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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3: 10 Questions About The MCU’s Universe It Needs To Answer

Although it’ll be delayed while James Gunn finishes work on the sequel to Suicide Squad, which may or may not also function as a reboot, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on the way. A lot has happened to the Guardians between their second and third movies. Most of them have died and been resurrected while the rest have suffered the grief, and Gamora’s whereabouts are unknown.

A lot happened to the world of the MCU, too: the Snap, the Blip, the invention of time travel, the destruction of the Infinity Stones, the creation of a bunch of alternate timelines. So, here are 10 Questions About The MCU’s Universe Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Needs To Answer.

RELATED: 10 Reasons Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The MCU’s Best Solo Franchise

10 How were other planets affected by the Snap?

The double whammy of Infinity War and Endgame had universe-wide ramifications, but since the Avengers are Earth’s mightiest heroes, we only really saw how Thanos’ destructive finger-snap affected life on terra firma.

The only other planet where we saw people turn to dust was Titan, and that was only because Iron Man and co were there. Spider-Man: Far From Home showed us how Earth has been coping after a very strange five years. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can show us how other planets have been coping, as well as how the Snap – which would have occurred to them spontaneously, with no build-up or explanation – affected other races.

9 What did the Sovereign do with Adam Warlock?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was set in 2014, just a couple of months after the first one, and Avengers: Infinity War caught up with the Guardians a few years later, in 2018 (ish – the timeline of the MCU is very confusing).

In the post-credits scene of Vol. 2, we saw Ayesha creating a powerful artificial being capable of destroying the Guardians, naming it “Adam.” Marvel fans got excited for the introduction of Adam Warlock, but it’s now been nine years (ish) in the story’s timeline and he has yet to make an appearance. Vol. 3 will have to explain the reason for this.

8 Is there really a multiverse?

Although all the trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home teased a multiverse that many fans thought would introduce the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it turned out Mysterio was lying the whole time. However, as confirmed by Doctor Strange and the Ancient One, there is still a multiverse in the MCU.

RELATED: Far From Home: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About J. Jonah Jameson

The question remains, will we ever get to actually see these alternate realities? With the search for Gamora and the introduction of Adam Warlock, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might already be too overstuffed to get into this, but perhaps it could be the subject of a post-credits stinger.

7 What was the impact of Ego’s attack on the universe?

In the final battle of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ego begins his plan to remake the universe in his own image. Luckily, Quill manages to stop him before anybody is killed. But before then, we see a montage of glowing black sludge engulfing various planets, including Earth.

We see dozens of humans fleeing the sludge as it destroys a whole street full of cars. When Quill kills Ego, stopping his takeover of the universe, the sludge just grinds to a halt and cools down. And yet, no one on Earth – or any of the other planets, for that matter – has mentioned it since.

6 Where has Captain Marvel been for 20 years?

Avengers: Endgame hinted at why Carol Danvers didn’t show up to help the Avengers sooner when she said she’d been off helping planets that didn’t have their own superhero team to protect them. While no one is expecting Brie Larson to make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as the MCU’s only planet-hopping solo franchise, the Guardians threequel does have an opportunity to show the effects of some of her work.

Maybe the Guardians could stop off at a planet where there’s a shrine to Captain Marvel to commemorate her for fending off an alien invasion that once threatened them.

5 Will Xandar’s destruction lead to Nova’s MCU debut?

Fans have been excited for Nova to make his MCU debut ever since the Nova Corps was introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He was speculated to appear in Avengers: Endgame, but he didn’t.

RELATED: 10 Reasons Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The MCU’s Best Solo Franchise

In the comics, Richard Rider takes on the superhero alter ego Nova when he becomes the final surviving member of the Nova Corps. It seems reasonable to assume the Nova Corps died during Thanos’ off-screen destruction of Xandar in Avengers: Infinity War, so it would be great to see Nova make his introduction into the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

4 Where is Red Skull?

The Russo brothers have said that once the Soul Stone has been relinquished, Red Skull is free to leave Vormir. He’s now given away the Soul Stone twice and still never left Vormir (at least not on-screen).

While it’s too late for him to have a rematch with Captain America, it would still be interesting to see where he ended up. The answer to this one could be saved for a mid-credits scene since Red Skull probably doesn’t have a place in the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The fact that he’s off in the depths of space means his inclusion in a Guardians tease makes sense.

3 What’s going on with the Watchers?

Stan Lee’s cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 offered a fun confirmation of a popular fan theory, that Lee manages to be in so many places in different bodies in the MCU because he’s a Watcher keeping an eye on the Avengers.

RELATED: 10 Questions Spider-Man: Far From Home Answers About Phase 4 of the MCU

However, this fun little scene also introduced the existence of the Watchers in the MCU. In the comics, the Watchers are an omniscient alien race, led by Uatu, whose job is to watch over the multiverse. If the Watchers return in Vol. 3, it could be a way of explaining the multiverse in the MCU.

2 Was there a different Guardians of the Galaxy team before Star-Lord came along?

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sylvester Stallone appeared as Stakar Ogord, who used to be in a team with Yondu and ostracized him for trafficking Ego’s kids. He later forgave Yondu and attended his funeral. In a mid-credits scene, Stakar rallies the rest of his and Yondu’s old team: Ving Rhames as Charlie-27, an uncredited Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe, Michael Rosenbaum as Martinex T’Naga, Michelle Yeoh as Aleta Ogord, and Krugarr.

In the comics, these are the original Guardians of the Galaxy who debuted in 1969. James Gunn has already said that Stakar is “very important to the Marvel universe,” and promised that “it’s our plan to see more of Stallone.”

1 Are Soul Stone deaths really permanent?

When Thanos first arrived on Vormir to collect the Soul Stone, Red Skull told him, “A soul for a soul.” In other words, you have to sacrifice the person you care about the most to attain the Soul Stone. Thanos decided to sacrifice Gamora, and despite Soul Stone deaths supposedly being permanent, she still returned in Endgame – albeit with all her character development undone – thanks to the wonders of time travel. At the end of that movie, she was nowhere to be seen.

She didn’t attend Tony Stark’s funeral and she didn’t board the Benatar with the other Guardians. But fans are still holding out hope that she’ll be back.

