As Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is getting closer to its pre-production stage with Marvel Studios rolling into Phase 4, casting rumors and speculation are going to be aplenty. As James Gun has promised after his return as director, one new character coming to the franchise for this third installment will be Adam Warlock. The character was also teased in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but an actor has not yet been cast for the role.
Recently, graphic designer BossLogic has shared an idea of his own: Zac Efron as Adam Warlock.
This artwork does not stop at simply being a suggestion. BossLogic went ahead and imagined what Efron would look like as Marvel’s next big cosmic character. You can check out his rendition of Efron as Adam Warlock below.
Haven't done a rumour casting in awhile, starting to hear Adam Warlock @ZacEfron talk so I thought this would be a fun way to get back into it 😀 hope you like it. #guardiansofthegalaxy @JamesGunn pic.twitter.com/6CdLMb3yB7
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) May 15, 2019
“We had a lot of pre-established characters and sometimes characters from books, again, being a comic book fan. But I don’t want to see a literal interpretation of a comic book I have read a hundred times because I don’t want to go to a theater and know exactly what is going on to happen,” Avengers co-director Joe Russo shared when asked why Adam Warlock as omitted from the movies.
“As for me, it kind of ruins the experience of going to a movie. Sometimes we will take the arcs that have been assigned to different characters in the books and reassign them to other characters. Or we are just taking inspiration from the books and really deviating from the storyline, in which case, the characters are not applicable to what we are trying to do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Meanwhile, Adam Warlock casting might still be a year or more away as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 likely will not go into production until sometime in 2020, at the earliest. The film doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it will likely arrive in May of 2021 or 2022. Stay tuned!
Who do you think should play Adam Warlock? Share with us in the comments!
Only Five Movies Have Grossed Over $2 Billion and Zoe Saldana Is In Three Of Them
Now that Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame has crossed the massive $2 billion threshold, there is a new queen of the box office. Out of the five highly-anticipated movies to ever make $2 billion worldwide, Avengers star Zoe Saldana has appeared in three of them. Alongside her role as Gamora in the Avengers: Endgame ($2.19B) and last year’s Infinity War ($2.04B), the actress also played Neytiri, the lead in James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78B). With Avatar 2 set for release next year and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 the year or two later, Zoe Saldana has at least two more billion-dollar films on the immediate horizon.
Just last summer, fan favorite Zoe Saldana was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At her awards ceremony, she gave a heartfelt speech about chasing after the goals and aspirations.
“Having a dream is just step one,” said Saldana. “Step two: sleeves up, hard work, passion, persistence, and perseverance. Fail often and fail forward. If at first, you do not succeed, you dust yourself off and try again. I learned to love what I do and do what I do, and that’s been my mantra. From Burger King commercials to Law and Order episodic, to a ballet film, I got to be a pirate, an INS officer, a xenolinguist on the Enterprise. And I got to be an alien warrior – well, multiple alien warriors.”
Thanks to Guardians, Avatar, and the time in J.J. Abram’ Star Trek franchises, Zoe Saldana continued her speech by praising the science fiction genre that helped to turn her into a household name.
“Science fiction is a universe where a person like me who’s unimaginable is imaginable by so many filmmakers like J.J. Abrams, James Cameron, and James Gunn,” she told Variety. “So I got to really flourish in this genre. I got to be brave and strong, and I got to play characters that were not only the daughter, the wife, or the girlfriend. I was a warrior, and I was also relevant to the storyline. And I am very proud of the path that I have chosen for myself by avoiding falling into stereotypical boxes.”
Avengers: Endgame is now showing in theaters while Infinity War is streaming on Netflix.
What is your favorite Zoe Saldana role?
“Avengers: Endgame” Includes an Surprisingly Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Cameo
After long waiting what felt like forever for the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to arrive in theaters, Avengers: Endgame definitely did just that, breaking hordes of records in its massive box office debut this weekend. Not only did the film bring prominence back to the box office in a year where it has been down significantly, but it also brought back the beloved characters who were all lost after Thanos’ snap at the end of Infinity War. Some of these returns happened as expected, but some were a pretty substantial surprise, including this Guardians of the Galaxy cameo that fans hardly noticed.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers.
