marvel bannerIt seems the last day of 2013 is a good day for Marvel news. The first official image and synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy has been released, and fans seem to be really pleased. That’s a rare thing to do on the interwebz, so a big round of applause to Marvel/Disney and James Gunn. There’s still a few hours left in the year so the new trains keeps chugging along. Some new quotes and plot details for the aforementioned Guardians film and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have surfaced today thanks to the latest issue of Empire Magazine. We’ve rounded up a few of the interesting bits and pieces about two of Marvel’s highly anticipated films.

We’ll start things off with Guardians since we’re all still admiring that beautiful group line-up shot. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a break from this article and check it out by clicking right here. Chris “Star-Lord” Pratt and James Gunn spoke with Empire (via JamesGunnNews.Com) about Marvel’s first space opera. Chris Pratt says the film is a risk, though he’s betting it’s one that will pay off:

Maybe it’s a risk, I dunno. I think every movie Marvel’s made has been a risk and they’re risks that pay off really big. So I hope for the movie’s sake, and my sake, that this one pays off. The story’s really good and Marvel really know what they’re doing.
It’s not as broad as Galaxy Quest but it’s not a straightforward space fantasy like Star Wars. I think it’s sort of the best of both of those films put together. And More.

James Gunn expanded on Pratt’s comments a little when he talked about the band of misfits assembled to fight off Ronan and Thanos. Gunn says “Our characters are basically all villains to begin with. They don’t believe they’re individually good, and through the course of the movie they discover they’re heroes. If The Avengers are The Beatles, these guys are The Rolling Stones.

cap 1On the other side of the Marvel coin, Crazy-Obessive-Fanboy.tumblr had a few quotes from Empire’s Captain America section. Scriptwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus talked about Steve Roger’s arc, or rather lack thereof, in the sequel:

McFeely: That was our initial problem with this movie. How do we make sense of him in the modern world? I mean, he’s really Gary Cooper. The solution is kind of that the world changes in response to him. He is usually correct. In this one, we’re dealing with the Cap after Marvel thawed him out in the ’60s, the one whose values don’t necessarily match ours.
Markus: What helps us get past the pious Boy Scout that he could turn into is that he doesn’t really want to be this guy. He would prefer to be Steve Rogers just walking down the street, helping people sometimes…He felt the call when the War came. He’s kind of the still center and things happen around him and are influenced by him. It’s interesting in this movie, for instance, to watch his relationship with Black Widow, who of course has a very different outlook. It can make it difficult with executives who often want arcs. And it’s very difficult not to sound lazy when you go, ‘Well, he doesn’t really have an arc…’

Everyone reiterates that this is a 1970s political thriller type of film. S.H.I.E.L.D. will be causing some problems this time around, clashing with Cap’s worldview with their spying techniques and use of drones and the like. While everyone has been working on this movie for years, it seems like it’s ripped from today’s headlines. This may be the most socially charged Marvel film and it wasn’t even designed that way. What do you think about the latest info and round of quotes for Marvel’s two big upcoming flicks?


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