NEXT: Guardians Of The Galaxy: 10 Fan Theories About Where Gamora Is


2019-07-12 05:07:23

Ben Sherlock

10 Reasons Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The MCU’s Best Solo Franchise

When Guardians of the Galaxy was first released back in 2014, it wasn’t expected to do very well at the box office. It was the first movie in the MCU not to be based on a well-known comic book property and it had a talking raccoon, a talking tree, and a quirky sense of humor. However, pundits were surprised when the movie resonated with a huge audience. And the 2017 sequel was even bigger.

RELATED: Guardians Of The Galaxy: 10 Fan Theories About Where Gamora Is

There are a few MCU characters with solo franchises, but it’s arguably the Guardians that have the strongest one. So, here are 10 Reasons Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The MCU’s Best Solo Franchise.

10 There are no weak links (yet)

The Guardians franchise has yet to include a bad movie. Every other MCU solo franchise has at least one installment that isn’t up to snuff, either failing to reach the standard set by the franchise or simply being considered a tad “meh.”

The first Captain America movie doesn’t reach the heights that the Russo brothers’ later installments would, while Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World are, at best, divisive among fans. Now, granted, there have only been two Guardians movies where most of the MCU’s solo franchises are trilogies, but as it stands, the Guardians solo franchise is the only one where every installment is an all-time MCU great.

9 Relatable characters

It’s hard to make superheroes relatable, because they’re “super” by nature, but Guardians of the Galaxy does it. Peter Quill is perhaps the most ordinary character in the MCU. He doesn’t have discernible superpowers, he was raised by a single mother in Missouri, and he’s not even shown to be a particularly good outlaw.

RELATED: The 10 Most Relatable Characters In The MCU, Ranked

But that just serves to make him relatable. And this goes for the rest of the characters in the Guardians movies. Anyone with a sister can relate to Gamora’s rivalry with Nebula, while people dealing with personal loss can identify with Drax. Rocket pretends not to care, because he has the biggest heart of all, and we can all relate to that.

8 Rewatchable origin story

Origin stories, by their very nature, don’t make very rewatchable movies. They’re interesting the first time, but after that, you just want to see your favorite heroes in action. Batman Begins spends an hour explaining how Bruce Wayne became Batman, whereas The Dark Knight has no such burden and can just dive right into the superhero action.

However, the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie – which doesn’t give us the origin stories of each individual team member, but does give us the origin story of the team itself – is one of the most rewatchable movies in the whole MCU. This is partly because it’s so wildly entertaining, but also partly due to its streamlined plotting. It wastes no time setting up the characters, getting them in prison together, establishing why they need each other and how they end up working together, and sending them off on their first adventure.

7 A recognizable theme tune

One of the most common criticisms of the MCU is that there aren’t any instantly recognizable musical pieces like there are in franchises like Star Wars and Back to the Future. However, there are some memorable ones. The five-note Avengers motif is suitably breathtaking and Michael Giacchino’s retooling of the classic Spider-Man theme is delightful.

But Guardians of the Galaxy is the only solo franchise in the MCU with its own unmistakable theme tune, composed by Tyler Bates. And this is particularly impressive, since the Guardians movies’ soundtracks are famous for their use of ‘70s pop music as opposed to a traditional orchestral score.

6 It actually has its own genre

Kevin Feige says that every movie in the MCU fits into a different genre: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a ‘70s-style political thriller, Ant-Man is a heist movie, Captain Marvel is a ‘90s-style action movie etc. But on the whole, they all fit into the same category of superhero cinema.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are the only ones that actually feel like they fit into a different genre. They’re spacefaring sci-fi stories, with a hint of comedy. Part of what makes the Guardians of the Galaxy movies the best MCU solo franchise is that they stick out from the rest of the MCU. They could literally exist as an entirely separate franchise and stand on their own.

5 Memorable villains

The MCU is often criticized for having a “villain problem,” but this doesn’t apply to the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. A great villain is one with a unique connection to the hero – e.g. Doc Ock is Spidey’s mentor, the Winter Soldier is Cap’s brainwashed best friend etc. – and both of the Guardians of the Galaxy films have that.

In the first one, the Guardians are pursued by Gamora’s sister Nebula and her father’s loyal servant Ronan the Accuser. In the second one, although the twist could be seen a mile off, Quill’s biological father Ego turned out to be a genocidal psycho.

4 Iconic soundtracks

The Guardians of the Galaxy movies weren’t the first MCU installments to toy around with a soundtrack of diegetic (a fancy word for music that can be heard by the characters and not just the audience), licensed music. Iron Man had been blasting the sounds of AC/DC from his armor for years before Peter Quill and his Walkman came along.

But there’s no arguing that the Guardians movies have the best soundtracks. Quill’s “Awesome Mix” tapes are an emotional part of the story, since his mother gave him one of them before the died and the other as a posthumous gift, and all of the songs featured on them are classics: David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, the Jackson 5, George Harrison, Sam Cooke, and many, many more.

3 Well-developed character arcs

The MCU’s success lives and dies with its characters’ arcs, and the character arcs in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are beautifully drawn. The first movie saw Peter Quill move on from his mother’s death, then the second one saw him meet his biological father and realize Yondu was a loving dad all along.

RELATED: Every Guardians Of The Galaxy MCU Character Arc, Ranked

Gamora has been trying to leave her past as a Thanos-worshipping killer behind; Rocket has learned that it’s okay to let your guard down and care about people; Drax has found a new family to make life without his own bearable. These characters and their arcs are very clear-cut and well-developed.

2 Actors with chemistry

Whoever is in charge of casting for the MCU is doing a damn fine job. There isn’t a single actor in a major role in the MCU who isn’t perfectly suited to that role. But the casting of Guardians of the Galaxy goes one step further. Not only are all the actors the ideal choices for their characters, they also have impeccable chemistry with one another.

Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have built a real, honest relationship in these movies, and even the actors who give vocal performances as CGI characters, like Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, share on-screen chemistry.

1 The perfect balance of heart and humor

All of the MCU’s movies have a healthy balance of heart (moments that hit you right in the feels) and humor (moments that tickle your ribs). It is this balance that has arguably made the franchise the phenomenal success that it is, because it has universal appeal. But arguably, no MCU installments have struck that balance quite as perfectly as the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Usually, an MCU movie will veer more one way than the other; the Captain America movies make us feel more than they make us laugh, while the Ant-Man movies make us laugh more than they make us feel. But the Guardians movies have both in equal – and equally effective – measure.

