With Captain America: The Winter Soldier virtually finished in its run at theaters around the world and details on the The Avengers: Age of Ultron (more than halfway done shooting now) under tight security, Marvel Studios has still managed to keep itself in the daily news cycle this week. First, Marvel found itself in a tough position, tasked with finding a replacement director for Edgar Wright to helm Ant-Man and dealing with the negative buzz associated with move. Then Josh Brolin was revealed to be serving as the voice of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s big bad villain Thanos, to be introduced in this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and yesterday, the surprise news came in that Doctor Strange (a still-unannounced film) has a director.
Building on this, LR promised additional news today, news that’s “bigger” than Ant-Man’s director search coming to end and bigger than Doctor Strange casting. They have the first reader review for an early cut of Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re not sure that’s bigger than finding out who’s going to play Doctor Strange, but the review does serve to reveal plot details in addition to offering a critique of director James Gunn’s first big budget effort.
If a subjective, anonymous review of the unfinished film is a good indicator, you’ll be happy to know that the writer of it was skeptical of Guardians of the Galaxy but labeled the film as “great” even without its finished effects. They do point out some average action bits and character motivation issues, but unsurprisingly, the review claims the film is very comedic, that Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) steals the show and that the soundtrack factors heavily into the style of the film and its story – as evidenced by the two trailers thus far.
[Update: We've removed the spoiler reveals and plot details at the request of Disney.]
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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