calling himself Ego (Kurt Russell)… and he claims to be Peter’s long-lost father. Peter, Gamora and Drax accompany Ego and empath Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to Ego’s planet, while Rocket and Baby Groot remain behind to keep an eye on Nebula, and to try to repair their heavily damaged ship. Unfortunately for the Guardians, the Sovereigns hire Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his gang of Ravagers to hunt down and capture the Starlord and friends.
Right off the bat, let’s get to the question everyone is asking: is “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” better than the first movie? The answer is yes… and no.
I say “no” because the story in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is more convoluted. Where the first movie was mindless fun, this one had a lot of stuff going on. If you’re not fluent in comic speak, you’re bound to miss something, or find yourself asking guys like me what the heck is going on. But if you’ve read comics at any point, you should be fine.
But, I will also say “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a better movie because it moves the characters and the overall MCU forward. Guardians 2 also fills in story gaps and answers questions from the first movie, like: Why Nebul hates Gamora, and Drax’s back story. That’s just the start though, as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” also gives every main character an arc. And with a large cast, that’s quite a feat to pull off.
Just like in the first movie, the cast is great. The banter for the most part is pretty good, even if the poop and dick jokes fell flat. But I can overlook a couple of bad joked thanks to Baby Groot and some epic action sequences. Drax was funny as hell, and so was Tazer Face. From the new cast members, Pom Klementieff’s socialy awkward Mantis is the biggest standout, but Kurt freaking Russel is pretty cool too.
Probably the biggest surprise of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is Yondu (Michael Rooker). In many ways, this is a Yondu movie, and I don’t have a problem with that. And kudos to Michael Rooker for making the character more interesting than he ever was in the comics.
The worst thing in Guardians 2 is easily the Sovereigns. Don’t get me wrong, the group has some cool concepts (even if they look like Oscars), but as villains, they never pay off. I think the Sovereigns would have worked better if we met them at the beginning, but didn’t see them again until the mid-credit scene.
At the end of the day, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is not perfect, but it does have all the comedy and cosmic action that audiences now expect from the Guardians of the Galaxy. And it serves as a bridge to the bigger adventure yet to come. On the plus side, the soundtrack is even better than the original.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” score: B+
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” ruled the domestic box office this weekend with a huge $187.7 million haul, which is the second-biggest debut ever. Unfortunately, the top opening ever still belongs to its predecessor, “The Avengers” ($207.4 million).
Looks like the big sports weekend was mightier than Ulton.
Age of Ultron’s audience was 59 percent male and 59 percent over the age of 25, and they awarded the movie a strong “A” CinemaScore (in comparison, the first Avengers received an “A+”). Word-of-mouth should be strong, but unlike the first movie, Age of Ulton only has a couple of weeks to reign supreme. The movie should keep the number one spot next week, but it will probably fall to “Mad Max: Fury Road” once it hits theatres on May 15
The Avengers sequel also continues to do strong business overseas, where it’s already earned $439 million, and the movie hasn’t even opened in China or Japan.
Just a few hours later, Marvel fans lost their minds when it was announced that the “Avengers” sequel would be called “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Not surprisingly, we all jumped to a lot of conclusions in the process, most of them incorrect according to Joss Whedon.
In a post-panel interview with Marvel Live, the “Avengers” director put to rest a handful of assumptions — chief among them that the movie’s story would follow Marvel’s recent comic-book series of the same name. Wehdon said:
“Because we called it ‘Age of Ultron’ — and there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ recently — people assumed that was the storyline we’re doing, which is not the case,”
Well that’s good to know, because I barely got through two issues of Age of Ultron. I found the story to be a big pile of money doo. Maybe I bailed too early, who knows. Regardless, I’m glad “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has noting to do with the mini series. I think the bigger problem is what Whedon said next. During his conversation with Marvel Live, Joss Whedon revealed some key points about the title and story Age of Ultron. Joss Wheddon also added:
“We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.”
“We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.”
As most comic fans know, in the comics, Henry Pym (Ant-Man) is responsible for the creation of Ultron. But apparently that’s no longer the case. Is it safe to assume then that in the sequel Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is perhaps responsible for creating Ultron? Or is it possible that Jarvis has gone rogue? Remember that in “Iron Man 3” Jarvis was in control of the Iron Legion, perhaps hinting at what’s to come. Also, in one of the early Ulton appearances in the comics, Ultron brainwashed Jarvis.
As for their being no Hank Pym in the sequel, I have to wonder what it means for the Ant-Man movie. Remember that “Ant-Man” is scheduled to come out just months after “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theatres. Does this mean that Pym won’t be the Ant-Man in the movie? We simply don’t know yet. If Hank Pym is in the Ant-Man movie, I don’t know what you do with him. In the comics Pym is known for two things:
1. Creating Ulton
2. Beating his wife Janet van Dyne.
There is no way Disney would allow domestic abuse in one of their Marvel movies. So my guess is, the An-Man in the film will be Scott Lang and not Hank Pym. Oh, here’s another fun fact: In Marvel Comics, Ultron creates the Vision, the android Avenger and love interest of Scarlet Witch. Maybe this is where Vin Diesel pops up?