NEXT: 10 Star-Lord Quotes That Prove He’s All Of Us


2019-07-10 05:07:31

Ben Sherlock

The Guardians of the Galaxy Look A Bit Different After Avengers: Endgame

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame might be the end of a decade-long story, but it also results in a new beginning, especially for the Guardians of the Galaxy who now have Thor on their team. After a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster, the original Avengers came together to form a plan to beat Thanos and get back those that he took away. For that to happen, a few characters had to pay with their lives. Those losses will now affect the surviving Avengers and their allies among the galaxy.

Each character dealt with PTSD following the Mad Titan’s snap. Some handled it more harshly than others. Clint, for example, shed his Hawkeye identity to turn into a deadly assassin known as Ronin. Thor’s grief took him a different route. He lost most of his Asgardian people at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. After failing to take out Thanos the first time, the Norse god became overcome with even more guilt. He constructed New Asgard but let go of his muscular, god-like appearance, transforming into an unkempt, overweight shell of his previous self. Without a sense of purpose, Thor preferred drowning himself with beer and self-loathing.

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Thankfully, the Hulk and Rocket convinced Thor to assist in their new mission. The quest re-teamed Thor and Rocket to go back to Asgard in the hopes of retrieving the reality stone. The journey served as a wake-up call for the God of Thunder. Not only did he realize his importance to the Avengers team, but also that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

Avengers: Endgame set up a number of storylines that could be investigated in future MCU installments. It also provides gaps in the timeline that can be explored through the various projects in development through Disney+. The Avengers have been through a lot since they were first introduced as an official team in 2012. It’s time for a new chapter for the Avengers and the fellow heroes present in the MCU. By the looks of it, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be getting their own changes with the addition of a new member.

The Avengers successfully defeated Thanos using time travel and undid his galactic destruction, but it was a costly feat. Now down a few members, the original heroic squad will never be the same. But that doesn’t mean the MCU won’t feature epic team-ups in the future. Endgame closed out with Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy in what could be a perfect setup for an upcoming movie.

The God of Thunder went through a very emotional realization throughout Endgame. In the end, he took his mother’s message to heart, forgetting who he is supposed to be. Instead, Thor must succeed as the person he already is, even if that means taking more time to find himself again. To follow that path, Thor handed off the reins as the leader of New Asgard to Valkyrie and jumped aboard the Guardians’ ship.

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Thor clearly felt a bond with members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, specifically his “rabbit” and tree friends, Rocket and Groot. Thor spent much of Endgame as a lost soul overcome with grief and failure. Rocket was a major factor in helping the hero snap out of his self-loathing behavior. It makes sense why Thor would feel a kinship to Rocket. Now that he regained feeling worthy enough, it’s no surprise that Thor would want to assist on new quests.

Even though Thor’s addition would greatly help the Guardians on their missions, some members seemed more welcoming than others. Peter Quill and Thor quipped at one another regarding the leadership of the group. Drax and Mantis hilariously suggested that the two should solve their disagreements with a knife fight. As fun as it is to see the two powerful egos to banter back in forth, it’s obvious that they would have each other’s back when necessary. So could this be the official introduction to the Asgardians of the Galaxy in the MCU?

While Thor joined his new group on the ship, he referred to them as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy.” At first, it seemed like Thor was just having a laugh at the pun he came up with, combining the Guardians’ title and his own Asgardian identity. The line was probably added in there as a joke, but there’s actually a team known as the Asgardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics.

The team first debuted in September 2018 in Asgardians of the Galaxy #1. The series, which is still in publication, was created by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli. The band of Asgardians includes some very interesting characters. Here’s a breakdown of the Asgardians of the Galaxy team:

  • Angela – The long lost sister of Thor who brings together the team that goes on to call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy. She was also a previous member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Valkyrie – The warrior is also known by her Asgardian name, Brunnhilde. In the comics, Valkyrie was a part of the Defenders and a founding member of the Secret Avengers.
  • Annabelle Riggs – A scientist on Earth that shares a connection with Valkyrie allowing them to switch places through a host body.
  • Throg – Also known as Puddlegulp, Throg comes from a community of frogs living in Central Park. It’s later revealed that he’s actually a human named Simon Walterson who was turned into a frog by a witch. He eventually finds a shard of Mjolnir and becomes the Frog of Thunder. And yes, he wears a Thor costume.
  • Thunderstrike – Kevin Masterson is the son of Eric Masterson, a man who served as a host body for Thor. Kevin gets his powers from a mace left by his father.
  • Kid Loki – A reincarnation of Loki who encompasses all the traits as the God of Mischief.
  • Destroyer – A magical suit of Asgardian armor that is remotely controlled by Kid Loki.
  • Skurge the Executioner – The former villain is tricked by Kid Loki into leaving the afterlife to join the misfits who call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy.

Related: Every Returning Character In Avengers: Endgame

It’s safe to assume that Throg, Kid Loki, and their friends won’t be featured in the MCU, but what does Avengers: Endgame mean for the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy? With Thor 4 still up in the air, it now remains possible that Marvel Studios intends to combine a Thor sequel with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Director James Gunn has been reinstated after his controversial firing following his Twitter debacle. Even though adding Thor to the Guardians might not be Gunn’s decision, it could have been something Marvel Studios planned all along.

When looking back, Thor: Ragnarok matches the tone of both Guardians of the Galaxy installments. The character of Thor had a notable amount of chemistry with the Guardians and Chris Hemsworth’s comedic persona as the God of Thunder fits perfectly with Star-Lord and his crew. Considering Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been delayed for quite some time, this gives the creative team plenty of time to add Thor to the Guardians’ equation.

This also gives the MCU an opportunity to feature one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes without having to delve into another solo story. The Gamora from Infinity War is still dead but there is now a past version of Gamora lurking around in the present timeline. Since she has no memories of the Guardians, she felt no allegiance to joining them after taking out Thanos. Quill clearly wants to search for her which provides evidence to the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whatever option they decide, it’s safe to say that Thor will be a part of that new mission.

