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  •  "Ain't No Thing Like Me Except Me" (22+ / 0-)

    Last night, JML9999 posted the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, which is Marvel's bet that they can make even an anthropomorphic tree and raccoon work in a movie and their larger cinematic universe.

    There are little Easter eggs in the trailer that hint at the bigger Marvel Universe, as well as quick shots of the antagonists.

    This is the first reveal of Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser. In the Marvel 616 universe, Ronan is a significant member of the Kree race, and sent by the Kree's Supreme Intelligence to investigate matters for the Kree Empire. But in Marvel's Ultimate Universe, Ronan is the son of Thanos, and helps defend Thanos' empire. Ronan carries around a big hammer that gives him a bunch of different abilities. He is the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy.

    That's Glenn Close as the leader of the Nova Corps. The Nova Corps is the Marvel equivalent of DC's Green Lantern Corps, except no cool power rings or old blue aliens telling people what to do.

    Knowhere is a space port on the edge of space. It was created out of the decapitated head of a Celestial, a race of extremely powerful, armored alien beings that apparently also exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe too. How the Celestial died and what could of decapitated it is unknown. Knowhere is the home base of the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) who appeared in the end-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World taking possession of the Aether.

    During the trailer, Ronan can be seen clutching a purple object. It might be one of the Infinity Gems. Within the Marvel Universe, there are six gems that give the holder power over certain aspects of the universe. If someone should control all six, they're able to control reality itself. The Tesseract from The Avengers is the "space" gem. The Aether from Thor: The Dark World is probably the "power" gem. And the jewel in Loki's scepter in The Avengers may or may not be the "mind" gem.

    That's Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, who is not that happy to see Zoe Saldana's Gamora. Nebula is a space pirate and mercenary.

    From Observation Deck:

    We see a brief snippet of what is rumored to be the epic fight between Nebula (on the left) and Gamora (on the right). In the comics, Nebula claims to be Thanos' granddaughter. A claim he denies wholeheartedly.
    •  At a guess... (10+ / 0-)
      How the Celestial died and what could of decapitated it is unknown.
    •  Well, Nova Corps are potentially interesting (7+ / 0-)

      Otherwise, you know that I'm habitually against this movie due to my impression that it was created entirely for marketing purposes - with no resemblance to the original Guardians - coming out of a major crossover event by Marvel at the time.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:59:15 PM PDT

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      •  What'll Be Interesting For Me Is... (5+ / 0-)

        Whether or not they make this work financially? If Disney and Marvel can make this work, people are buying into the Marvel brand as a movie to go see more than just an attraction to the individual characters.

        Because this is the first time they're stepping outside of the bigger named Marvel characters. Unless you're asking a comic-book fan, I doubt anyone would know who the hell Star-Lord is. And that's the main character of this movie.

        If this is successful, it would probably mean that Marvel will take more chances in branching out into the second-tier characters for their films.

        But this is a movie that could easily drown in plot if it's not careful. They have to introduce all the members of the team, all of the antagonists, set up the cosmic elements of the Marvel Universe, and work in the overarching story that connects to Thanos and the Avengers.

        •  I think you're on the point I implicitly accept (4+ / 0-)

          That is, this title was something of a free-for-all in terms of marketable characters within the comic book and fit into a major upheaval event within the Marvell Universe.  They could easily keep Ronan as the primary bad guy and throw in Nova Corps on the side for colour, but there's no doubting that:

          1.  It's in space
          2.  It's tongue-in-cheek
          3.  The leads are sexy
          4.  Any new sarcastic, sci-fi/fantasy/action film in space with hot bodies has a good chance of garnering eyeballs

          Oh, and

          5.  Rocket Raccoon was brought in as a modern day Howard the Duck, with most of the latter's losing points weeded out for the modern day audience expectations.  Action, attitude and cuteness combine in ways that a guy in a duck suit could never handle, let alone succeed as a leading character.

          Tying this into a Thanos path with the Avengers is icing on the cake, IMHO: viewers saw a glimpse of Thanos at the end of The Avengers, will hear a bit more of his story from Ronan's perspective in this film, but won't need to put any of that explicitly together until the next Avengers movie ties those elements out for its own purposes.

          That is, having backstory which also happens to move this film forward would seem to be a secondary consideration, as I don't think they need more than setting up one or two intersection points with the future Avengers storyline.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Tue May 20, 2014 at 11:01:45 PM PDT

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          •  Howard The Duck (2+ / 0-)
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            Unless something happens in the interim or I just change my mind, my FP column next Monday is probably going to be on bad movies. And Howard the Duck is one that's baffling in a lot of ways.

            It's a really expensive film where the people behind it had no idea which audience they were appealing to, so the movie has a really schizophrenic tone.

            On the one hand it tries to be a big-budget science fiction film that appeals to families, and uses Lucas' name to market to the Star Wars audience. But it's also centered around a duck having sex with Lea Thompson, features "duck tits," and a giant alien penis/tongue going into a cigarette lighter.

            There has been talk that since they have the rights to the character back, Marvel/Disney may throw Howard the Duck into one of the Marvel Studios films at some point, if only as a joke.

    •  Tire Iron(y) (8+ / 0-)

      The big screen John Carter did not do well. Irony abounds since the source material predates most of Sci-fi yet some of the published complaints involved the staleness of the material  compared to late 20th century Sci-Fi.

      The character played by Glenn Close predates both the Doctor who Reboot and Lilo and Stitch yet no doubt will be compared to Zoe Caldwell and kelly hunter

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:48:56 PM PDT

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    •  kids and i saw this preview (7+ / 0-)

      all 3 of us said "wtf"  (guardians of the galaxy)

      son & i will go to xmen thursday evening at bedtime ;-) no school friday.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:52:50 PM PDT

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