After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
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For longtime fans of Marvel Comics, one of the biggest treats in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was seeing the original Guardians of the Galaxy debut on the big screen. Led by Sylvester Stallone in the role of Stakar Ogord, also known as Starhawk, the OG Guardians were re-positioned as Ravagers, much like their former teammate Yondu (the always amazing Michael Rooker).
Created in 1969 by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan, Guardians of the Galaxy bounced around the year 3000, traveling back and forth in time and battling all sorts of villainous aliens. It was basically a generic superhero comic with a semi-rotating cast until the 1990s and a man named Jim Valentino–the very same who helped found Image Comics.
With a fresh new #1 issue, Guardians of the Galaxy relaunched with Valentino serving as writer and artist. Under his creative direction, the adventures of Starhawk, Aleta, Charlie-27, Yondu, Martinex, and Nikki got weird. Really weird and really awesome.
Guardians of the Galaxy By Jim Valentino from Marvel Comics
Does the inclusion of these characters mean that Marvel plans on showcasing some of their bizarre adventures? It’s certainly possible. With the current slate of Guardians of the Galaxy films, Marvel Studios has proven they ain’t afraid of getting weird, and that’s a good thing. If they plan on exploring the adventures of the original Guardians, things are going to get even weirder.
We encourage you to visit your favorite comic book store and pick up some of the classic Guardians of the Galaxy collections, but in the meantime, we thought we’d share some of our favorite moments from the awesomely crazy ’90s run of the series.
Taserface and the Stark
The real star of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Taserface, the mutineer Ravager who wages battle upon Yondu. You could be thinking, in the comics, Taserface was a Stark: a race of aliens who worshiped Tony Stark. These folks loved Iron Man so much they named their entire race after him. Unlike his cinematic counterpart, the Taserface of the comics is named as such because he literally shoots a taser beam out of his facial armor–it’s not metaphorical, in other words.
Guardians of the Galaxy by Jim Valentino from Marvel Comics
Earth, home of the Punishers
The Guardians find themselves on Earth on a number of different occasions, but the strangest involves a trip to Manhattan and a battle with the Punishers. New York has all but been taken over by this brutal gang of Frank Castle devotees. The Guardians engage in an epic street war with these goons and it basically ends with the Guardians retreating. The Punishers are too vast and too insane.
Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Comics
The Mutants of the Future
In the world of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, mutantkind fled Earth and started a new life on a different planet. The series actually lays out a pretty cool backstory for this, but the strangest footnote is that the descendants of Wolverine essentially take over as supreme rulers of all mutants.
Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Comics
When the Guardians cross paths with the mutants, they are lead by Rancor. She’s a tyrant who looks exactly like Wolverine – that haircut ain’t a good look, lady – and murders her own father. She then takes over the whole planet and turns all the humans she can find into slaves for mutants. It’s crazy stuff.
The one character that seems to be missing from the lineup of original Guardians in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Vance Astro. The former astronaut is a time traveler, of sorts. He was in a hypersleep on a ship that veered off course, leaving him in suspended animation for over a thousand years. The Guardians discover him, and he joins up with them, eventually becoming the group’s leader and moral center. He ends up with Captain America’s shield, like the original Captain America, and wields it with telekinetic powers that he gained, uh, somehow. All in all, he’s actually a pretty cool character with a great design, that is, until he is reborn as Major Victory.
Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Comics
Yes, Major Victory, the most 90’s superhero ever. Even in the far reaches of outer space, in the distant future, mullets and headbands became fashionable. Just look at this guy! The sleeves trenchcoat, the collar, the thigh-high boots! In a comic series filled with crazy stuff, this just might be the craziest. Major Victory, we salute you and your weird fashion choice.
There are plenty of other bizarre moments in the 62-issue run of the 1990s Guardians of the Galaxy. Sure, most of them won’t make it into any Marvel movies, but some might. Hey, 20 years ago, who would have thought we’d have a big screen version of Rocket Raccoon? Maybe Major Victory is ready for his close-up? I mean, Taserface got his screen time, right? Give Vance Astro his due, Marvel!