Next: Everything We Know About Avengers 5


2019-04-26 01:04:10

Kara Hedash

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Voted Most Anticipated Future MCU Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 tops fans’ list as their most-anticipated future Marvel Studios film. It’s been a tumultuous last several months for the MCU cosmic sub-franchise, having been put through the wringer after director and writer James Gunn was booted out of the job last year when his past offensive tweets were unearthed. For quite a time, the job was up for grabs, but in an unprecedented move, Disney reconsidered and hired Gunn back. And the public is excited about the project now more than ever.

Not much is known regarding the narrative for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, considering that much of it is expected to hinge on Avengers: Endgame. Considering the state of majority of the heroes after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, only Rocket and Nebula are left from their ranks. Kraglin is supposedly on his own mission, and there’s a good chance that he also survived the snap. So at this point, it’s difficult to gauge how the threequel will pan out given the circumstance. Despite that, fans are excited to see where the cosmic heroes’ next adventure will bring them.

Related: Every MCU Movie Coming After Captain Marvel

According to a poll done by Rotten Tomatoes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the most-anticipated MCU film post-Endgame. The Gunn directed/written film garnered 63% of the votes, followed by Black Panther 2 and Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home tied for second place with 48%. Rounding out the top five slots are Cate Shortland’s Black Widow (40%), Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals (14%), and Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi (11%). People could vote for multiple films during the process, and they’ve also included projects that are supposed to be in active development despite Marvel Studios not yet officially announcing them.

It’s understandable that The Eternals and Shang-Chi get the bottom two spots, considering that not much is known about those projects at this point. Even in the comic books, they’re the more obscure ones, with not much recognition outside of those who are avid readers of their adventures. But considering Marvel Studios ability to develop lower-tiered comic book characters and transform them into household names, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they’ll gain the popularity that other MCU heroes are now enjoying. If anything, the Guardians of the Galaxy heroes were unknown before they broke out in Gunn’s first film from 2014.

Seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as a runaway winner in this poll is quite interesting seeing that it precedes the sequel for Black Panther, which broke a lot of records and was the best received critically out of the MCU’s offerings.  Additionally, it doesn’t seem like release date matters much when it comes to fans’ preference, with Far From Home coming out a couple months after Endgame, and it’s expected to have strong narrative links to the ensemble event. Following the firing of Gunn, he signed on to direct and write DC’s The Suicide Squad 2, slated to come out in 2021 and it remains to his current priority. That means that this threequel likely won’t hit theaters until at least late 2022 or early 2023.

More: Marvel Movie Timeline: A Complete History Of The MCU

Source: Rotten Tomatoes


2019-04-22 07:04:09

Ana Dumaraog

The Ultimate Guardians Of The Galaxy Gift Guide

The Guardians of the Galaxy were once an obscure Marvel Comics team delegated to wacky space missions. After the work of Marvel Studios and James Gunn on the Guardians of the Galaxy film, though, the team has quickly become a household name and a beloved group of characters. They are the more comedic characters of the MCU, leading to some of the more laughter-infused scenes in Avengers: Infinity War.

With these characters getting proper cinematic treatment, it’s easy to know someone who is now a Guardians fan. If you know a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, then take a look at our gift guide.

10 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 1-2

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The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are what made these characters extremely popular. Under the direction of James Gunn, these were wacky movies that centered around a family of misfits that learns to belong somewhere.

The movies were known for being funny, but also having a lot of heart behind them. It’s easy to care for Star-Lord and Gamora because of their backstories as well as how they’re handled in the films. There’s also a lot of style in these movies, with old ’70s music being used to punctuate scenes and add more meaning beneath the surface. They’re great movies.

9 AWESOME MIX VOL 2

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One of the best parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is their music. Most fans will start singing along to songs like “Come and Get Your Love” or “Hooked on a Feeling”. With the second Awesome Mix in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, more old songs were added to make the movie a great time.

Tracks like “Mr. Blue Sky” and “The Chain” are included in this fantastic album. Any Guardians fan will appreciate having this album in their collection, whether it be a digital gift, an audio CD, or a collectible vinyl. The music alone makes the purchase worth it.

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At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, we get to see Groot reborn as a baby in a flower pot. While dancing to Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, we’re treated to a funny scene between him and Drax. Guardians fans likely enjoyed this scene, which is what makes the dancing Groot figure a great gift.

This figure dances to the very same song from the movie, but it does a bit more than that. The figure has sound sensors, meaning that it will dance when music is played near it. On top of dancing to music, it makes a great decoration.

7 MARVEL LEGENDARY GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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If you’re a Marvel fan, then you should look into the Legendary card game. Players build a team of Marvel heroes and are tasked with stopping mastermind villains from destroying the world. The game was designed with many expansions in mind, and that includes the Guardians of the Galaxy expansion.

This set adds your favorite cosmic heroes to the bunch. Players have more characters to build their teams as well as new foes to face. This expansion also includes a few new mechanics to keep things fresh. That said, it requires a base set to use, as it does not function on its own.

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Monopoly is a timeless board game of collecting properties and charging other players rent until they go bankrupt. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Monopoly is the same game you’re familiar with but has all sorts of iconic imagery from both Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Players will make their way around the board to purchase different characters from the films, whether they be iconic faces like Rocket, or background villains like Thanos. While this board game may be titled with “Vol 2,” it’s more of an all-inclusive Guardians of the Galaxy board game, which makes it a great gift for fans.

5 FLYING ROCKET FUNKO POP!

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Rocket is one of the more unique characters on the Guardians of the Galaxy. He is literally a talking raccoon with a knack for explosive devices. As such, he remains one of the franchise’s most memorable characters. For those that like Rocket, Funko more than has them covered.

This Funko Pop! figure features Rocket’s design from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. He is flying with his jetpack, as he does in the opening for the movie. As a result, the figure has a unique, colorful base, featuring a more exciting pose than what most standard Funko Pop! figures have. It makes for a great collectible.

4 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE TELLTALE SERIES

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The Guardians of the Galaxy have yet to get their own massive AAA video game like Spider-Man, but Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is still a fun time. More of a visual novel contained in five parts, players will follow various characters from the team and have them make decisions that will have lasting impacts on the story.

In the game, you get in-depth story arcs for all the Guardians including Rocket, Drax and Gamora. All of the episodes for the game are now complete, which means that players can go through the entire story without having to wait for more content.

3 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2: THE ART OF THE MOVIE

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is a gorgeous film and arguably one of the best-looking movies Marvel Studios ever put out. It has all sorts of gorgeous shots, using excellent colors and a warm palette to make certain scenes pop. With all the work that went into making the movie look good, some fans may be wondering how Marvel pulled it off.

