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Aug 18 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Every Guinea Pig Could Use Some Steampunk Swag

Is your guinea pig boring? Is being cute just not enough anymore? Transform your cavy into a mystical creature, capable of leaping between a fantasy Middle Ages and a fantasy Victorian London with but one flap of his mighty, clockwork wings. Skypirate Creations designed these wings because they hate boring pets!

Morning Roundup brings you links that even a fire-breathing guinea pig would love! Joss Whedon explains why he’s a Marvel, not a DC, girls play D&D cause it’s awesome, and Domhnall Gleeson says a few tiny sentences about Star Wars before he’s bundled into a burlap sack and tossed into the back of J.J. Abrams’ car.

[Plus, learn how you, too can become The Hulk!]

Aug 14 2014 1:37pm

If the Captain America 3 Screenwriter Had His Way, MODOK Would Be That Film’s Villain

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We know that we have our ridiculous fan theories about which comic book characters we’d like to see Marvel mine for future films, but it’s always fun to hear the folks with any deciding power talk about their dream crossovers and cameos. That’s why we were tickled when Captain America: Winter Soldier co-writer Christopher Markus revealed that he’s been gunning to put MODOK into a future Cap film. Because yes.

[MODOK commands it!]

Aug 13 2014 12:30pm

James Gunn: Star-Lord’s Father Won’t Be Who It Is in the Comics

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Minor spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy, in case you haven’t seen it yet BUT WHY.

Even though we don’t find out who Peter Quill’s father is—only that Star-Lord actually does have some alien blood in him—in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn recently revealed that he’s been thinking about this particular character since even before they shot the movie.

However, now that he’s settling in to write the sequel, he can tell us who Star-Lord’s dad definitely isn’t.

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Aug 13 2014 12:05pm

Yes, We Totally Want to See Terry Crews as Luke Cage

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This is one of those casting rumors we had never heard before, but now we want it to become reality as soon as possible. In a recent interview for The Expendables 3, Terry Crews was asked if there’s any truth to the rumors that he would play Luke Cage in Marvel’s forthcoming Netflix series. And even before Crews said that he would be “privileged” to play the role, our minds were blown because we can so envision this.

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Aug 13 2014 10:30am

Guardians of the Galaxy, We Need to Talk

Let me make a few things clear before we get into the grumpy bits. I enjoyed the hell out of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Not only I was part of that 44% female audience for opening weekend, but I also plan to see it again. It was the first MCU movie I’ve seen opening day or weekend, and only the second one I’ve seen in a theater (the first was Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The soundtrack has been on repeat on my iPod for nearly two weeks, and half my Tumblr is dedicated to Rocket and Groot being adorbs and Sister Assassins being awesome. I’d pay cold, hard cash for a dancing baby Groot toy, and Groot fanart is my desktop wallpaper. I would give just about anything to have a TV prequel of teenage Gamora and Nebula kicking ass. I will even cover the “Rocket Raccoon,” “Legendary Star-Lord,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” comics in an upcoming Pull List. TL;DR: I love the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Well, I love about 85% of it, and have serious reservations about a few key issues.

Spoilers abound...

[“I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.”]

Aug 11 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: Supernatural Fandom Gets Pushy

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Welcome to the YA Roundup, giving you the inside scoop on bookish news, book deals, new releases and cover reveals for the YA genre!

This week, Lauren DeStefano incurs the wrath of Supernatural fans, a teenager gets a letter from Dumbledore, Marvel dips into YA Literature, George R.R. Martin republishes his children’s novel, John Green relinquishes the top spot on the bestsellers list (GASP), and so much more!

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Aug 11 2014 2:30pm

Could Vin Diesel Be Starring in a Marvel Inhumans Movie?

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We know how much playing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy meant to Vin Diesel. But what we didn’t expect was that his involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe might go beyond the Guardians sequel. In fact, judging from a recent post on the actor’s Facebook, he may have just put a previously-unannounced Marvel Phase 3 film on our radar.

[It all started with a capital “I”...]

Aug 8 2014 1:04pm

Joss Whedon: Guardians of the Galaxy Doesn’t Actually Take Place in Our Galaxy

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We could listen to Joss Whedon talk about Marvel continuity all day. While next year brings us into Phase 3, and we look to Whedon for all things Avengers, he hints at how Age of Ultron will affect Cap’s emotional state at the end of Winter Soldier. And what’s that about Guardians of the Galaxy?

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Aug 7 2014 11:10am

Marvel Figuring Out How to Sell Us That Groot Toy (You Know the One)

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There’s only one piece of Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise that matters. (Okay, two if you count Star-Lord’s awesome retractable helmet/ear thingamajig.) But until hologram technology makes the kind of leaps we saw during the film’s excellent opening sequence, we’ll settle for the Groot toy that everyone immediately wanted after seeing the first post-credits sequence.


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Aug 7 2014 9:47am

No Black Widow Movie For Now, But How Long Can Marvel Hold Off?

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After Guardians of the Galaxy stole our hearts with a firefly-spouting tree and his emotionally wounded raccoon counterpart, it makes sense that movie audiences would want to see more work from co-writers James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, together or apart. And the idea of Perlman writing the screenplay for Marvel’s long-rumored Black Widow standalone movie sounds absolutely perfect.

But it’s just that—a rumor. Perlman herself debunked it.

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Aug 6 2014 3:36pm

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Gag Reel Needs More Winter Soldier

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Ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s DVD release, Marvel Entertainment is releasing the gag reel, split up into parts. This first installment has the cast flubbing their lines adorably, especially Cobie Smulders. It’s not as unforgettable as her Avengers gag reel “COULSONNN!” moment, but the reaction she gets out of Samuel L. Jackson is great.

