Marvel Mutterings: X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man

Whether it’s Fox, Sony or the Marvel stable themselves, here are the world-wide witterings!

This week: X-Men spawn a toad, Feige & Gunn talk Guardians and the Guardian talk cartoons, Spidey 2 has 3 new posters and Stan the Man has Mighty 7 and Agents of SHIELD on the go!

X-Men: The ever-expanding roster of mutants in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past may have lost Rogue, but it’s gained Toad. In a recent interview, actor Evan Jonigkeit revealed that he will be playing a younger version of Toad. Jongkeit said: “I read a lot of the comic books. I found out the storyline of my character, who is Toad. X-Men fans will know that Ray Park played him in the first movie, so it’s a generation story of how he came to be. It’s really cool.” Although he gave no hints to his character’s look, Jonigkeit says that it’s different from how the character appeared in the first film: “The aesthetics of the character are much different, and I’m not really allowed to say a whole lot more than that.” When asked specifically about aesthetic changes, he added: “It’s darker. I would say it’s a darker tone.” X-Men: Days of Future Past hits cinemas on May 23, 2014.

Guardians Of The Galaxy: According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Guardians of the Galaxy will truly be a galactic affair: “NInety-nine percent of the film takes place on the other side of the universe with all new characters and all new worlds, although through certain connective tissue – such as Thanos in Avengers and some surprise appearances,”  Feige revealed. Further on the outer space theme, he said, “We explored some of that in the first Thor and Avengers and then more so in Thor: The Dark World.” Core to the film will be Rocket Racoon, the gun-toting mammal voiced by Bradley Cooper, who will be at “the heart of the movie”, according to director James Gunn. “He is most representative of the Guardians in the fact that he’s this little mangled beast that was taken and experimented on and torn apart and put back together, and we have to feel that character’s soul,” Gunn says. “If we see his plight, and see why he’s such an angry little guy, then the movie will work.”

And according to rumours, Marvel are planning an animated series based on Guardians Of The Galaxy; the word being that Marvel had to decide on either GOTG or yet another Spider-Man spin-off cartoon (although the latter may also still happen). It’s long been my opinion that this would be Disney’s preferred choice – Disney know better than anyone how to market to children, and a cartoon series now to familiarise the kids with all the characters would be surest way to get them to drag their parents to the cinema to see an armed racoon and a talking tree. The series is expected to air on Disney XD, the current home for Marvel animation, and it’s worth remembering that the Guardians previously appeared in Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2 Episode 18, written by Marvel’s Brian Michael Bendis, so animation isn’t exactly unfamiliar territory for them.

Ant-Man: Edgar Wright posted on his website, a little teaser for his Marvel Phase 3 movie, in the form a screen-grab from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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The image comes from Season 2, Episode 5 ‘To Steal An Ant-Man’ in which Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man technology/costume from creator Hank Pym. With rumours of the Ant-Man being a heist movie, and including both Pym and Lang’s version of the character, this could well be the origin story for tiny hero?

Stan Lee: Stan Lee’s been a busy boy – check out the first sneak clip of his animated film series Mighty 7, starring Armie Hammer, Teri Hatcher and Christian Slater: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/hub-networks-stan-lees-mighty-668221. AND The king of cameos is at it again: he will make an appearance in Marvel Entertainment’s live action Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in an episode that will air February 4th. Although Stan wouldn’t say who he’d playing in the episode, he did describe the role as a “big one.”

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Check of the three new posters:

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SilverFox out!

Sources: SFX, MTV, ComicBookMovie, SuperHero Hype, The Hollywood Reporter

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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