That’s why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: The Art of the Movie would make for a great gift. It contains all sorts of background information about the making of the movie, including concept art and commentary from the people behind the visual effects.

2 ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 1

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With the MCU turning the Guardians of the Galaxy into a household name, the team has seen a resurgence in the comics. The team has become a main title in Marvel’s lineup, having many stories to their name. One recommended story for Guardians fans would be “All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1”.

This comic kicks off a reinterpretation of the characters after Marvel relaunched its entire comic universe. Each character has their own arc, but there’s also plenty of action and humor throughout. It was a comic written in the vein of the movies, which may excite some Guardians fans.

1 DIAMOND SELECT TOYS STAR LORD STATUE

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There are plenty of Guardians of the Galaxy collectibles that fans can display on a shelf, but if you know a fan looking for something more premium, this Star-Lord statue from Diamond Select Toys is the way to go.

Featuring a flying Star-Lord as he is depicted in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, there’s a lot of detail and color to this statue. Every detail is spot-on, all the way down to the small additions to his outfit. The stand is also gorgeous to look at, as it was created with the jetpack flames leading down to a base ripped straight out of the movie.

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2019-04-14 08:04:33

Joshua Olivieri

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3: 5 Members We Want To See (& 5 We Don’t)

Last year, writer-director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, having helmed the previous two movies, after some decade-old offensive tweets were dug up. There was talk of Disney using his script for the threequel as they searched for another director, and then they just rehired him without much explanation.

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In the interim, he was snatched up by the DCEU for the Suicide Squad sequel, and so Marvel will have to wait for him to make that before moving onto the third Guardians film. The threequel will likely introduce new characters, like the second did, so here are 5 Members We Want To See In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 (And 5 We Don’t).

10 Don’t want to see: Jack Flag

Jack Flag just doesn’t have the weirdo factor that would make him a good fit for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. There’s nothing about him that’s particularly special: he’s great at martial arts, he has impeccable stamina, and his only superpower is superhuman strength. Jack would be out of his depth among the likes of Drax the Destroyer and Rocket Raccoon.

The Guardians are weird, yet lovable – that’s their whole appeal. The problem with Jack Flag is that, at least among these characters, he would just be boring. He wouldn’t get any jokes in, there would be nothing particularly interesting about his action sequences, and the audience ultimately wouldn’t care about him.

9 Want to see: Vance Astro

From his name, Vance Astro might sound like another Peter Quill – a charming rogue with the qualities of both Han Solo and Indiana Jones – but he’s actually nothing like Quill. He’s a mutant with the power of psychokinesis and a mastery of Captain America’s shield.

He comes across the shield after Cap loses it (which could be something that happens between Cap’s inevitable death, or retirement, in Endgame and the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3) and learns how to use it. Astro sometimes goes by the codename Major Victory, although this is optional in the film adaptation, since Vance Astro is a pretty cool name as it is.

8 Don’t want to see: Cosmic Ghost Rider

Cosmic Ghost Rider is the result of a messy and confusing series of alternate timelines. In one version of events (probably one of the 13,999,999 others Doctor Strange saw in Infinity War), Thanos managed to conquer the universe. Then the Frank Castle of that timeline, instead of becoming the Punisher, made a deal with the demon Mephisto and became the Ghost Rider, eventually becoming the Cosmic Ghost Rider and joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.

While it would be an elaborate way to get fan-favorite Jon Bernthal back into the mix after Netflix dropped his Punisher series, but with a Ghost Rider already in the MCU and the single timeline we’re in already being confusing enough, this is probably best left out of it.

7 Want to see: Moondragon

We might already have a bald-headed female alien character in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but Nebula is totally different from Moondragon. Moondragon, otherwise known as Heather Douglas, has mastered basically everything a person can do that is impressive: science, space flight, martial arts, and others.

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Also, she’s openly bisexual, which would go a long way towards fixing the lack of inclusivity in the MCU. The character has some truly dark storylines in the comics, including turning Thor into her sex slave and accidentally killing her father, but whether or not the MCU adapts them is up to Kevin Feige (probably not, though).

6 Don’t want to see: Beta Ray Bill

Beta Ray Bill would not fit into the MCU at all. He was the first Marvel character outside its take on Norse mythology to be able to wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. And okay, this wouldn’t be an issue now, since Mjolnir has been destroyed, but Beta Ray Bill has been deemed worthy to wield Stormbreaker, too. And it’s the principle of the thing.

If none of the Avengers were able to shift that hammer in Age of Ultron, audiences wouldn’t be too thrilled to see some hotshot Korbinite waltz on in and start fighting off bad guys with Thor’s axe. He doesn’t suit the tone or world of the MCU either.

5 Want to see: Phyla-Vell

Phyla-Vell is one of the key members of the current Guardians of the Galaxy team. The character has gone by a number of different alter egos – including Quasar, Martyr, and Captain Marvel (although the MCU probably won’t be using that last one for her) – and she’s extremely powerful. She has super-strength, the ability to fly, and the powers of energy projection and absorption.

Her species is a hybrid of Titanian and Kree, which would certainly make an interesting conflict – she’s a blend of the species of the Guardians’ two greatest foes, Thanos and Ronan. Actually, this could lead to a very important message about not judging a book by its ethnic cover. Plus, it’s been heavily hinted in the comics that Phyla-Vell is a lesbian, and it’s about time the MCU was joined by an LGBTQ superhero.

4 Don’t want to see: Agent Venom

Agent Venom is the superhero alter ego of Flash Thompson, the guy who used to bully Peter Parker in high school. Tony Revolori’s Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: Homecoming and its upcoming sequel is a funny character, but he’s not the kind of guy we want to see get involved in the action.

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The comic book version of Flash Thompson is a big, tough jock who fights in Iraq, loses both his legs, and becomes a superhero when he’s bonded with the Venom symbiote. However, the MCU Flash is a dorky douche who’s still in high school – it just wouldn’t work.

3 Want to see: Angela

Angela was created by Neil Gaiman, initially for the Spawn comics, although the rights were later sold to Marvel Comics and she became a member of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy team. Currently, in her Marvel incarnation, she is a god and the heir to the Asgardian throne.