In the final scenes of Avengers: Endgame, when Sam Wilson/Falcon delivered is very best “On your left,” all of the characters who were lost after the Snap began appearing through portals from Doctor Strange and the other sorcerers. These portals then started getting bigger, and massive armies stepped through from different individual Marvel franchises. The Wakandans marched, as did the sorcerers, with Asgardians, and even the Ravagers. And at this moment, if we notice, there is a character we probably missed in Endgame: Howard the Duck.
Yes, he is hard to spot. But actually Howard the Duck is lined up amongst the rest of the Ravagers when they march on Thanos. If you watch the film again and start paying close attention when Wasp shows up on the screen for the first time, and you take a look to Wasp’s right, you will see a blue alien. And just in front of/below that alien is none other than Howard, ready to do his part saving the universe.
It is also worth noting that Kraglin should be in this scene somewhere, even though we have not just found him yet. In the credits, Sean Gunn is also listed as playing Rocket’s motion-capture and Kraglin as well.
While Howard the Duck came as a surprise for fans, Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo had wanted to include him for a while. The character was initially supposed to have a small role in Infinity War last year.
“Howard the Duck was really in one draft of the script,” co-director Anthony said last year. “He actually had a good scene. So we were going to cameo with [The Hangover and Community star] Ken Jeong, with Howard the Duck. That’s a much-beloved scene by us, but it just did not end up fitting at all.”
Do you catch the Howard the Duck cameo in Endgame? The film is now playing in theaters.
“Avengers: Endgame:” What Groot Says at the End of the Film
Last week Avengers: Endgame finally hit theaters, already breaking box office records and is considered one of the best movies in the franchise. Many fans have even seen the film multiple times, but since Earth does not offer Groot as an elective as Asgard does, everyone is still wondering what Groot said at the end of Endgame.
Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.
At the end of the film, it was revealed that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) would be going off to join the Guardians of the Galaxy (or maybe the “Asgardians of the Galaxy” as he so hilariously put it), there was some mild debate about who the leader of the group would be: Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) or Thor. Their fellow Guardians suggested a knife fight to settle the debate, and Groot chimed in. According to a recent Reddit post to r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers, Groot says the following:
“Yes, I like knives.”
Pretty straight-forward! Certainly, it does not pack the same punch as his final words in Infinity War, which were previously revealed to be a simple, “Dad,” to Rocket Raccoon as he was turning to dust. Considering the last time we see Groot in Endgame is infinitely sillier than the last time in Infinity War, it is no surprise it was a comical line.
Besides, the Reddit post shared by u/RiverFenixBen reveals much more information, including details about cameo of Stan Lee, with how the funeral scene was shot, and the reasoning behind no post-credits sequence. You can read the full post here.
Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Ronin, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Tess Thompson as Valkyrie, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as Groot.
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters. Other MCU films include Captain Marvel, which is still playing in select theaters, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which swings into theaters on July 2.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” Reportedly Starts Filming in 2020
Even though it still does not have an official release date, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could end up arriving in theaters sooner than we thought.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the third Guardians movie is currently scheduled to start filming in 2020, ahead of its previously-reported February 2021 production start date.
As it stands now, Guardians 3 will be in a unique situation due to the fluidity of James Gunn’s role. Before his firing, the production had been scheduled to start this year in anticipation of a 2020 release. Since James Gunn was let go and subsequently rehired, it is understandable why they delayed the production by a full calendar year, at least.
Should that reports prove accurate, Guardians 3 would likely end up with one of Marvel Studios’ three dates in 2021 – February 12, May 7, or November 5. Since 2021 still looks a bit too soon for another team-up movie, Marvel would presumably give their middle date to the Gunn-directed film, in an attempt help launch the summer box office.
Previously, Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan revealed that she might have had a peek at the script of the sequel, though she would not go into any details past the fact she has read it.
“Our director will not be with us any longer, but we’re excited to continue the Guardians of the Galaxy story and to keep delivering to fans,” Gillan shared to People Magazine. “That is the most important thing. I do not have any details as to when [Guardians Vol. 3 will come out] but there is a script in existence. And I may have had a little teeny peek, but I cannot say anything.”
