With this, expect new characters to enter the fray and build Frank Castle’s violent, grim, semi-hinged and layered world of confliction between right and wrong. Marvel is announcing three new additions to the cast in order to build this world along with recent set miscellaneous photos accomodating Bernthal with the return of Daredevil series co-star, actress Deborah Ann Woll unveiled via Twitter this week which you can view at the very bottom.
A good friend of mine called the film a watershed moment in moviemaking history, at once brazenly announcing itself as Marvel’s own The Empire Strikes Back (something Spider-Man actually says in one of the film’s biggest action set pieces) –an honor and boast the Russo brothers well earn for the quality of the proceedings. Not to mention their previous directing prowess showcased in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. No question, two of the best films so far in the MCU catalogue.
What is wrong with giving back to a community that has had so much taken from it? It’s not like there aren’t enough roles for white actors/actresses. But when was the last time you saw an Asian actor lead in a movie? A romantic lead? A heroic lead or even a dramatic lead? None, so making Iron Fist Asian American would have done what to America? Lead Marvel and Netflix into depravity? Will there be riots in the streets? Will non-Asians start boycotting Chinese food? No, nothing would happen. Because while it might not seem like such a big deal to non-Asians that Iron Fist wasn’t casted Asian American, it is kind of a big deal to Asian Americans who seek to be represented on screen.
Marvel has several things happening with its various properties, including its latest mingling of ideas for R-rated material in the wake of the stunning success of Deadpool and the energizing announcement of a more adult-appropriated Wolverine film. That’s one particular end of Marvel’s vast cinematic venture we’ll touch on another time while we turn our focus to another stellar and more family-friendly property, Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2.
The first film became a surprise hit for director and writer James Gunn earning close to $774 million dollars globally, and ultimately opening the door for co-writer Nicole Perlman to join the crew of Marvel’s upcoming MCU installement, Captain Marvel. Moreover, that surprise hit the film drew can easily be attributed to the incredible performances of its cast, particularly for leading man Chris Pratt along with hulking actor Dave Bautista and actress Zoë Saldana next to the CGI likeness of a talking tree named Groot voiced by Vin Diesel, and a badass talking raccoon named Rocket, played Bradley Cooper.
It’s supporting cast of performers including Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly and actor Josh Brolin also paved the way to the film’s electric chemistry and pacing next to a soundtrack made of pure gold with a soulful soundtrack of classic rock and love ballads that made this tale a fittingly brilliant one for all its deserved success along with great action sequences that easily stand the test of time. For this, we’re now off to a sequel, and time will tell how all this will bode as we engage Phase Three a little more with the crop of actors we have now for each film to come; new films are being added as we speak and so nothing is really set in stone with the ideas floating around among the higher-ups at Marvel and Disney, but their track record so far says a lot about the prospects here and so I suspect there’s plenty of reason to feel assured in a fine sequel. It’s director knows his shit, and you can’t argue that against that.
Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Golden Compass”); production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Tomorrowland”); editors Fred Raskin (“The Hateful Eight,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Craig Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”); three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”); stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ); co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “The Avengers”).
The original “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning over $770 million at the worldwide box-office, and holds the record as the most successful debut film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the film’s soundtrack went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy®.
Based on the Marvel comic characters first published in 1969, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016; “Doctor Strange,” November 4, 2016; “Spider-Man,” July 7, 2017; and “Thor: Ragnarok” on November 3, 2017.
Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2015 with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. The studio also successfully launched another franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. The film opened #1 at the box office on July 17 and went on to gross more than $519 million at the worldwide box office. The film propelled the Marvel brands’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 12 consecutive films.
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