Marvel unleashes a flood of concept art and new footage with 'Phase Two' featurette
When I wrote about my always-evolving feelings towards spoilers last week, I got several e-mails from people asking if that means I'll never write about a movie during production again.
Of course not.
It just means that I am trying to be more conscious of what I say about something while it's being made, and I want to try to safeguard your experience with a film. I don't want to be the reason someone has to scrap an idea again, and I've put my foot in it enough times that I'm trying to figure out how to do my job better.
Now, when a studio decides to release a big sneak peek like Marvel did with the Phase One box set they put out, I consider that fair game. I would still warn that if you don't want to know anything, don't look at the gallery we've attached below, but if you don't mind being teased a bit, I think this is a great job of showing us enough to get fans talking but not enough to ruin anything they've got coming between now and "The Avengers 2."
I'll go ahead and say it right now: I am fascinated by "Guardians Of The Galaxy." I still remember when my buddy Bill Rosemann first turned me on to the character. This was the mid-'80s, and Bill was the comic book nerd just like I was the movie nerd. I would share films with him, and he would share comic books with me, and a lot of what I still read today was influenced by the things Bill turned me on to at that time. He was positively crazy for Rocket Raccoon, as he was for most things that were written by Bill Mantlo, and looking back now, I'm amazed to learn that Mike Mignola was the one who handled the pencils for that introductory mini-series. Keith Giffen was the one who co-created the character with Mantlo, but it was that four-issue mini-series that really made a case for him as an ongoing character in the larger Marvel universe. When Rocket made his return to Marvel in recent years, I was not even slightly surprised to learn that Bill, now an editor at Marvel, was one of the guys helping steer things. I would imagine that as he sees images from the film start to roll in, he's got to feel like someone is playing an elaborate prank on him. Who would have ever imagined that this would end up as a movie, or that it would be such a big piece of Marvel's movie plans for the next few years?
The quick glimpses we get of "Thor: The Dark World" are promising, and I'm certainly excited to see what they do with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Showing us Bucky's "death" again is a nice touch, and I love the glimpses we get of The Falcon, although I could probably stand to see a little more red and black in that costume. And while some of us saw the "Ant-Man" tease at Comic-Con last year, the vast majority of fans will be getting their first look at what Edgar Wright is doing with the character. I love that Devin Faraci dubbed this fighting style "size-fu," and I think that perfectly captures what it is that Wright seems to be trying.
Look, all of this is marketing for movies that are ostensibly marketing for a larger movie that comes at the end of each cycle, but that's a really cynical way to look at these films that have managed to successfully bring to life a universe that many of us have been reading for decades now. I still remember sitting across from Avi Arad and Kevin Feige in a conference room at the now-defunct Artisan Pictures, listening to them talk about their vision for what Marvel could be on the bigscreen. At the time, it sounded impossible.
These days? No such word. Bring it on, gents. All of it.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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