It's a good time to be a Marvel comics fan. Between the substantial slate of adaptations being made by Marvel Studios personally, and the movies with Marvel characters being produced by other studios, the chances of seeing your favorite Marvel character make it to the big screen are increasing all the time, if it hasn't happened already.
Marc Webb, who has directed both installments of Sony's rebooted Amazing Spider-Man series, played on the hype by keeping up a constant stream of communication with fans and posting a different photo for every single day of filming. Not to be outdone, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has also been using Twitter to his advantage by sharing the occasional photo to generate hype, including big hints about which characters certain actors would be playing.
By contrast, details and images from James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movie have been kept under wraps quite effectively - so much so that the voice actors for Rocket Raccoon and Groot still have yet to be announced. We finally got our first look at some Guardians of the Galaxy footage during the Marvel panel at Comic-Con 2013, which included a sizzle reel of action shots and some basic scenes to introduce the characters.
Hopefully some more official images and perhaps even a teaser trailer will become available, but in the meantime Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, has shared this intriguing image of himself training for a scene underwater. In the accompanying tweet, Bautista jokes that he was trying out for the part of Prince Namor... at least, we think he was joking.
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Assuming this wasn't just a leisurely bonding experience, the image almost certainly means that Guardians of the Galaxy will feature some underwater scenes and/or battles. It's anyone's guess what the context of such a scene might be; perhaps the Guardians will pay a visit to the reptilian Badoon on their watery home planet.
Things aren't looking quite so serene on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer appears to have perfected the art of the teaser, and has shared with his fans on Twitter yet another intriguing image designed to get Mystique fans hyped for the next addition to the X-Men movie franchise. Now allied with Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants, she seems to be wasting no time in becoming a full-blown ass-kicking (or throat-kicking) supervillain.
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It's difficult to get an idea of setting from this, though those curtains in the background suggest that this is from a 1970s scene as opposed to a flash-forward. The fact that it seems to be snowing inside means that Storm could be around stirring things up, but the only other key detail is the outfit worn by Mystique's unfortunate victim, which looks like it might be some kind of uniform.
Two interesting photos there that don't give much away, but what can you glean from these glimpses into the making of Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past? Share your theories with us in the comments.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on July 18, 2014, followed shortly afterwards by Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1.