With Chris Hemsworth likely leaving the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, the Angela character would be a great way to continue the Asgardian legends on the big screen without him. Plus, despite Captain Marvel’s introduction, there’s still a dearth of strong female characters in the MCU, and Angela joining the franchise would go a long way.

2 Don’t want to see: Cosmo the Spacedog

There are a lot of silly characters in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, including a talking raccoon and a talking tree, but the actors playing them humanize them with their performances. That probably can’t be done for Cosmo the Spacedog, a parody of the Soviet space dog Laika.

Cosmo already appeared in the first Guardians movie in a cameo role as a living exhibit in the Collector’s museum (and later appeared with the Collector and Howard the Duck in the post-credits scene), but the character is too absurd to be taken seriously in a larger role in Vol. 3.

1 Want to see: Adam Warlock

Introduce Adam Warlock to the MCU already! James Gunn wanted to bring him into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but producer Kevin Feige made him wait. In hindsight, the decision made sense, because Adam Warlock would enter the ring as one of the most powerful characters in the MCU along with Captain Marvel and Thanos.

It would’ve messed up the power balance of Infinity War and Endgame. So, he was confined to a mid-credits scene in which the Sovereign creates an artificial being capable of destroying the Guardians and calls it “Adam.” In the third Guardians movie, we need to finally meet this guy.

NEXT: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Reportedly Begins Production in February 2021


2019-04-11 09:04:18

Ben Sherlock

10 Things About Ego That Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Doesn’t Cover

For a long time, the MCU’s biggest flaw was its introduction of “meh” one-time villains. Fortunately, the quality of evil has improved significantly over the last few years. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2‘s Ego is just one example. Ego “The Living Planet” Quill proved to be a worthy inclusion. It could even be said that Star-Lord’s planet father resembled a weirder, less scary Darth Vader. Both ambitious rulers, and father to non-evil sons.

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But, despite everything we witnessed from Kurt Russell portrayal, one movie is not nearly enough to show off all of Ego’s…ego. Especially when compared to his comic book counterpart. So, without further ado, here are 10 things about Ego that Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 doesn’t cover.

10 ORIGIN STORY

GoTG Vol.2 does have a sort of origin story for Ego. He quickly explains that he is a Celestial and that he has searched his entire life for company. This is massively different from what’s in the comics. Here Ego started out as just a normal scientist named Ergos. How he went from man to planet has to do with the super-powerful being known as the Stranger. When the Stranger arrived, he did so to conduct an experiment that would cause the planet’s sun to go nova.

Basically, everything would explode and everyone on the planet would die. Egros tried to save his people by hiding them in an underground bunker, but the sun erupted before he himself had time to hide. Egros was hit by the shock wave but did not die. Instead, his body was merged with that of every single living thing destroyed by the sun and he became the Living Planet.

9 HYPERSPACE TRAVEL

The vast immensity of space holds many, many planets. This holds as much truth in the Marvel Universe as it does in real life. Planets float in space. The ones in our solar system orbit the sun. Now imagine a planet was a person, and space was just a place it could move around. Now imagine that planet-person could move around really, really fast. That’s Ego. One we haven’t seen on screen.

At one point in the comics, Galactus (more on him later) attached a propulsion system to Ego’s…body and sent him hurtling through space. It didn’t take long for Ego to figure out how to control it, though, and he then started using it to travel anywhere he wanted through hypertravel. That is, at a speed faster than the speed of light.

8 POPULATED HOME

If there’s one thing Kurt Russell’s Ego establishes in the movie, it’s how utterly alone he is (if you forget Mantis, that is). This theme is also explored on paper, but it does show us a little more. During Ego’s comic book history, there have been a few times where there were actual civilizations living on him. Usually, they don’t last very long.

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They’re either beings that Ego tricks so he can them consume them, or in a few cases, people who have helped Ego, and are then gifted with the possibility of living on his surface. Unfortunately, he has very little tolerance and is easily angered, so these usually end up being devoured as well. The literal consumption of people is something else we didn’t see Mr. Russell do.

7 ALTER-EGO

The title isn’t an attempt at being funny. Marvel Comics really did introduce a character named Alter-Ego. Just like Ego, he/she/it is a planet. One created by the Stranger, when he gave the planet consciousness. The Stranger designed Alter-Ego to hate Ego, as his plan was always to have both planets battle each other to see who was the superior one.

After tricking Ego into searching for his “brother”, he finds him but is taken aback when Alter-Ego attacks him. They both fight, and Alter-Ego is close to killing Ego when Thor steps in to stop them. Alter-Ego is then destroyed and his remains become Ego’s moon, and they now both travel together throughout the cosmos. Very weird indeed.

6 AVENGERS OVER GUARDIANS

Speaking of Thor, one awesome battle that is now pretty much impossible to replicate on screen (you know, because he’s dead) is Avengers vs Ego. In the comics, Star-Lord has no connection to Ego at all. To think of it, with the exception of Mantis, the Guardians never even bumped into the planet at all. But Earth’s Mightiest Heroes did take him on…once. That is, he’s only been faced by a full Avengers roster once.

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However, the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and (especially) Thor have dealt with Ego on many separate occasions. And he was bested every single time. His first appearance actually took place in a Thor comic book, where the God of Thunder was forced to stop Ego’s plans of conquering other planets.

5 EGO-PRIME

The cosmic Marvel stories really can get a little bit crazy. The name Ego-Prime has been used for two very similar, yet different beings. On one occasion, a sample of Ego’s DNA gave birth to something new. This new creation was basically Ego…with limbs. Not just a planet, but a giant body. Both the Living Planet and the planet-headed man existed simultaneously.

Years later, when Galactus landed on Ego, he discovered that the planet’s origin story was very similar to his own. He felt sympathy for him and so decided to give Ego a pair of arms and legs to become the second incarnation of Ego-Prime. A giant body with a planet-sized head is definitely something audiences have yet to see in the movie theater.

4 GALACTUS

I’ve mentioned Galactus quite a few times, and that is a part of Ego’s story that cannot be overlooked. With the Disney-Fox merger, there is now a possibility of seeing one of Marvel’s greatest villains on screen. However, it will be harder to witness a battle between the Devourer of Worlds and the Living Planet. These two have always been arch-enemies, which makes sense, seeing as one is a planet-eater and the other…is a planet.

