MARVEL Roundup: Big Bad THANOS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AGE OF ULTRON, And More
It’s time for another edition of Marvel Roundup. Marvel news is hitting fast and hard as we inch closer to the Thor: The Dark World US premiere, and we’ve got some new quotes from Kevin Feige regarding the goings on in the cinematic universe. And making a roundup debut is some toy descriptions. Some details for Guardians of the Galaxy playsets have hit, and they may offer a clue or two regarding the film’s plot. Well…they probably don’t reveal big plot points but it does let you start figuring out what toys you need to start saving up money to get.
We’ll start things out with some Captain America: The Winter Soldier tidbits. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige spoke with EW about the upcoming film’s themes. Cap will find himself questioning authority in this new world he’s found himself in:
The movie takes place in the modern day, with Cap struggling for his position in the world, and just when he thinks he might be finding his niche, we throw in something from his past to throw him for a loop.
Winter Soldier has been methodically, almost robotically, following orders for 70 years, and Captain America is struggling with what it means to serve a country, to serve a government, and whether the ideals he grew up with still apply.
Feige points to the time period when Stan Lee decided to thaw out Cap to show how those themes have always been a part of the comics. He says that “When Stan Lee thawed him out in the ‘60s he went right into this. He was there in the turbulent ‘60s and the Kennedy assassination and right into the Nixon Watergate scandal. He’s been confronting that stuff for a long time.“
In the same brief chat with EW, Feige remained very tight lipped when pressed for Avengers: Age of Ultron news. The only thing he would say is how Ultron hates all biological life on the planet. He sees something in the heroes he can’t have, and that makes him hate even more. That something is free will. Says Feige, “There is an element of free will that our heroes have, that all humans have, whether it’s Thor or Steve Rogers- and certainly Tony Stark is the poster boy for free will. That’s what Ultron resents.“
Going from earthbound heroes to something a little more galactic, Feige spoke with The Huffington Post about James Gunn’s highly anticipated film, Guardians of the Galaxy. When asked if James Spader doing both motion capture and voice work for Ultron meant Bradley Cooper would be doing something similar with Rocket Raccoon, Feige reveals Cooper will probably just lend his voice to the gun-totting raccoon:
No. I mean, well, it will be his vocal performance that informs everything on that one, yeah.
One of the other characters fans are waiting to see from Guardians is Thanos. Feige was asked how Thanos plays into the film’s story. The site asked Feige if the Mad Titan works like a video game’s final boss battle. He never heard it put that way, but he likes the idea:
That’s …. we never thought of it exactly like that, but I’d say that’s a fair analogy, yes. It’s also, you look at some classic story lines in the comics and they tease out characters like that — big bads like that — for sometimes years. I think Walter Simonson was teasing Surter for years before he popped up. It’s fun to have the luxury to build somebody up like that.
The Marvel Studios mastermind also touched on the film’s funny and wacky tone, which we saw teased slightly in that leaked Comic-Con footage:
I think it will start out weird and end up, hopefully, very engaging and surprisingly emotional and immersive. But, yes, it is intentional to set it up with Benicio Del Toro, who is incredibly interesting in anything — much less playing The Collector in “Guardians.”
I mean, I wouldn’t say we’re intentionally trying to be “wacky,” but we had an amazing group of characters and interesting storyline with a great “in” with a human — a relatable character — with Peter Quill. And we weren’t going to let the fact that there [were] some unusual elements hold us back. And, instead, as we’ve always done, we want to forge those and embrace them.
And we’ll end this Roundup with some Guardians of the Galaxy toy news. Collider got their hands on some toy details that may or may not offer some mild to medium spoilers for the film. There are several playsets with interesting combinations and a few surprising characters, but I don’t really see some of those making it into the film. Regardless, if you want to skip it that’s why we put it at the end. Here’s the full toy line-up. I’ll present them without comment since a lot of it is self-explanatory.
- GGM 12 IN TITAN HERO FIGURE AST A8471
- GGM 12 INCH ELECTRONIC STAR LORD A8685
- GGM DRAX A7907
- GGM DRAX VS KORATH A7897
- GGM DRAX VS THANOS A7897
- GGM FIGURE 2PK AST A7895
- GGM GAMORA A7905
- GGM GROOT A7915
- GGM GROOT AND ROCKET VS BADOON WARRIOR A7898
- GGM HERO SHIP PLAYSET A7911
- GGM IRON MAN A7909
- GGM MARVEL PLATINUM SERIES 6IN LEGENDS A7903
- GGM NOVA A7908
- GGM NOVA SHIP A7893
- GGM PURSUIT SPACECRAFT AST A7892
- GGM RAPID FIRE ROCKET A7902
- GGM RAPID REVEALERS FIGURE AST A7912
- GGM ROCKET A7906
- GGM ROCKET AND GROOT VS NOVA SOLDIER A7900
- GGM ROCKET RACCOON A7914
- GGM ROCKET RACCOON A8474
- GGM ROCKET RACCOON FEATURE MOTION MASK A8472
- GGM ROCKET RACCOON RIFLE BLASTER A8475
- GGM ROCKET RACOON A7914
- GGM ROCKETS PIRATE SHIP A7894
- GGM ROLE PLAY SET A7901
- GGM STAR LORD A7904
- GGM STAR LORD A7913
- GGM STAR LORD A8473
- GGM STAR LORD BLASTER A7910
- GGM STAR LORD VS GAMORA A7899
- GGM STAR LORD VS RONAN A7896
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- Huffington Post