Much like the real Bruno Mars, I tell myself I’m not gonna like it, but I’ll just watch for a second, then the next thing you know, i’m singing a long, embarrassed, naked, in my shower. Who am I kidding, i’m not embarrassed. Nerdist wondered what it would be like if Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” video had been bitten by a radioactive spider, and the song was all about the trials and travails of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Well, now you know…
The email said “Marvel Studios – Open House Invitation.” What that meant, I didn’t know. But it’s Marvel, so I went, and I’m glad I did, because I got to see concept art, footage, and/or more from every known movie on their schedule, up through Captain Marvel. Yes, Infinity War, too.
Before a (still-embargoed) screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, io9 was among several outlets who were lead on a tour of Marvel Studios’ new offices on the Disney lot in Burbank. Along the way, we got peeks and glimpses at this year’s Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, next year’s Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as Captain Marvel, currently without a director and scheduled for March 2019. Here’s what we saw.
After Guardians, this is the next film coming out from Marvel, and we were treated to concept art courtesy of the visual development team, as well as a screening of updated effects shots, just like Marvel execs might watch on a daily basis to check on the film’s progression.
Since we already know so much about this film, there wasn’t much in the way of exciting news, but we did see some very dynamic action shots that featured Peter being thrown through a bus the long way, getting punched out of the frame, and riding a jet it engine. The most revealing shot, however, was of Logan Marshall-Green’s character, the Shocker, shooting a highly advanced gun, then handing it to Donald Glover’s character. No one would say who Glover was playing but, it seems he is certainly one of the bad guys on the Vulture’s team.
The biggest news on the tour came from this film, which is out in November. We were ushered into an editing suite at Marvel, which is basically just a small movie theater with a bunch of computers and monitors in the back, and greeted by director Taika Waititi. He’s still editing the film but wanted to show us a brand new character that has yet to be revealed—one he plays himself.
It’s Korg, a stone alien of the Kronan race, who is trapped in the gladiatorial games just like Thor. He’s almost eight feet tall so Waititi played him in performance capture. The scene we saw was Thor being thrown into a strange cell with Korg and Miek, his sidekick with knife hands. Korg starts to tell Thor about how things work here, that’s he’s the leader, and no one has survived a battle with the grand champion, i.e. the Hulk. Using Waititi’s deep New Zealand accent to its fullest, the scene is laugh-out-loud hilarious as Thor tries to make sense of this weird rock creature. He even tries to run away, only to realize the cell is an infinite loop which can’t be escaped.
Concept art and effects tests for Korg and Miek were impressive, as each character brings something truly weird to the world of Ragnarok.
Out of every film on the tour, this was the one that was most well-represented. According to Marvel producer Jeremy Latcham, the film finishes filming on April 19 at which point director Ryan Coogler will begin editing the film.
We saw a sizzle reel explaining the world of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). It included some truly spectacular concept art and images that go by so fast, it’s hard to detail them all, but what did stand out was the bustling technology of Wakanda: Black jet planes and huge buildings that look modern, but also have a very African feel. There was a shot of what appeared to be two Black Panthers fighting in some kind of underground area. And just beautifully vibrant costumes on everyone, but especially the Dora Milaje. There was a scene in which T’Challa appeared to be fighting someone on a rhino, and also a black arm gauntlet that looks like a panther with the mouth opening at the fist.
Then, we saw dailies from Black Panther. There was a scene of Lupita Nyong’o’s character (who wasn’t named but referred to as a member of a border tribe) silently killing a bunch of soldiers. That was followed by the Dora Milaje, the royal bodyguards, on a boat surrounded by blue screen, on the way to the king’s coronation; their costumes were beaded, red and gorgeous. Then the border tribe returned, dressed in all greens, going to the same event on a similar boat, where everyone is dancing in unison.