Earlier this year, the Guardians co-star Sean Gunn admitted he had not seen the script for this threequel yet, though he has spoken to James about the film’s plot, even in the wake of his brother’s reinstatement as a director at Marvel Studios.
“It’s safe to say that I have had a conversation about it,” Sean Gunn said. “I have not actually read the script or the treatment, but I have talked to my brother about it, that means I need to be very careful with what I say.”
In the meantime, Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters and Spider-Man: Far From Home will follow on July 2.
“Avengers: Endgame” New Look at Rocket Raccoon’s Classic Comics Costume
The second full-length Avengers: Endgame trailer is finally out, showing Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) saves the universe from the Mad Titan (star Josh Brolin) himself. Though the glimpse of Rocket might not have shown everyone’s beloved “rabbit” going toe-to-toe with Thanos, the trailer did include a new shot that makes it clear Rocket now gets a new suit for himself.
You can take a closer look below.
In fact, it is a comic-accurate suit from Marvel’s cosmic heyday.
Previously revealed in the Super Bowl spot, the latest trailer has a better look at Rocket’s appearance, which includes a pair of goggles this time around. The Rocket Raccoon’s costume comes straight from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) story – a run that is heavily influenced the Guardians trajectory in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As it stands now, Rocket Raccoon is the lone member of the Guardians alive as every else turned into dust – or in the case of Gamora, she was murdered by Thanos – in Avengers: Infinity War. While the fan-favorite character previously paired up with Thor (star Chris Hemsworth) and Groot (Vin Diesel) on a mission in Infinity War, Rocket Raccoon is now seen here entering battle on the shoulder of War Machine (star Don Cheadle).
After Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, the future of the Guardians is still uncertain, although Disney and Marvel Studios president has confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen, with the return of director James Gunn.
Captain Marvel stars the Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (Carol Danvers), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou (Korath). Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan (Minn-Erva), Lee Pace (Ronan), Rune Temte. Algenis Perez Soto, Kenneth Mitchell (Joseph Danvers), with Clark Gregg (Phill Coulson), Jude Law, and Goose the cat.
“Guardians of the Galaxy 3:” Disney Reportedly Rehires Director James Gunn
Months and months after firing James Gunn for his decade-old inappropriate tweets, Disney now has reportedly reversed their decision regarding Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. After all, on Friday afternoon, the House of Mouse and Marvel Studios had changed their minds and officially brought James Gunn back to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the decision was actually made months ago following conversations between Disney and Marvel Studios executives.
According to the latest report, Walt Disney Studios president Alan F. Horn, who also had a hand in James Gunn’s initial firing last summer, met with the filmmaker several times after he was removed from the position. The chairman of Disney was persuaded to change his mind after seeing Gunn’s public apology and his subsequent handling of the situation. Also, this case of Gunn was probably helped by his cast and peers, who were all vocal online and even in interviews defending the director.
At present, James Gunn had already completed his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the film would use his script. Meanwhile, other directors were the subject of rumors, suggesting that Marvel was looking to replace James Gunn rather quickly. But that clearly was not the case.
However, the only complicated part of this entire situation is the involvement of James Gunn with Warner Bros. and DC.
After leaving Marvel, the director signed on to write and direct Suicide Squad 2. The film production is set to begin this year, and Marvel has agreed let Gunn complete his work on the DC project before heading back to the Guardians franchise. Recently, the roster and working title of Suicide Squad 2 have been revealed.
As for James Gunn, since his firing, he has kept things quiet on the social network for a time, but that changed after the Disney and Marvel Studios broke out in a collective cry of joy after they reversed the decision. Eventually, the filmmaker was back to Twitter to share a simple message of thanks for everyone who supported him in the recent months.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019
So, James Gunn will still helm the Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Bros. and DC before returning to Marvel to begin production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
What do you think of this decision from Disney? Are you excited to see James Gunn back in the director’s chair for Guardians 3? Share with us in the comments!
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:” Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios Has Been Focusing on Other Projects
In the months ever since Disney fired James Gunn from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, fans have been eager to know about how Marvel Studios would move forward with the project. While president Kevin Feige confirmed that Gunn’s script would still be used for the sequel, however, he admitted that it was not the current priority of the studio.