If recent reports are to be believed, then the villain roles in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been confirmed. Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro is set to play The Collector, while Lee Pace takes on the role of Ronan the Accuser, and former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan is Nebula, grand-daughter of Thanos.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of great Marvel villains, The Collector is not on my list. The Collector’s real name is Taneleer Tivan, the last surviving member of his species. In the comics, he is one of the virtually immortal Elders of the Universe. He gathers living beings and artifacts from all over the universe in an effort to protect them from Thanos, whom the Collector has foreseen has the ability to annihilate the universe. Since Thanos is supposed to be the big baddie in “Avengers 2,” I guess using The Collector makes sense. And who knows? Maybe director James Gunn will do something interesting with the character. By the way, Ophelia Lovibond was cast as an assistant to the Collector, but no character name was revealed.
I can’t picture Lee Pace as Ronan, so I’m assuming his suit will either be CGI, or changed completely for the movie. In comics, Ronan the Accuser is sometimes a villain, and sometimes hero. Ronan serves as the ultimate judge of the Kree Empire, and he’s been known to navigate the spaceways with other Cosmic heavyweights like the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, and Nova. And as we know, the Nova Corps will play a role in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
Maybe the most surprising news is that Karen Gillan is playing Nebula, and not Angela as many had predicted. In the comics Nebula claims to be the granddaughter of Thanos, but we don’t know if that plotline will show up in the film. My guess is it will be used in the movie, otherwise why bring such an obscure character to the big screen?
Many people were looking forward to her playing Angela, and I would have been cool with that. But if I had a say in things, I would have cast Karen Gillan as Thanos love interest, Death. It would be unexpected, and a huge change for the actress. And in the comics Death plays a larger role than Nebula. There are plenty of memorable stories featuring Death, but I can’t think of any starring Nebula.
I still think “Guardians Of The Galaxy” will play a role at next week’s Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con International. Maybe they’ll repeat the Avengers moment from a few years ago, when the full cast was brought on stage. Fans in Hall H would go bonkers if Marvel pulled a similar stunt with the Guardians cast.
“Man of Steel” is making big bucks worldwide for Warner Bros. and DC, and apparently Marvel took notice. Perhaps trying to take some of DC’s thunder, or perhaps getting ahead of any new Warner Bros./ DC announcements, Marvel Studios is mapping out their long-term plans.
Phase Three is scheduled to kick off on November 6th 2015 with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie. But last week we learned that the studio has a film set for a May 6th 2016 release too, and another for May 5th 2017. And yesterday we learned Marvel has yet another movie launching on July 8th 2016. So we know the release dates, but we don’t know which movies we’re getting.
At least one of those will be “Thor 3.” Since the Iron Man franchise appears to be over for now, another Thor film would make sense. That’s probably the July 2016 movie. But before Thor, I think we get a Doctor Strange film in May 2016. In the right hands, with the right cast, Doctor Strange could be a great movie. Maybe we’ll hear some news at next month’s San Diego Comic-Con?
The wildcard here is the May 5th 2017 release. I keep hearing rumblings about The Inhumans, but I have a hard time believing those rumors. For one thing, they’re not well-known characters outside comics. I know people said the same thing about Iron Man a few years ago, but I never considered Iron Man a C-list character. Maybe that’s just me though…
I suppose one of the announced dates could be another Captain America film, but I’m not so sure. The first movie is not exactly a “classic,” or beloved like some of the other Marvel movies. I think the studio will wait to see how “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” does before green lighting another sequel.
So to recap, “Iron Man 3” is still making tons of money in theaters, “Thor: The Dark World” drops on November 8, 2013. Then “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014. Phase 2 concludes when “The Avengers 2” enters theatres on May 1, 2015. While Marvel Phase 3 kicks off with “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015, followed by the unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
Me thinks Marvel Studios is being very ambitious, and it will probably pay off.
Woo-hoo! Marvel has regained the film rights to Ghost Rider and Blade. This comes just days after acquiring back the rights to Daredevil. The news came in the latest issue of “Entertainment Weekly” out now. In an article spotlighting “Iron Man 3”, film producer and Marvel Studios’ president of production Kevin Feige confirmed that rights to Ghost Rider from Sony Pictures and Blade from New Line Cinema have reverted back to Marvel. Yay!
While at Sony Pictures, Ghost Rider saw two movie installments. First in 2007 with “Ghost Rider” and then 2012 “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” Ghost Rider was played by Nicholas Cage in both flicks. The 2007 film earned $115,802,596 domestically, while last year’s sequel only managed $51,774,002 domestically. Both films were met with negative reactions, and yawns from comic book fans. I feel an R rating would have helped, and oh yeah: A good script.
The Blade film series from New Line Cinema, had three movies under their belt all starring actor and martial artist Wesley Snipes. The first film was released in 1998 preceding even the “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” films. You could say the first Blade movie re-ignited interest in the superhero movie. Two sequels followed, 2002 brought “Blade II” directed by Guillermo del Toro. Then in 2004 “Blade Trinity” added Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel to the cast. “Blade Trinity” underperformed, earning only $52,411,906. That basically killed the film series. Although, there was a short-lived TV series on Spike TV, starring Kirk Jones as Blade.
While I think its great news both properties are back at Marvel, I don’t expect we’ll be seeing reboots anytime soon. The Twilight crap has tainted vampires for the near future, and comic book fans still cringe when they hear “Ghost rider movie.” I have no doubt we’ll see both characters someday, but it won’t be anytime soon.