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Trailer watch: Guardians of the Galaxy

The first interstellar trailer for Marvel’s anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is now online. Star Chris Pratt was a guest and brought along the trailer; the first extended footage from the film. Set to hit cinemas August 1st, Guardians of the Galaxy will be the first big Marvel venture into their universe’s lesser known characters, and is the final part of Marvel’s Phase 1 films before the next Avengers movie.

Anyone who stayed for the end credits scene in Thor: The Dark World would have gotten a taste of Benicio Del Toro’s character The Collector from the film, but now we get our first real look at wacky characters like Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

The film’s official synopsis reads as follows:

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill / Star-Lord finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Check out the trailer below:

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Film Review: Thor: The Dark World

With the success of The Avengers firmly cementing the global resonance of the Avengers brand, the general audience has gotten in a sense, the size and enormity of this Marvel world. With The Avengers, we see that each and every one of these superheroes, their lives, their troubles, their individuality, and the characters that populate their sphere, are indeed interconnected. These events then, all in one world, has created an interesting dichotomy for Marvel and their individual movies.

Iron Man 3 felt entirely underwhelming, not because Tony Stark’s latest adventure was boring or dull, but because he felt alone and isolated from his newfound superhero friends. It was difficult to parse the events happening in his story without thinking, “why aren’t Hulk and Captain America there to help him?”

Yes, it is a suspension of belief, but it was enough that it crept into the idea that after The Avengers, we now have to go back to singular protagonist films.

So comes Thor: The Dark World, whose characters and actions undertaken in the previous outing became the backdrop and on-going conflict in The Avengers. The sequel to Thor comes a few years after the events of New York and sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) defending the Nine Realms from a host of evils permeating different worlds. In the backdrop we have the Dark Elf Malakith (played with menace by Christopher Eccleston) who has long plotted to return the realms to complete darkness. He ultimately becomes a serious threat and we are given an intergalactic conflict we haven’t seen in… well, two movies.

Caught up in between are Thor’s earthly friends Jane (Natalie Portman), Professor Selvig (Stellen Skarsgard), and Darcy (Kat Dennings) who become part of Earth’s defence in a new battle against Malakith.

What new director Alan Taylor brings is a more easy-going attitude to the film. The sense of humor that was hinted at in the first is let loose with clever one-liners and likeable and enjoyable characters. He does well to present Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as the “is he or isn’t he a bad guy?” through the film and much of what happens unfolds at a good pace. The Dark World wins out because the film travels between Asgard and Earth in unobtrusive fashion, giving the audience a thrilling sense of the enormity in which these universes are connected.

Unlike Shane Black with Iron Man 3, Taylor is given a much bigger canvas to paint on thanks to these realms, and we’re taken away form the darker, more foreboding instances to moments of cinematic grace and beauty. Asgard gets a deeper look at than in the first film and we’re met with some scenes that give the audience a genuine sense of awe.

Yet as London comes under attack by a menace that seems far greater than the Chitauri, a small part of our mind asks where Tony Stark or the Hulk or Captain America are and why they’re not here to help. Nonetheless, while it does come to mind, it does not take away from the enjoyability and reflection of The Dark World. We’re meant to separate these lone films from what we have become accustomed to in The Avengers, and it’ll just take time, and/or a really good film to do it.

These standalone films must now once again become appetisers to the next Joss Whedon feast of spoils in Age of Ultron and judging Thor: The Dark World on these merits, we’re actually given a good return. The post-credits scene is a good reminder that Marvel is planning another significant venture outside of the next Avengers film and serves as a nice introduction to this next step (stay for it). If you’ve soured a little from the depreciating value of Iron Man, prepare to buy right back in as The Dark World is easily one of the best entries into the Marvel canon pre- and post- Avengers.

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Thor: The Dark World opens in US cinemas November 8th and is currently playing in Australian cinemas.

 

THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellen Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins
Produced by: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures
Website: marvel.com/thor#/home

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuts first trailer

The anticipated sequel to Marvel’s Captain America; Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has just unveiled its first trailer.

Filled with the action packed, high-explosive action we got in The Avengers, The Winter Soldier takes places two years after the events in New York and features Cap taking on a new villain in The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans stars once again as Steve Rogers while Avengers co-stars Scarlett Johansson (as Black Widow) and Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury) return.

Joining the cast are Anthony Mackie (as The Falcon) and Emily VanCamp (as Sharon Carter) while Colbie Smulders and Sebastian Stan return to reprise their roles. The latter’s character of course, perished in the first movie, but makes his ominous return.

The film looks like a blast, meshing in qualities that TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is sorely lacking- characters we care about, some bigger than life action and that giant hovercraft thing getting blown out of the sky (again).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th, 2014.

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The second trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World has been released. The new trailer features more exposition into the sequel’s story; the reluctant teaming up of brothers as Thor and Loki fight a new evil. The film is the second instalment of Marvel’s ‘Phase 2’ following on the events of The Avengers.

Starring Chris Hemsworth (check out this photo our writer found of Thor in a mall in Indonesia), Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, Thor: The Dark World is set to premiere November 8th.

 

The first trailer for the upcoming Thor sequel The Dark World has now hit the web. Following on the events of The Avengers, the mighty locks of Thor battles an evil older than the universe, in hopes of saving the Nine Realms.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth in the title role alongside Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellen Skarsgard and Idris Elba.  The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor (taking over from Kenneth Branagh) and is set for release this November.

 

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Trailer watch: X-Men First Class

The first trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class has made its debut online. Set in the 1960s, the film details the early life of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensher before they became their more famous namesakes, Professor X and Magneto and sets itself as a prequel to the recent X-Men film series.

First Class stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the two main characters and features January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt and Ray Wise in supporting roles.

Many of the recognized mutants from the Bryan Singer-directed films make an appearance in their younger guises, including Mystique and Beast.

X-Men: First Class opens everywhere June 3rd.

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