“I mean, when it was pushed back, yeah it was pushed back,” Kevin Feige said during an interview with Collider. “Meaning the release date, because it is not coming out – although we have never announced a release date actually, it’s gonna happen sooner rather than later, initially of course. Outside of knowing that we are gonna use Gunn’s draft, we’ve been focusing on other projects.”
James Gunn helmed the first two films in the saga and was attached to direct the third one, landing sometime in 2020. However, when obscene jokes he made earlier in his career surfaced on social media, Disney parted ways the filmmaker as to avoid controversy. Gunn’s career is far from over as he’s been tapped to write and potentially direct The Suicide Squad for the DC Extended Universe.
Meanwhile, Disney has yet to find a replacement for James Gunn.
Though, it’s not surprising if the third movie would serve as more of a reboot than a continuation of the first two Guardians films. Like many others of Marvel’s superhero teams, various heroes have been Guardians members. So that could be an opportunity to reinvent the concept somewhere down the line.
At present, complicating matters is the frequent comments from Guardians co-star Dave Bautista, who regularly expressed his frustrations with Disney’s decisions, yet has not officially denounced the Marvel Cinematic Universe, possibly as not to complicate his contract and commitments to the franchise.
“There’s little due process in the court of public opinion,” the actor shared in a joint statement following James Gunn’s firing. “James likely is not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in the country, it is safe to say instances like this will continue, though we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.”
“It’s our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize our enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and each other, regarding the use of written words when we etch them in the digital stone,” he continued. “We as a society may learn from the experience, and in the future, we’ll think twice before decide what we want to express. And in so learning perhaps can harness the capability to help and also heal instead of hurting each other. So thank you for taking the time to read our words.”
Stay tuned with us for details on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
“Guardians of the Galaxy:” Marvel Studios Head Confirms James Gunn’s Vol. 3 Script Will Be Used
After more than enough speculation, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the production house will use James Gunn’s script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 since they decided to push that film into production.
Recently, during the press tour for Captain Marvel, Kevin Feige clarified with CinemaBlend about the exact role James Gunn had in helping build the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to the president, reports that Gunn was a major architect of all things cosmic MCU were “blown out of proportion.”
“His influence was Guardians. It was Guardians,” Feige said about the involvement of James Gunn. “It was his input both on Guardians and the Avengers film, as you have seen in Avengers: Infinity War, and on the Guardians 3 script, which we are still using. So you will see the influence. And I think online, sort of the notion of ‘architect across multiple cosmic things’ was slightly blown out of proportion.”
This news should be reassuring to fans who got nervous that the Guardians franchise would have to be reassembled from the ground up in the absence of James Gunn. Last December, reports also teased that Gunn’s trilogy-capping script was something to cry over.
“If somehow I had talked to two separated people,” Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm teased. “Who somehow read Gunn’s Guardians 3 script, and told me that it made them cry, I probably would not be able to say anymore.”
Last year, Gunn was fired after years-old tweets surfaced. Despite departing from his working relationship with Marvel Studios, James Gunn has since been tapped to write and helm the Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., a flick that would be a soft reset for DC’s group of misfits.
So, are you excited they are still using James Gunn’s script for the third Guardians flick? Who do you think should board the film as a director? Share with us in the comments below!
“Guardians of the Galaxy:” Early Concept Art Reveals Much Different Look for Drax
Andy Park, the comic book artist, illustrator, and concept artist, is frequently sharing cool images to his Instagram. Recently, the creative posted an interesting picture of what Drax could have looked like in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
You can view the image below.
“An early concept design I did for Drax on the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. @imcharliewen was leading our Visual Development team back then on the film (go check out his very cool alternate Drax designs!). We’re just trying to figure out how to set him apart from the obvious Kratos (God of War) resemblance Drax had in the comic book look,” Park writes.
“There’s no set script yet, so we were open to explore those characters. Maybe Drax could be biologically enhanced making him a more perfect warrior. That is part of the fun of concept designing – imaging up the story behind the story. Btw the final approved design was done by the amazing @justinjsweet,” he noted.