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These two have been at each other’s throats since the beginning. The was even a time when Galactus successfully killed Ego, by throwing him into the sun (yikes!), but being a planet and all, he managed to “walk it off” and continue their decades-long struggle. If there’s one thing missing from, not just Guardians 2, but the MCU in general, it’s a giant space battle between two huge, immensely powerful ancient beings.

3 ANTIBODIES AND OTHER POWERS

When the Guardians all banded together to fight Star-Lord’s father in the third act of the movie, we finally got to see Ego’s planet-shaping powers. He demonstrated his ability to control the world’s environment by making tentacles appear from every corner of the planet to keep the heroes at bay. He also molded his world to trap the Guardians under rocks, roots, and dirt. However, this was far as he went when it came to showing off his powers.

Comic book Ego has a few more tricks under his sleeve. Firstly, he has the ability to create an infinite amount of humanoid-like creatures to ward off anyone who sets foot on the surface. In addition to that, Ego can also sprout out giant tendrils into space, read people’s minds, blast laser-beams from his eyes and even give consciousness to other planets. Now that would be fun to see.

2 ID

Yes. For all you with a degree in psychology, you can marvel at Marvel’s sense of humor as they produced both an Ego and an Id. There was also a Super-Ego at one time, but he was pretty irrelevant. Id, the Selfish Moon was originally just a moon that orbited Ego’s planet but ended up also gaining consciousness. From then on, he left Ego, wishing to live a life of fun and joy with new-found friends.

Unfortunately, there were no other living moons in sight, and so, like every single powerful being, he sought to destroy every joyous being he could find. He ended up destroying a few planets but then was killed by the most unlikely of heroes. Deadpool was sent to kill Id, and he succeeded. Just when you thought Ego’s story couldn’t get any stranger…

1 FULL PLANET FORM

As has been stressed throughout this post, Ego. Is. A. Planet. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 definitely showed us something different. Yes, Ego created his entire planet. Yes, he can manipulate anything on its surface for creative, defensive, or offensive means. But Kurt Russell’s character is Ego, the Celestial, not the Living Planet. As such, we did not get to witness what would have been an incredible sight.

For a few seconds, Ego’s planet is shown with a giant face plastered on to the surface. But the face was barely visible and remained motionless. What we will never see is a giant planet opening its mouth to talk, blinking its giant eyes, and basically just moving around as a giant planet. If there was one crucial difference to both iterations of the character, this is it.

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2019-03-29 05:03:19

Salvador Lavradio

Guardians Of The Galaxy: 8 Drax Quotes That Destroy

Usually, it’s the witty smart-alecks like Tony Stark who serve as a film’s comic relief. But somehow, Marvel has managed to make its most serious hero into the one of the funniest characters in the MCU. Drax the Destroyer can’t even comprehend metaphors (let alone tell a joke), but he still manages to churn out hilarious soundbites that have audiences in tears every time he’s onscreen (happy tears— not Infinity War tears).

Whether he’s hurling himself into the mouth of a giant space monster or low-key hitting on Thor, it’s undeniable that Drax has become one of the MCU’s highlights. So the Avengers had better figure out a way to bring him back, because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won’t feel complete without everyone’s favourite Destroyer.

Here are 8 Drax quotes that will destroy (your frown):

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8 Nothing goes over my head…

Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket tells the other Guardians that metaphors will go over Drax’s head, and Drax responds with this famous line, cracking up audiences while demonstrating that he really is clueless when it comes to metaphors. Because his people are so literal, every idiom, abstract comparison, and play on words is lost on Drax. Usually, it takes an awareness of metaphors and puns to be funny, but what makes Drax unique is that he’s hilarious, but not because he actually knows how to be funny. He’s extremely literal, incredibly ridiculous and a lot of the time, just plain weird— and it’s these exact qualities that make him so hysterical. Just by being his strange, zarg-nut-munching self, he has become the most entertaining member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

7 I’ve mastered the ability…

I’ve mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still that I become invisible to the eye.

Only Drax can pull off a line like this. If he were any other character, this would sound absurd, but for some reason, Drax can get away with saying the most ridiculous things and it seems completely natural. He could go on about whether chowing down on bioluminescent hamsters might aid in gut health, and nothing would seem out of the norm. Heck, he could even rave about the beautiful story of his father impregnating his mother at the winter solstice, and no one would bat an eye. You know how we know? Because he actually did say the last one in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during a discussion of Quill’s father’s genitalia (yes, you read that right).

6 I like your knife…

I like your knife. I’m keeping it.

When someone named “The Destroyer” decides to steal your knife, it’s a good idea to let them (yes, even if it’s your favorite knife). No matter how hilarious Drax might be, before he was splitting sides with his hilarious quips, he was… well, literally splitting sides.

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Basically, he is not someone you wanted to see on the opposite side of the battlefield running at you with his giant knives. The guy looks like a miniature version of the Hulk, and he’s just as good as smashing things.

5 What if someone does something irksome…

What if someone does something irksome, and I decide to remove his spine?

For most of us, when people do irksome things, we throw them side-eye or sigh with a bit of extra gusto in their general direction (perhaps with a sassy tongue-cluck for added emphasis).

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But not Drax the Destroyer. He handles things in a more… let’s say, direct manner. Instead of trying to remove the problem by being petty and passive-aggressive like the rest of us, he removes… well, spines. So it’s probably best not to throw side-eye at this guy.

4 There are two types of beings in the universe.

There are two types of beings in the universe. Those who dance, and those who do not… You just need to find a woman who is pathetic, like you.

You know those friends who will always tell you the truth, no matter how hard it might be to hear? Well, Drax is definitely not one of those friends. He might mean well, but whenever he tries to give advice, he usually ends up horribly insulting the person he was attempting to help in the first place.

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Throughout the Marvel films, he’s actually managed to craft offensive slurs for every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. According to Drax, Rocket is vermin, Gamora is a green whore, Groot is a dumb tree and Mantis is horrifying to look at. And we can’t forget Quill, who is, of course, pathetic.

3 It’s like a pirate had a baby with an angel.

It’s like a pirate had a baby with an angel

Well, Drax isn’t wrong. When Thor is brought aboard the Milano in Avengers: Infinity War, the Guardians of the Galaxy offer commentary on his physical appearance, with all of them in awe of the muscular Asgardian except for Quill.

