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Summer Movie Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2014 1:47 PM
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Summer 2014 preview
The temperatures are rising, the coats are going into storage, and the TV spots are getting more prevalent. That's right, it's almost time for summer movie season again. The months of May through August are traditionally the biggest in the multiplex calendar, but the lines have become increasingly blurred in recent years—if "Noah" and "Divergent" didn't kick off blockbuster season, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" certainly did, and that was three weeks ago.

Disney Meets With Marvel About More Potential ‘Avengers’ & ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Spin-Off Solo Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 16, 2014 1:58 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy/Avengers
Everyone wants a spin-off. That’s the talk du jour. It’s not enough to just have a franchise, you need solo films to keep that franchise going and going. It’s the new black: release a movie every other year while the main mothership has its flagship super-movie every two or three years, right? Fox hopes to do the same with the “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” series and Mystique (a mooted spin-off while the super-hero team carries on every other few years). And Marvel obviously already has this plan in place: an “Avengers” movie ever few years and in between them they have their solo character movies, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Ant-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World” etc.

James Gunn Says 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is "Definitely Connected" To 'Avengers 3' Plus New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 1:00 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
With Marvel plotting their cinematic map all the way to 2028, it's not a surprise to learn that thoughts are already percolating about "The Avengers 3." As folks know, Joss Whedon's Marvel contract expires after he drops "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron," so we'll have to see if he stays committed to the comic world that has earned his biggest success. But even if not, the path to the inevitable third movie is already being laid.

Watch: Star-Lord Meets Korath The Pursuer In Clip From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'; Nathan Fillion Teases Cameo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2014 9:18 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
While "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" obliterated April box office records and opened huge, it was a sequel to an already successful featuring characters from the billion dollar "The Avengers." When it comes to "Guardians Of The Galaxy," the benchmark Marvel will likely be aiming for is the $65 million "Thor" snared on its opening weekend. If it can do that, than the gamble on this one will likely have paid off. But until then, marketing will be key to driving people to the multiplex.

Kevin Feige Says Marvel Movie Map Plotted To 2028, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Spinoffs Considered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 10:28 AM
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There are no sure things in the movie business, and audience tastes can change at any time, but right now, Marvel is as close to a solid bet as it gets. The comic studio is simply dominating the genre by not only delivering what fans want, but staying (mostly) true to the characters, and creating a world that audiences are clearly invested in to the tune of $1.5 billion in worldwide sales for "The Avengers." And it's a not a shock that Marvel has captured the attention of the business world.

'Star Wars: Episode 7' Will Hit IMAX Along With Every Disney & Marvel Action Tentpole Through 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 10:42 AM
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With promises that he'll shoot on the fading 35mm film format, and employ a tasteful amount of CGI rather than bombarding our eyeballs with pixels, J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7" has one more trick up its sleeve: you'll be able to see it in IMAX.

First Look: Marvel Concept Art Reveals How Scarlett Witch & Quicksilver Will Appear in ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 19, 2014 11:45 AM
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Scarlett Witch: Concept Art
The Marvel Universe of comics has thousands of beloved characters and many of the A-list heroes have clocked time as members of "The Avengers." The sequel to Marvel's 2012 billion-dollar grosser, "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" will boast at least two new major members from the comics: Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and The Scarlett Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen).

Watch: Bradley Cooper Speaks As Rocket Raccoon For The First Time In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 2:23 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
The first trailer for "Guardians Of Galaxy" dropped on Monday night, and for the most part, fans were hugely enthusiastic about James Gunn's film, vibing with the winking tone of the superhero flick. But there was one major thing missing from its first promo: voices. Outside of Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, we didn't really hear anything out of the rest of the (mostly CGI enhanced) cast. Well, that's about to change.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Assembles New Superhero Team

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 11:55 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
So, a superhero movie with a raccoon and talking tree among the team, many have said (including us) that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" represents the biggest roll of the dice Marvel has taken to date. Just don't tell that to director James Gunn. "I don't think it's the riskiest Marvel property," he told Total Film. "I think 'Iron Man' was by far the riskiest. It was a film company that didn't have much, raising money to make a film based on a property that wasn't that much more well known than 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' So I think it's not even close to the riskiest Marvel property." Of course, Tony Stark now has three standalone movies to his name and the question is, can 'Guardians' reach that level of success?

Watch: Preview Full Length 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer Plus New Clip From One-Shot 'All Hail The King'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 10:09 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
The well-oiled Marvel marketing machine has a number of now familiar steps. With "Guardians Of The Galaxy" trailer dropping very late tonight, the comic studio, as per tradition, unloaded the first official images from the movie yesterday, and this morning have dropped a super brief teaser for the trailer.

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