Marvel Update: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ & ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

By April 11, 2014

Even though Guardians of the Galaxy is a Marvel Studios production and X-Men: Apocalypse hails from 20th Century Fox, I figured I might as well combine today’s new info about both of them into a single article. Let’s start this off with a few new photos (including the one above) for Guardians:




Pretty sweet. I’m digging Star-Lord’s look, and I’ve seen some speculation that the orb Chris Pratt is holding in the last pic might turn out to be one of the Infinity Gems, but I’m guessing we’ll have to wait until August to find out if that’s true. And is Pratt holding a robotic leg in that first picture?

In addition to confirming that Guardians of the Galaxy connects with The Avengers 3, director James Gunn gave EW (via CBM) a little more info about the characters in his film:

[Star-Lord] was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smuggles called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky. Thanos slaughtered [Gamora’s] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bio engineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.

We all assumed this movie would connect with The Avengers 3, considering that Thanos has been set up as the ultimate bad guy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gunn refers to him as the “head of the snake” and says the character’s performance will be motion-captured in his film (interesting, since no actor has formally been revealed as playing Thanos yet).


Moving on to the X-Men franchise, we heard from director Bryan Singer back in January that X-Men: Apocalypse (that’s the sequel to Days of Future Past) will be about ancient mutant-cy and the history of mutants on Earth, and now the filmmaker is talking up that project to EW once more. He basically reiterates his statements from January, talking about how Days of Future Past and Apocalypse aren’t as specifically connected as you might think:

You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen…Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?

He also reveals that the film will be “somewhat” based on the Age of Apocalypse comic book run from the ’90s, but that it “won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that [Singer is] playing with.” Some of those elements may be the cast, and he says he’s bringing back James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult in Apocalypse, which will take place in the ’80s. We’ll also likely see Gambit and Nightcrawler make appearances, as well:

I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s.

Sounds good to us. Are you excited about these Marvel movies? What a cool time to love comic book movies, huh?

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  • Star Lord we can see still holds on to the Earth side of him. I mean the guy covets his walkman, so it’ll make sense that at one point he would want to come to the place he was born. I’m going to hold my thoughts on Apocalypse until after I see Days of Future Past. Apocalypse is such a huge villain and the scope of the event would be tremendous.