VideoGame News: First Screens from Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, along with Marvel Entertainment, today shared the world-first screenshots and cast details for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, set to premiere digitally this Spring on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

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This week at PAX East in Boston, MA on March 10th at 6pm in the Albatross Theater, join the team from Telltale Games as well as Marvel Games Creative Director, Bill Rosemann, to hear more about the series as they discuss the creative process behind this stellar new adventure. The panel will also be streamed live on Twitch. For more information on the panel and PAX East, please visit http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/telltale-games-interactive-storytelling-in-2017

One week later on March 17th at SXSW in Austin, TX, be the first audience in the world to Crowd Play an early version of the first episode at a one-of-a-kind premiere event at the Paramount Theater, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Audience members will be able to control the story from their seats using their mobile devices to help decide what happens on the big screen! The event will be open to all badge holders of SXSW or SXSW Gaming on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information on SXSW Gaming and how to obtain badges, please visit https://www.sxsw.com/exhibitions/gaming-expo/

The series will feature a star-studded cast of voice talent, including Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot.

Premiering this Spring, the series will also be coming to retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. Specific platform details are yet to be announced.

For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official websiteFacebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter @TelltaleGames.

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MARVEL News: First Look at Avengers Infinity Wars in Behind the Scenes Trailer

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MARVEL has released a first look trailer for the two part Avengers: Infinity War films with a behind the scenes look as cast and crew talk about what is in store for fans. We already know that the Avengers will team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy but finally a surprise moment sees the new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, on screen next to Robert Downey Jnr and Chris Pratt confirming that Spider-Man will feature in Infinity War!

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Chris Pratt on Indiana Jones Reboot Rumours – “It’s all nothing until it’s something and so far it’s not something”

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Riding on the success of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and soon to release ‘Jurassic World’, rumours have been running wild on the possibility that Chris Pratt is in the picture to play the iconic role of Indiana Jones if the reboot is true. But during Oscar night (22/2/15) MTV news caught up with the Hollywood star and asked him about the rumours.

Chris Pratt told them:

“It’s all nothing until it’s something and so far it’s not something….I don’t think it’s overwhelming to contemplate….It’d be cool. No one’s called me. There’s a lot of talk about it. The pressure would come just because it’s such a great franchise you wouldn’t want to get it wrong, so for me it would have to be perfect to do it. We’ll see, like I said it’s nothing until it’s something.

Now this could just be a case of Pratt playing cards close to his chest as there has been no official announcement about any reboot or if it is to be recast with Harrison Ford being replaced as the titular Indiana Jones, but it would be a no brainer for Pratt to be cast and with his recent success, Pratt could easily step up to the mark.

MARVEL News: Sequels for Thor, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy plus New Films Announced

 

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Marvel have just finished a very special event where they have laid out their film schedule for the next five years. Mixed in with some heavy hitting sequels for Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Avengers 3 which will be a two parter, MARVEL also threw in new films for Inhumans, Black Panther, Doctor Strange (although still no confirmation on reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is to play role) and Captain Marvel.

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Leading all the way into 2019, the films will have the current schedule of release dates:

May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War

November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange

May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok

November 3, 2017: Black Panther

May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1

July 6, 2018: Captain Marvel

November 2, 2018: The Inhumans

May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2

These are big hitting films, especially for the Civil War story arc clearly starting in Captain America: Civil War and possibly a hint with the Avengers : Infinity War that it could lead to the rumoured cross over with the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ with the ‘Infinity Stones’ which has featured in both the Avengers universe so far and Guardians film.

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I am so excited for where MARVEL are going with such an impressive and just jaw dropping list of films, not to mention the expansion of the franchise with its Phase 3 plans for introducing new characters like Black Panther which brings Wakanda into it, no doubt being hinted at in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ with the use of a Vibranium Ultron, the metal that Captain America’s shield is made of. Captain Marvel is a strong choice for a female hero led film. With the reports of MARVEL looking to reacquire or at least do deals to bring home Spiderman from Sony and possibly the XMen from Fox, the next five years are going to be huge for MARVEL Fans.