We then saw what was likely part of that coronation. It took place at Warrior Falls and featured T’Challa walking down a ramp in front of a cliff lined with all kinds of people, where Forest Whitaker’s character introduced him to the crowd. Boseman didn’t have a shirt on so you could see a huge tattoo going around his back and onto his chest.
The footage shifted then to a casino in Korea where Klaw (Andy Serkis) enters with eight men and talks to Everett Ross (Martin Freeman). Ross noted that Klaw’s entourage is so big, he must have a mix-tape coming out, to which Klaw replies, “I do, get him the link.” There will be a big shoot out in this casino featuring both those characters, as well as T’Challa.
Avengers: Infinity War
With Infinity War still in production, there wasn’t much in the way of news about this film. But in artist Ryan Meinerding’s office, he had a huge TV with a vertical image of Thanos on it. This Thanos isn’t like the ones we’d seen in the other movies. though—he didn’t have his helmet on, and he was wearing kind of a skin tight jumpsuit, as well a big bright glove with a lot of jewels on it (we all know what that is). Basically, he just looked intimidating and confident, which isn’t a good thing for the Avengers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Hanging out in artist Andy Park’s office was not just a bunch of concept art from this upcoming film, but director Peyton Reed himself. We saw a new, updated, slicker and tighter Ant-Man suit, which Reed explained has been advanced significantly because the original one was a relic. There were images not just of the Janet Van Dyne Wasp suit, but two newly updated ones. too. One looked like the suit at the end of the first film, while the other had
Other images showed a huge hanger with Giant Man standing in the middle of it, and then a dog’s mouth, which seemed to have the main characters in it. Reed said he was going to Atlanta soon to start filming the 2018 release.
How can there be elements for Captain Marvel when there isn’t even a director yet? Well, it was explained that once Marvel decides they are going to make a movie, the visual development department goes into high gear, designing costumes and scenarios they’d like to see in the movie. Now, this stuff doesn’t always end up on-screen, but it’s meant to serve as inspiration for filmmakers once they come on board.
For Captain Marvel, there were three pieces of art shown on the tour. Two were simply of Brie Larson as the character in an updated costume. This might not be the costume once the film hits but it looked similar to the one in the comics, just with a darker blue base and more lines going up and down it. The third image was of the character punching the fist of some kind of giant robot in an action scene. It had a very Hulk vs. Hulkbuster feel to it.
What are you most excited for from Marvel? Let us know in the comments.
Finlay Mackay for EW A new viral teaser for Marvel and Netflix’s big crossover has just confirmed that we’ve got another four months until Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand start teaming up: because The Defenders is coming August 18. Source: Netflix’s Defenders Assemble on August 18 (UPDATED)
Fortunately we live in the future where we can have both, in the form of blockbuster movies at that. That doesn’t mean the Avengers have to like it though. Check out this hilarious video from Youtuber Dr.Machakil.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Zombie shows are still hot. So is Korean cinema. So is a mix of both, if last year’s Train to Busan is anything to go by. But now Netflix is getting in on a show that is all this and more, as it’s actually a medieval-era fantasy series, too.
The Early Reviews for Iron Fist Are Not Good
With the debut of Netflix’s Iron Fist now imminent, Marvel is on the defensive. The studio is in an uncomfortable position: it’s three earlier streaming series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, all recieved plenty of buzzy reception ahead of their respective launches. but Iron first was met with scrutiny and criticsm before it even went into production.
The LEGO Batman Movie’ Is Still The Top Domestic Grosser Of 2017 For Now
While Logan is currently the top-grossing global release of 2017, it still trails behind The LEGO Batman Movie for the domestic crown. Even with a whopping $88 million debut weekend and some solid weekday figures, the Hugh Jackman action drama took a tumble in its second weekend for a $37m Fri-Sun frame and $152.6m 10-day cume, which is typical for an X-Men film.
All this plus Overwatch toys, video game sequels, hacksaw ridge, mac tonight, ghost in the shell and some tv show premiere dates on the Geek Versus Week podcast #123.