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Guardians of the Galaxy First Look

Ever since Marvel Studios announced Guardians of the Galaxy at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012, they’ve done a good job of teasing us with some really cool concept art, but that’s about it. Production on the movie wrapped up this fall, but while director James Gunn occasionally posted pictures of himself feeding raccoons or holding up wrestling belts on the set , nothing from the actual movie has ever been officially published publicly. That is, until today.

The film’s director has taken to his Twitter account to post the first ever real look at Guardians of the Galaxy. Very similar to the concept art that was released this past summer and seemingly taken directly from the footage that was shown in Hall H during the Marvel Studios panel at this summer’s Comic-Con, the image has the titular team in a criminal lineup (at one point in the movie the group all find themselves in prison together). As you can see by clicking on the still and seeing it in high-res, none of them are very happy to be there.

With the film still about eight months away from its August 1st release date there are still some pretty big pockets of the movie-going audience who know absolutely nothing about who these characters are, so allow me to help out by breaking it down.

Gamora Guardians of the Galaxy

First up on the far left side of the image we have Gamora, a badass green alien played by Zoe Sandana. As the actress explained on the panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the character is a hardcore assassin and possesses great strength, agility and speed. She is an adopted daughter of the evil Thanos – the big purple dude featured in the end credits of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers – but starts a new life for herself with the Guardians of the Galaxy fighting with the good guys.

Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy

Next up we have Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord, played by Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt. Despite his looks, he is actually half human and half alien, and when he was a kid he was taken away from Earth and never looked back. He spends his days trying to be a Han Solo-type smuggler, but, like Gamora, finds a new path thanks to his new group of friends.

Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy

Rocket Raccoon may be a lot shorter than his Guardians of the Galaxy teammates, but underestimating him would be a big mistake. Voiced by Bradley Cooper, Rocket is one of a kind, as he was just a normal raccoon before being kidnapped and undergoing experimental medical treatments. As his name implies, he is he is a big fan of explosions and weaponry, and of all the members in the group his closest bond is with Groot (who we will talk more about in a bit.

Drax The Destroyer Guardians of the Galaxy

This mountain of alien muscle is Drax The Destroyer, played by wrestler Dave Bautista. In the comics the character began his life as an ordinary human named Arthur Douglas who saw his entire family killed at the hands of Thanos. Needing somebody to help fight the evil titan, a cosmic energy known as Kronos takes Douglas’ spirit and puts it into a powerful alien body. He’s not only incredibly strong, but can also do some serious damage with a knife.

Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

Finally we’ve arrived at Groot. If you look at this character and think to yourself, “Man, that looks like a walking tree,” then you have some very sharp instincts. Groot is an alien of the species Flora colossus, and is the strongest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He has the ability to change his size and can absorb wood to become even stronger than he is naturally. He also has genius-level intelligence, though it’s a bit difficult to find that out given that he only has the ability to say “I am Groot” (probably not the biggest challenge for Vin Diesel, who is voicing the character).

In all probability we won’t get to see a Guardians of the Galaxy trailer until Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in April, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Marvel will give us something sooner rather than later!

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Deadpool Annual #1Well, that solves that then.

Way’s introduction of Deadpool’s White Thought Box is one of the more controversial aspects of his run on the title. Was it the natural progression of Deadpool’s psychosis or just a way of reducing Deadpool further down into a joke? Regardless, when Way’s run ended and Poshen took over the White Box disappeared without so much of an explanation… until now.

Deadpool runs into Madcap, a character who has been around since the 80’s. Madcap is himself insane after losing his family and being mixed with a compound that makes him as immortal as Deadpool. Deadpool is just trying to kill Daredevil when Madcap shows up and interrupts him. Then Daredevil shows up, then Thor (who was getting a latte), and the whole thing goes sideways and both characters are reduced to ash by Thor.

That ash then reforms into one individual, the body of Deadpool with Madcap hanging out in his mind.

Yeah, sounds about right.

I’m not entirely sure what I want to think about this pseudo-retcon of the White Box. What does this mean for all the interactions between Deadpool, the Yellow Box, and the White Box? How does this affect Deadpool’s character development?

Will the comics bother to address this?

Probably not.