Over to you DC Entertainment……your move!

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Guardians of the Galaxy: A Spoiler Free Review 31/7/14

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Just got back from watching a very early screening at my local Cineworld, of Marvel’s newest “big thing” , a film that has already been confirmed to have a sequel in 2017, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Directed and written by James Gunn, the hype around this film has just been huge with preview showings getting the highest reaction and review scores of 2014 so far. For me this is very much the ‘Watchmen’ tone for Marvel films as it is not as main stream as say the Avengers characters and this will both service their introduction to the audience as well as the Marvel Universe as laid out on the big screen. I had high hopes for the film, did it deliver?

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I wont go into the story as I do not want to spoil anything that happens in the film so will just give my impressions overall outside of that. There are a number of elements to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ that for me make it the most balanced, well written, directed and performance by the cast of any Marvel film to date. That is a big statement to make but Guardians deserves it. James Gunn has really delivered something new and fresh to the Marvel universe on the big screen and its the little touches as well as the big action moments that make it all possible.

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Going to start with the cast. Guardians has a very mixed bag when it comes to its characters. Taken it away from the Earth focused foundation of the Avengers, and yes that includes Asgard and Thor and Loki, Guardians takes Marvel right up into space but uses the character of Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill, the only human in the story as the centre for the story. Played by Chris Pratt, this role was literally written for this actor. Those who watch the TV show ‘Parks and Recreation’ will be familiar with his style of comedy and it just blends with the character of Peter Quill just superbly. It has to be said, he has had the full on superhero work out plan to get him looking just great for this part, but it is how he delivers the dialogue that both helps drive the humour in the film but also the glue that helps put the group of characters together without him ever really overpowering them on-screen.

Many will recognise Zoey Saldana from playing the role of Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek films. Cast as the dangerous and green character Gamora. Saldana is no stranger to playing iconic and strong female characters on the big screen and as Gamora she has succeeded once again. Gamora has her own agenda when she is first introduced to the story but her interaction with Quill and the other characters really enthuse the ensemble group in every scene as you try to understand why she is doing what she is doing. Gramora has a ‘sister’ in nebula, played by the beautifully bald and blue Karen Gillan, fresh from her role as Amelia Pond in Doctor Who. It is fair to say this is perhaps her biggest role since leaving the BBC show and her first time as an outright villain but oh does Karen deliver on being evil. Both Gamora and Nebula are trained and raised by the big bad guy behind the scenes, Thanos to be deadly assassin’s and their strained relationship leads to one of the big fights during the film. Both are just superb in bringing their characters to life.

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The rest of the characters that will form the group, Groot voiced by Vin Diesel, Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper and Drax the Destroyer played by WWE wrestling star Dave Bautista. Groot is just such a wonderful character. He can only communicate by saying “I am Groot” and only Rocket is able to understand what he means when he speaks. Their relationship is so loveable despite Rocket being a willing violent on occasion bounty hunter with Groot as his muscle, but by the time the film ends you will leave the cinema and immediately want to hug a tree. The animation for Groot is so key and the CGI is just so well used with him that the lack of real dialogue is not a handicap as the emotion in his face says all that needs to be said. For Rocket the opposite is true. Bradley Cooper’s voice acting really gives Rocket his presence on-screen, as well as his ability to use and build big guns. Rocket alongside Peter Quill, brings much of the humour in the film and its a partnership that works so well despite knowing that Cooper gave his performance without having worked alongside any of the other actors.

As for Drax, well he is a big muscle-bound warrior, perfect for Bautista to play. Drax can only speak in literal terms, so he will literally say exactly what he thinks which Bautista can deliver the lines with great impact. Another character with a tragic back story which brings him to the group, and the interactions in the big action moments as well as in the comedy all adds to the formula of just why the film works on so many levels.