[Watch it]

Aug 6 2014 1:30pm

Plot Details Starting to Come Out For Captain America 3

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We know very little about Captain America 3 aside from its release date (May 6, 2016), as Marvel Studios is focusing on Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man before returning to Cap. However, Captain America: Winter Soldier brother directing team Joe and Anthony Russo recently let slip a few details about what to expect of Steve Rogers’ and the Winter Soldier’s adventures in a post-S.H.I.E.L.D. world.

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Aug 5 2014 1:25pm

“You Have Allowed a Talking Raccoon to Make You a Little More Human”: James Gunn Thanks His Guardians of the Galaxy Fans

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We’ve long known that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a passion project for co-writer/director James Gunn, but I don’t think any of us reckon how much it means to him that the movie was so overwhelmingly well-received. Gunn took to Facebook to thank current and future fans of the movie with a heartfelt letter that also gives us a better sense of the project’s long slog from Gunn’s first pitch to Marvel to the gorgeous space backdrops, the unexpected humanity in aliens and animals, and the pure Groot joy that’s stolen our hearts.

[Click through to read the entire letter]

Aug 4 2014 2:00pm

Does Thor Qualify as a Disney Princess?

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The recent fuss about the new female Thor, combined with the fact that Disney owns Marvel Entertainment, has sparked jokes about whether this makes Thor a Disney Princess. Disney says the Marvel movieverse is separate from their Princess line, but it’s still a remarkably telling question if we take it seriously and actually look at what qualities make a Disney Princess, which Thor has, and what this shows about the Disney-patented princess obsession which has such an enormous impact on millions of kids (especially girls) and on our culture as a whole.

Before anyone protests that the new female Thor isn’t actually Odin’s son, but a different person carrying Mjollnir, we can look instead at Thor from Marvel’s Earth X, when the thunder god actually was transformed into a woman (Marvel has no shortages of any given character being turned into any given thing).

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Aug 4 2014 10:00am

Please Love This Thing You’ve Never Heard Of: The History of Sci-Fi Hype

Even at seventeen years-old, I thought it was weird how many people were doing the camp-out thing for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace while sitting in an inflatable Darth Maul chair they bought at Target. Sure, Maul looked cool in the movie trailer, but I didn’t know he was cool yet. (And to be fair, that particular cool jury is still out.) This weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy opened, and depending on what feelings you’re hooked on, it’s been stamped a certified genre classic. But it was also specifically and meticulously pruned to get us all excited, well before it opened. And in the history of sci-fi and fantasy movies, why do we so often believe the hype?

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Aug 4 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Stitch Will Make Sure No One in the Galaxy is Left Behind!

So you’ve all seen it right? So we can freak out about it? It was so good! Like really really good, and there was maybe some crying, and there was definitely some laughing, and we maybe want to be a Guardian of the Galaxy, too? And its all we’ve been able to think about this weekend, so when we found Dennis Culver’s SFF-GotG mashp art, we yelped a little and grabbed Stitch and mentally scratched his ears in a way that was somehow simultaneously awkward and endearing. Go look at the rest!

OK, there are other things to talk about, we know, so here they are: Morning Roundup is proud to bring you the finest links! Links to, um, more stuff about Marvel, mostly, but also a reconsideration of Warlock! And a look at African-American comics creators at SDCC! Plus a tutorial on spaceship building!

[Add ragey, machine-gun-wielding raccoons to your spaceship room at your discretion.]

Jul 31 2014 11:40am

Hey, Anyone Live in Atlanta and Want to Play Hank Pym in Ant-Man?

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Don’t worry, Ant-Man hasn’t lost another cast member. But if you’re a 5’ 10" (“not an inch shorter or an inch taller”) man between the ages of 30 and 60 living in Atlanta, you could be Michael Douglas’ stand-in.

Answer this casting call and you’ll get to be scientist Hank Pym, who enlists the help of con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to protect the secrets of his shrinking Ant-Man suit, but also to become the titular hero himself, by pulling off the world’s greatest heist.

Well, you’ll get to play Hank Pym before the cameras start rolling, at least.

Poster: Marvel Studios

Jul 29 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Sailor Deadpool Fights Crime in the Name of the Moon!

In case this wasn’t clear, we really love interesting cosplay mashups, and we really really love ones that involve Deadpool. So here, via Comics Alliance, is a Sailor with a Mouth!

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, bringing with it the usual flurry of news and fabulous cosplay, and leaving behind a sense of...emptiness? Ennui? A dark chasm that beckons with the promise of obliv—oh, New York Comic-Con is in October? Then we’ll give you news of Mad Max: Fury Road, libidinous lizards, and the greatest hacking of the 80s with a renewed sense of purpose!

[And we also have links to SDCC panels, in case you missed them.]

Jul 25 2014 6:10pm

What’s to Come From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and Marvel TV Next Year?

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The cast and crew of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the forthcoming Agent Carter took to the stage at San Diego Comic Con on Friday to reveal what’s next for my living captors Coulson’s plucky crew. Both shows are slated to fill the airwaves starting this fall, all the way up to the debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Will there be any crossover?

The initial Agent Carter panel included Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, Agent Carter show runners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, pilot script writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Marvel Studios co-president and Agent Carter pilot ep director Louis D’Esposito, and Agent Carter herself Hayley Atwell. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast and crew followed afterwards.

[Marvel TV at SDCC]