With so many Marvel movies in production, it can be hard to keep track of all the moving pieces - which is why we're here to provide a nice roundup of Marvel movie goodness for you to indulge in all at once.
Today, we have the first official image from Bryan Singer's pivotal new film, X-Men: Days of Future Past; production is underway on Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, but that isn't stopping director James Gunn from taking yet another actor from his circle of collaborators and adding it the cast of his big blockbuster debut.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Images
X-Men: Days of Future Past has now wrapped production, and director Bryan Singer commemorated the occasion by Tweeting out the following wrap photo from the Montreal set, featuring himself, star Hugh Jackman, writer Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker:
Note the funny bowl-cut hairstyle Wolverine is rocking. Hopefully Jackman is just "out of makeup" in that shot and some proper Wolvy hair extensions are waiting for him back in his trailer. Fingers crossed.
With production now done - and Singer's one-man teaser marketing campaign now behind him - we can start to get the polished promotional tour for the film's march into theaters next summer - kicking off with this first X-Men: Days of Future Past official image (obviously from the overseas markets), which seems to have been purposely chosen in order to echo a teaser set photo that Singer released early on during production. Courtesy of Hitsville:
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The story for Days of Future Past will presumably be about a dystopian future in which mutants are hunted by killer robots known as Sentinels. A post-credits scene during The Wolverine [MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW] revealed that present-day Professor X and Magneto are aware of the terrible fate awaiting the world, and have a plan to avert that future - using Wolverine's help.
In the comics, it is Kitty Pryde whose consciousness is sent back in time to warn the X-Men of a dire things to come; Comic-Con 2013 revealed that Singer's film will use Hugh Jackman's Wolverine as the time-hopper who tries to warn the X-Men of the First Class era about the dangerous seeds that are sprouting in the 1970s era they live in - namely the threat of Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the man who will engineer the Sentinel robots that wipe out mutantkind (and perhaps humanity).
So, that synopsis explains why '70s Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are hanging out with Wolvy in the X-Men base - but we still have yet to learn how and why Beast is able to show up in human form - especially after early teaser photos revealed he will be blue and furry at some point. Just one of many questions surrounding this film.
X-Men Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23, 2014.
Source: Twitter & Hitsville [via Bleeding Cool]
Guardians of the Galaxy Casting Update
— Gregg Henry (@GreggHenry88) August 19, 2013
Character actor Gregg Henry is best known to the masses for roles such as the sleazy Val Resnick in Payback, or more recently for his roles in popular TV shows like Scandal and The Killing; another notch on Henry's belt is that he's starred in both of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn's previous feature films, Slither and Super. There is a second actor who holds that honor: Walking Dead star Michael Rooker, who has already been cast in GotG as hunter alien, Yondu. Not to break ranks with his camp, Gunn apparently has a role for Henry in the film as well, which the actor revealed via his Twitter account (see above).
No details yet on who he might be playing, but if he isn't already in our Guardians of the Galaxy character guide, odds are it might just be a bit part. Then again; take a look at Henry onscreen and ask yourself: Does he have the voice for a good Rocket Raccoon? With growing evidence that Vin Diesel could be voicing Groot, the other major CGI character in the film, Henry's casting could conceivably be the final (and long-awaited) piece of the puzzle.
A militant space raccoon who sounds like Val Resnick? I'd be down for that...
Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters on August 1, 2014.