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The music really is something that has to be given special mention to. Part of Peter Quill’s character is how he uses his “Awesome Mixed Tape Vol 1” in an old school Walkman player to keep a connection to both his own back story and earth but the way in which James Gunn uses it to keep the flow of the story going by using it as the constant in the background no matter how “alien” the characters or locations get. It serves in the humour and also in connecting the characters as Quill often has to explain what it is as well as playing it in his ship. The songs are all 70s hits that his mother wanted to share with him, and being so far away from home in Earth and his family, it is a lovely way to give a soundtrack to the story and the film. Loved it so much that I picked it up after leaving the cinema and am enjoying it once more as I type.

The special effects and the big action sequences really pack a big punch for this first time on-screen group of mismatched almost unwilling heroes. I watched it in standard 2D as I am not a fan of 3D but the big moments would look amazing in 3D but you can tell, even in just 2D, that this really was a film made to be seen in IMAX and I will watch it again this way. The CGI for Groot and Rocket are spot on considering what the other actors would have had to imagine whilst giving their performances. As much as this film serves as a stand alone story which introduces these characters it also connects it with the Avengers universe in how the main big bad Thanos is used. Folks may remember that the after credits scene for ‘Avengers Assemble’ revealed him as the figure in the shadows who had assisted Loki in his invasion of Earth. Well he was due to be the main villain for the sequel but plans were changed to have him for Guardians once Ultron was chosen to be the villain in the Avengers Sequel, ‘Age of Ultron’ due out next summer. As well as Thanos, the character seen in the after credits scene of ‘Thor: The Dark World”, The Collector plays a role in Guardians. Played by Benicio del Toro once again, it is the bridge needed to connect this film to the world of Avengers which just doubles the size of an already big Marvel Universe. None of this feels forced in what is already for me, the most balanced and well executed Marvel film so far.

Guardians of the Galaxy is for me the most enjoyable of any of the Marvel films so far. The comedy is well used and feels natural unlike its overuse in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ which spoiled that for me. Each character gets their moment to shine and unlike the Avengers where each character had a stand alone film for the audience to learn all about them before they were put together in the Avengers, James Gunn does a sublime job to do the same in just one film. Each performance enables the audience to not just learn who these characters are but you do connect with each one by the time the film ends, especially with Groot which was a surprise for me. I just loved this film a great deal. It will appeal to both those fans who know the original Guardians comic books or newcomers both adult and kids. I would say that the humor and tone of the film is more for a grown up audience though, but a younger one will just fall for the action as well as Rocket and Groot, with Rocket not exactly being the all Disney talking animal cute they might expect.

For me, Guardians is the film of the summer, the most fun and best delivered Marvel film yet and it was a joy to watch it from beginning to end. Make sure you stay for the post credit scene, it is definitely worth it and also a tip, when the film looks as though its ended before the credits role, don’t move from your seat and make sure no one around you does either ! Already looking forward to its follow-up in 2017, how they may crossover into the Avenger universe and later this year on Bluray at home!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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MARVEL News: Guardians of the Galaxy New Trailer and New Pictures

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A new extended trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has been released today, focusing more on the villains of the story than the humour we have seen previously:

Following on from their coverage of ‘Xmen: Days of Future Past’, Empire online has posted new pictures from the next big MARVEL hit, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Stills from the film have been released including a couple of behind the scenes shots:

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MARVEL News: Fillion “is in” Guardians Plus First Look at Villain

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Couple of updates on MARVEL’s next big series launch with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. First, last week it had been reported by a few sites that Nathan Fillion was to be shown in the post credits scene as ‘Nova’. James Gunn however took to his twitter account to deny these reports with the following Tweet:

Well yesterday, replying to a follower who asked if Fillion had any role in the film, James replied saying that he had a small cameo role in the film, but has not confirmed the reports of any post credit scene teasing or starring Nova:

Second update is that despite being know that ‘Ronan the Accuser’ was the main villain in Guardians, the character has only been teased in the shadows so far for the film in trailers. Today a new marketing photograph has been released giving a full detailed look at the character:

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