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COMIC REEL: James Gunn on “Guardians” Role in the MCU; “The Flash” Not Yet Renewed

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COMIC REEL: James Gunn on “Guardians” Role in the MCU; “The Flash” Not Yet Renewed

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

Taking to his Facebook page, director James Gunn clarified earlier statements on the Guardians’ place in Marvel Cinematic Universe. As reported by various sites, the director either said the team would be completely separate from the rest of the Marvel movies or actually appear in a subsequent Avengers film, but in setting the record straight, Gunn wrote, “When I’m asked about the Guardians and their future, and whether they’ll meet up with the Avengers I really don’t have all that much to say, because some of it isn’t decided yet, and I don’t want to give away what is decided. So I speak in these general terms. They aren’t things that I’m just saying on the spot, and they aren’t things that have been decided on by me alone. But they are sometimes incredibly general, and that can lead to those words being taken in a lot of different ways.” He also pointed out that since he doesn’t know how long he’ll be involved with the series past the sequel, it’s really difficult for him to even speculate on where they might go in a third or fourth film, let alone branching out into some other character’s series. One thing he could admit was the place both he and Marvel’s Kevin Feige see team occupying, writing, “We all agreed on one thing, and that was to keep huge chunks of the Guardians separate from the Marvel heroes of earth, because they have a whole galaxy to explore. We wanted to use them as a way to make the MCU bigger, not smaller. We wanted to make sure they have their own mythos, as opposed to only one that is intertwined with the earthbound characters.”

Release date: May 5th, 2017

THE FLASH

Despite reporting an early renewal for a second season, SpoilerTV now reports the show has not yet received a renewal. The initial post on Tuesday claimed both the show and Jane the Virgin were given the go-ahead for another year, but they added a retraction, writing, “We’ve just been contacted by our CW press representative and been told that both shows have not been officially renewed yet.” Considering the success of The Flash so far, I expect the renewal is forthcoming, but will likely be announced closer to May.

Returns: January 20th, 2015

ANT MAN

According to Comic Book Movie, a nearly two-minute trailer for the film has been approved by the Alberta Film Classification Board. They go on to speculate when the trailer may appear, suggesting it may play during the premiere of Agent Carter. What that has to do with a Canadian classification board is unclear. At the very least, the trailer will likely be released in the next month.

Release date: July 17th, 2015

ARROW

Readers of SpoilerTV also spotted this New Zealand TV promo which features at least a few glimpses at upcoming scenes, including Malcolm Merlyn pronouncing the fate of Oliver Queen:

Returns: January 21st, 2015

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Comic Book Movie also quotes an interview with Mark Ruffalo from the recent issue of Total Film in which the actor describes Bruce Banner’s situation at the start of the film. “Banner’s been living in Stark Tower,” he explains. “They’ve been working side by side and Bruce has his own lab now. He’s doing work that augments Tony’s own, which could lead to an experiment going wrong…” Interesting. The actor goes on to say that Banner is finding it harder to come back after Hulking out and that “the battle of identity going on between him and Banner is all about establishing dominance. The only thing that Hulk is really afraid of is Banner.” I’ll be honest, I read something like that and wonder if we’ll see Ruffalo as a smart Hulk before too long.

Returns: May 1st, 2015

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