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Glenn Close Cast in Guardians of the Galaxy!

Glenn CloseIt’s been a busy week for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Not only was it announced that John C. Reilly was in talks to play Rhomann Dey, but yesterday, it was announced that Glenn Close will be playing some sort of leadership role in the Nova Corps.

I’m not sure what’s going on with this movie, but it looks like they’re cramming a ton of new stuff into this movie, and I, for one, am a little worried about it. Of course, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close are phenomenal actors, but introducing a crapload of stuff, all at once, could spell disaster. The Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be difficult enough to bring to the big screen on their own, without the addition of the Nova Corps. If these rumors are to be believed, I’m guessing it’s Marvel’s way to launch a few more projects (probably a stand-alone Nova movie), but if it were up to me, I’d focus on one set of characters before bringing in another.

The movie is set to start shooting in a few weeks, so hopefully, some of this stuff will get cleared up. But in the meantime, I’ll be scratching my head wondering just what the hell Marvel is doing.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Round-Up

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Yesterday, HitFix.com published some news about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie that was kind of all over the place, but the big news is…

John C. Reilly Could Play Rhomann Dey

John C. ReillyAccording to HitFix, Rhomann Dey will be sort of the Agent Coulson for the Guardians, facilitating relations between them and the people of Earth. Now, here’s my issue with this: Rhomann Dey is not from Earth (He’s Xandaran), nor is he an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (He’s the leader of the Nova Corps!), so I’m not exactly sure how this could work. I love John C. Reilly, and I’m sure whatever they give him to work with, he’ll knock it out of the park. He’s always been a strong actor whether in a dramatic role or a comedic one. He’s not my concern. My concern is that the integrity of the character is in jeopardy.

Which brings me to my next point. The article also describes Yondu (unofficially being played by Michael Rooker) as a “space pirate” as well as the movie’s villain. Now, anyone who knows Guardians of the Galaxy should know that Yondu is neither of these things. He’s an archer and a founding member of the Guardians.

They also suggest that Lee Pace as another, unknown villain, who will switch sides, and begin preparation for a spin-off movie (possibly Nova, Adam Warlock, or Mar-vell).

Something is definitely rotten in Denmark. None of this information makes any sense. Of course, it could all be an elaborate red herring set up by Marvel to throw everyone off. Or the author of the article is a dumbass. Either sound more plausible to me, quite frankly. I’d hate to believe Marvel would have this little respect for its characters. After all, this isn’t a DC movie.

You can check out the original article here.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Variant Cover by Adi Granov!

Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Brian Michael Bendis tweeted a variant cover for Guardians of the Galaxy #1:

It’s more or less the same as what we’ve been seeing from the current artists behind the new series, but I like it. Glad to see Rocket Raccoon front and center. It’s still weird to me that Iron Man is a Guardian.

Blast from the Past!: Marvel Preview #7

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In the summer of 1976, Marvel released Marvel Preview #7, featuring a haunting depiction of Satana on the cover. This particular issue included five stories including: “Why a Devil’s Daughter…?”, “Damnation Waltz” (the Satana story), “From the Devil, A Daughter”, and “Just Over a Year Ago Today,”  but among all the devils and daughters and ellipses, there was a continuation of a story that began just 3 issues prior in Marvel Preview #4 (Star-Lord’s debut): “The Sword in the Star! Stave 2: Witchworld,” where fans got their first glimpse of Rocket Raccoon (then known as Rocky). Marvel’s official synopsis for this story is as follows:

“Continuation and the last chapter (incomplete) of The Star in the Sword! saga. Here Prince Wayfinder comes to the mysterious planet known as Witch-World, a strange planet that appears as a big forest. Here he meets Rocket Raccoon, who allied with Wayfinder when a monstrous tree, the Plagueosaur, appears. After the Plageosaur’s defeat and death, a mystical being called Kirke appears. “

So, before he met Groot, Rocket aided in the destruction of a different monstrous tree character. That’s interesting. You know, I’d really like to see if I can get my hands on this “The Sword in the Star!” series. As far as I know, Rocket Raccoon is the biggest thing to come from it, but it could be fun.

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The Villain Will Be Ronan the Accuser!

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Yesterday, JoBlo.com officially announced that the villain for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie would be Ronan the Accuser, ruler of the Kree empire. As for who will be playing Ronan, it’s anyone’s guess.

With all of the speculation about Thanos being the primary villain, with a henchman (The Controller), I’m glad they decided to go with a villain who will better fit a Guardian story. My guess is they’re going to save Thanos for Avengers 2 or 3. That doesn’t necessarily mean Thanos and The Controller cant make appearances, or pull the strings behind the scenes, though, so I guess we’ll see. JoBlo seems to think that the appearance of Ronan could possibly be the beginnings of the Kree-Skrull War. How great would that be?

You can check out their entire article here. (Beware: potential spoilers for The Amazing Spider-man 2)

Sneak Peak: Guardians of the Galaxy #5

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July can’t get here soon enough. I just found out that Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is being co-written by none other than Neil Gaiman (!!!). The issue will also feature Angela, a character Gaiman (and Todd McFarlane) originally introduced to the Marvel Universe via Spawn.

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Both Gaiman and Angela will be returning to Marvel for the conclusion of the Age of Ultron crossover event, and will segue into Guardians of the Galaxy. Friday, Marvel tweeted a preview of the cover of the Guardians of the Galaxy #5:

So very cool. As a fan of Gaiman’s, I (obviously) can’t wait for him to join forces with Bendis and Pichelli for GotG. It’s going to be like a Megazord of awesomeness.

Blast from the Past!: Iron Man #55

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In February 1973, Marvel published Iron Man #55, an issue that not only features the first appearance of Drax the Destroyer (who can be seen on the cover), but it also contained the first appearances of Mentor and Thanos, the Mad Titan, among others. Marvel’s official synopsis is as follows:

“Drax telepathically warns Iron Man about the Blood Brothers, but the two villains are already battling him. The duo render him unconscious and transport him to Thanos’ desert base. Thanos confronts Drax and reveals that he has been monitoring him and simply chose not to interfere. On Titan, Mentor prepares to aid Drax. As Iron Man is led into Thanos’ base he fights back against the Blood Brothers and evades them. While he is trying to free Drax, Thanos enters and steps on his hand, damaging his right gauntlet. The Blood Brothers recapture Iron Man, but Mentor and ISAAC send a blast of energy from Titan and through Iron Man’s unibeam, destroying Drax’s manacles. Drax and Iron Man quickly best the Blood Brothers. Thanos prepares to destroy his base but Drax obliterates the self-destruct switch. Iron Man punches Thanos’ head, only to shatter it apart, revealing Thanos has gone, leaving a robot duplicate in his place. Suspecting a booby trap, Drax advises Iron Man to exit quickly. The base is destroyed just as they depart. Drax is certain that Thanos still lives and that he will face him again. He thanks Iron Man for aiding the people of Titan. “

And here are some excerpts from this action-packed book:

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Thanos looks, more or less, the way he always looks, but get a load of Drax and that big purple cape. I certainly can’t imagine the modern day Drax wearing that thing.