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Review: A+X #14

A+X #14I’m catching a theme here… everyone is making fun of the Superior Spider-Man…

Seriously, everything I’ve seen with the Superior Spider-Man that isn’t actually the SSM comics, the characters always somehow poke fun at Doc Oct. They conveniently find a way to discuss either Doc Oct or villains like him, and in doing so say things that would cause Doc Oct to hold his tongue lest give away the game. It’s getting kind of annoying because while yes, we know about Doc Oct, the characters (except Deadpool because, well, Deadpool) have no idea. I know, it’s a little thing, but it pisses me off because it takes away from the story itself.

Instead of some interesting team up between Magneto and Doc OctSpidey we’re treated to a long dialogue about what it means to be a villain.

And instead of that being really interesting and thought provoking, most of it is spent trying to get a rise out of Doc Oct.

Thank you for that.

The second team up is another installment of Cap and Scott running around, sniping at each other while trying to figure this Skrull thing out. And that’s pretty much it, a lot of back and forth bitching while destroying Doom Bots. And man, Victor von Doom is a bit of a jerk. What else is new?

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X-Men Legacy #20This week… on A&E’s Intervention…

Apparently this wasn’t so much an execution as it was these guys helping David by knocking him down a notch. This actually makes a scary lot of sense. David has been running around a bit high and mighty which was in direct contradiction to him being afraid of his own powers and just how dangerous he can be. He needed a good sit down but your standard intervention wasn’t going to work… cue the dramatics.

But will all this backfire on them? Basically they just gave David the key to his own powers and being able to do even more damage than he already has. It’s like giving armaments to one country to fight another, only in a decade or two finding those guns pointed back at you. The way Ruth was reacting, it seems this is pretty much what’s going to happen, eventually.

Why is it whenever an Xavier is involved it is always going to end badly?

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What's Your Tag?

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Those of you who have yet to be infected with the Live by Microsoft, Die by Microsoft virus may soon succumb to it. Microsoft is now breaking into the TV show/mini-movie industry, albeit without any idea of what they’re actually going to do. Either way, this is an unbelievable accomplishment and, further, a declaration of war!

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Review: X-Men #7

X-Men #7So… we’re just going to ignore the fact that Rogue isn’t there anymore?

Okay, so the real story is all about the fact that Lady Deathstrike is back (sorta) and both Karima and Monet are back as well. Some rich girl in Columbia decides to have herself ‘infected’ with Lady Deathstrike’s conscious because, I dunno, because she can? Wood doesn’t really make that clear. Both Ana and LD seem to be interested in more mods and so they want the tech inside of Karima and plan one of the stupidest assaults on the school to date.  Karima and Monet had to be outside jogging or else the plot would have gotten really screwy by the fact LD would have had her butt handed to her even worse than she just did.

I’m also still a bit annoyed that so far this all-female team is getting nothing but female baddies to fight against…

And I have no idea what to make of the Jubilee and Roxy sub-plot at the moment, will have to see where that one goes.

But lastly, even though I haven’t gotten to the Uncanny Avengers issue I know that Rogue gets skewered and is apparently ‘dead’, so I guess at the moment they are just ignoring her absence post-Battle of the Atom until ‘all is made clear’ once Shock-Jock-Remender gets done with his plot arc.

Sometimes it’s the little things that really annoy me.

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Anna Paquin as Rogue

When I heard that Rogue was cut from Days of Future Past I was both upset and relieved, apparently these emotions aren’t mutually exclusive.

But then I remembered what The Vulture wrote back in July:

In Singer’s take, Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future. Could that be the plot development that brings Anna Paquin’s power-copying Rogue into the fold once again?

This made sense and the trailer seemed to confirm it as Rogue is seen being rescued by Bobby and Magneto, something which I figured was in the back part of the film when they needed to find her to save Kitty.

But now we learn that Rogue’s scene was at the beginning of the film and apparently wasn’t important enough to the plot to keep? So what does that mean for The Vulture’s inside information which was spot on about everything else as confirmed later via the trailer? There are a few options:

  • They assume it meant Rogue but apparently it refers to someone/something else? (but who/what?)
  • This is one piece of information they simply got wrong?
  • Rogue’s removal is some kind of ‘red herring’ and we’ll be surprised during the latter part of the film?

I’m not really sure what to make of this, we’ll have to see what further reveals they give us before the film is released next year.

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