This early look of Drax really answered the question, “What would Nebula looks like as a man?”
For reference, here is what Drax the Destroyer looked like when he first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1973.
And this is what Dave Bautista ended up looking like in the Guardian movies.
In the comments, many fans were quick to point out that the original design resembled Jason Momoa, which is no surprise considering the star was rumored to be up for the part back in the day. Momoa may not have gotten Drax’s role, but he is doing just fine on his own over at D.C.
Andy Park first began his career as comic book artist for Extreme Studios – a division of Image Comics.
He joined the Visual Development team at Marvel Studios in 2010, serving as the concept illustrator for the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. His list of credits includes The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, and even Black Panther. Andy Park was also the visual development supervisor on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, alongside the upcoming Captain Marvel.
As for Drax,
We last saw him turn to dust during The Decimation in Avengers: Infinity War. However, Dave Bautista appears on the list of cast members for Avengers: Endgame on IMDB. With the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in question, it is unclear when we will see Drax again after Endgame. Still, the actor behind this character has plenty of projects in the works.
You can see Dave Bautista next in Stuber, an action/comedy from the director of Goon that also stars Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, and The Raid Redemption’s Iko Uwais. The actor is also debuting in the upcoming family movie My Spy alongside Keb Jeong and Kristen Schaal.
So, what do you think about the alternate Drax appearance? Tell us in the comments!
The next MCU films to hit the big screen are Captain Marvel on March 8, Avengers: Endgame on April 26, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5 this year.
“Avengers: Infinity War” Theory May Have Revealed Groot’s Real Name
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War may be a relic from last year, but the blockbuster is a gift that keeps on giving. The packed film has been keeping superhero fans entertained for months now with its Easter eggs and theories. However, if you thought you had noticed all there was to the everyone’s favorite Guardian ever, Groot. Then now you have another thing coming.
After all, there is one theory making the rounds with fans, wondering if Groot is the real name of this sentient alien tree, keeping the Guardian universe safe.
Since his line “I am Groot” repeats over and over again throughout the movies, we would never think there was any uncertainty about his real name. However, on the basis of one line from Infinity War, a compelling case is made. That we all may have all been getting this Guardian’s name wrong this whole time.
Over Reddit, a user CheMc broke down their theories for Groot and his name mishap. It turns out that Thor’s time with the little alien got fans confused, leaving some to wonder if he is actually named Tree.
“As I understand the Guardians do not actually understand Groot. They’ve just spent enough time around him to have a good idea of what he’s saying. As far as each MCU character in the MCU goes, Thor is the only person we know to understand the language having learned it in Asgard,” the Reddit user writes.
“I realized that when Thor introduces Groot to Captain America, he introduces him as “Tree” rather than Groot. That got me thinking what if his name is actually Tree. And that he’s merely only able to say “I am Groot” leaving the Guardians to believe that’s his name. But Thor understanding the language knows that to be wrong.”
From here, we all know a fact that whenever the Guardian says “I am Groot,” usually he is just trying to communicate something that’s completely unrelated to his own name.
As no one in the MCU seems to understand what he is saying, most of the characters just simply gather the gist of his meaning from context and tone. So why should we assume that this oft-repeated line is true in the first place? And at the end of Infinity War, remember his final “I am Groot” line to Rocket before turning to ash? What the Guardian was saying at the moment is even more heartbreaking than we could have imagined.
To continue, the fan posted a few points which further backed their theory about this Guardian’s real name.
One of those points questions if he might carry the full name Groot Tree since Thor refers to his comrades by their surnames. Still, the theory of whether the Guardian is hiding the real name behind his limited vocabulary has piqued the interest of plenty.
For those unsure about where they stand on the debate, the comics have addressed Groot as well as his speech patterns before. Although this topic of a potential hidden name is a new one, Marvel’s first comics with the character in 1960 did confirm his race was unable to say anything other than “I am Groot.” Since then, Marvel Studios has granted the superhero with a full vocabulary with a sleek factory reboot. But they’ve never mentioned about his real name so far.
So, do you think Groot is just hiding his real name? Or is it the one he has been rocking all this time? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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