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The admiration of Thor gradually turns into a roasting of Star Lord’s physique, who tries in vain to downplay the Asgardian’s attractiveness. Drax is especially harsh on Quill, deeming him nothing but a “dude,” while judging Thor to be a real “man.” Never pulling punches, the Guardians continue to bash Star Lord until he caves and commits to working out again.

2 I have famously huge turds.

I have famously huge turds.

Where most of us brag about our job prospects or our bank accounts, Drax brags about the size of his feces. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, while Rocket and Quill are arguing about who the better pilot is, Rocket declares that he’s going to put one of Drax’s turds into Quill’s pillowcase as revenge. And instead of taking offense or sitting in awkward silence like most of us would if our turds were casually mentioned in conversation, Drax owns his famously large feces and confirms to everyone present that his poop is indeed huge.

1 I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am…

I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am that you’ve accepted me despite my blunders. It is good to once again be among friends. You, Quill, are my friend.

At its core, Guardians of the Galaxy is a story about a group of misfits who find solace and a sense of belonging in friendship. Although each Guardian regularly makes mistakes and the group bickers like a bunch of five-year-olds, they are quick to forgive one another, viewing themselves as one big family (albeit a dysfunctional one). No one is perfect, and the key to building lasting relationships is to accept other people for exactly who they are, huge turds and all.

NEXT: Captain Marvel: 10 Ways Ronan Can Be Better Than He Was In Guardians Of The Galaxy


2019-03-22 11:03:01

Leanne Louie

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Reportedly Begins Production in February 2021

A recent report suggests that production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will begin in February of 2021. The film was put on hold after controversial tweets involving writer and director James Gunn led to Disney firing him. Initially, Disney didn’t want to rehire Gunn, but he’s since been brought back on to helm the upcoming third entry. The film was originally expected to arrive in theaters sometime next year, but with production now reportedly set to begin in a couple of years, the film will arrive in theaters at a later date.

The cosmic team fans have come to love over the last few years were initially just part of an obscure comic book until Gunn turned them into a major hit worldwide beginning with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not much is known about the plot of the film, but Gunn has confirmed that it’ll end this specific version of the cosmic team. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Vol. 3 will also set the stage for a decade or two of future Marvel movies. Stars Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, and Dave Bautista have confirmed that they’ll return to reprise their respective roles. Bautista, who recently returned to WWE, has defended Gunn since he was let go from the project, and even threatened to quit the film at one point. Despite that, the film is moving forward and production looks to start in a couple of years.

Related: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

According to Production Weekly (via Comic Book) production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will reportedly begin in February of 2021. We have reached out to Disney for comment on the report. With Gunn working on Warner Bros. The Suicide Squad, which is set to release the year production would begin on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., that’s likely the main reason early 2021 was chosen as a planned date to begin filming the third movie involving the cosmic team. Gunn will first devote all his time to The Suicide Squad before shifting his focus towards Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., which will be filmed under the working title of “Hot Christmas”.

While that means the film itself wouldn’t arrive for several more years, fans who’ve been waiting for a third entry can be excited knowing it’s one step closer. And, if production does begin in February of 2021 that would give Gunn enough time to wrap on The Suicide Squad so that all of his attention can be shifted toward completing the trilogy he started in 2014. The decision to rehire Gunn may not sit well with some, but there’s no denying that he’s been a key piece in the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, so his involvement means another hit is on the way.

While plans involving the production of a film could always change, hopefully, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 stays on track. It’s been nearly two years since the second entry released, and fans have been clamoring for more ever since. However, by the time the third film reaches theaters, it’ll be the longest gap in between movies for the series. And, while a release date isn’t yet known, news regarding its release should become more specific once Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins production.

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Source: Production Weekly (via Comic Book)


2019-03-20 09:03:33

Eric Trigg

DC Producer: James Gunn Won’t Rush Suicide Squad For Guardians 3

DC producer Peter Safran says that James Gunn will focus all his efforts on making The Suicide Squad before moving onto Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn’s relationship with Marvel has been a rollercoaster to watch unfold. In July of 2018, Gunn was fired as the director on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, after a slew of controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 were brought to light. He seemingly moved on a few months after that by signing on to write DC’s next Suicide Squad movie, which he has since agreed to direct as well. Everything appeared to have settled down after that until yesterday, when Disney unexpectedly reinstated Gunn as the director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

At the moment, the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie doesn’t have a release date, whereas The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters in the summer of 2021. It was confirmed yesterday that Gunn will direct The Suicide Squad next, followed by Guardians 3 sometime after that. Now, Safran has come out and offered further assurance that Gunn won’t be rushing his DC Comics adaptation through the pipeline, in order to get back to work on the Guardians franchise faster.

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In an interview with JoBlo to promote DC’s Shazam! (which opens in April), Safran had the following to say, when asked if either he or Gunn are under more pressure now to get The Suicide Squad made faster, in the wake of his rehiring on Guardians of the Galaxy 3:

“No, it was all handled incredibly elegantly and everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he’ll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians. It’s the best of all possible both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself.”

Many people strongly believed that Disney had overreacted when it came to firing Gunn from the highly successful Guardians franchise, resulting in hashtags and petitions that even the stars of the Guardians movies vocalized their support for. The voices amassed and apparently had Disney thinking twice about their decision. It’s even being reported now that Marvel didn’t search for a replacement director on Guardians 3 between firing and rehiring Gunn to call the shots, despite rumors that Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi or Vice‘s Adam McKay would be stepping in. Following the news of his rehiring, Gunn released a statement on Twitter saying, “I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. […] I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all.”

Elsewhere, The Suicide Squad is in pre-production, but aims to begin shooting sometime this fall. Few official details have been revealed about the film, though Margot Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn and Idris Elba will be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Warner Bros. has slotted the film for an August 2021 release, which means Guardians 3 won’t be arriving until after that. Gunn did finish the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script prior to being fired, but there is a good chance that rewrites will have to be made now, to coincide with Marvel’s upcoming slate of releases.

It’s a rare and wonderful time where we get to see a director handling a Marvel and DC film, and Gunn’s vibrant and comedic style should help breathe new life into The Suicide Squad. Not only that, but the Guardians threequel will be on the horizon soon after with a familiar face to help bring the franchise home. It’s a win-win for the comic book world at large, really.

Next: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

Source: JoBlo


2019-03-16 12:03:23

Hannah Hoolihan