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‘AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR’ CAST CALL REVEALED - INCLUDES CAPTAIN MARVEL!

The initial cast call for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Benedict Wong as Wong, Dave Bautista as Drax, Paul Bettany as Vision, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man!

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Posted by James Gunn on Facebook:

Whoa! So we just got off stage at the San Diego Comicon showing not one, but THREE Guardians clips: 1) A piece from the film featuring Yondu, Rocket, baby Groot, and the Ravagers, 2) A behind-the-scenes featurette of me and the cast working on the forthcoming Guardians attraction at Disneyland, and 3) A special glimpse at a montage of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

I thought I’d share with you guys what we shared with everyone there.

If you don’t want minor spoilers from the film, don’t continue to read. I won’t hold it against you, I swear.

Here are the headlines –

THE RAVAGERS ARE A BIG PART OF VOL. 2

Most were on hand for the SDCC presentation, disrupting the proceedings as Ravagers are prone to do. We learn that they’ve had a somewhat contentious, even mutinous, relationship with Yondu since Vol. 1, due to the fact that Yondu let Peter Quill go without reprisal after not giving them the orb.

The leader in all of these shenanigans is the incredibly-powerful yet incredibly ridiculously-named TASERFACE, played by Chris Sullivan (it’s worth noting that four years ago when I was hired for the first Guardians film, I joked that I was going to make Taserface my villain. I suppose it’s no longer a joke).

Joining Chris in full Ravager regalia, was, of course, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, as well as these new Ravagers, all featured in the film:

Wretch, played by Evan Jones
Half-Nut, played by Jimmy Urine
Brahl, played by Stephen Blackehart
Gef the Ravager, played by Steve Agee
Oblo, played by Joe Fria
Narblik, play by Terence Rosemore

MICHAEL ROOKER SHOWED UP IN FULL YONDU MODE

With a big-ass fin on his head. ‘Nuff said.

NEBULA IS A MAJOR PART OF THE FILM

As Karen Gillan knows – because I told her during my first meeting with her – GotG Vol. 1 was just a glimpse at a character I had major plans for in the future of the Guardians-verse. I did not lie.

ELIZABETH DEBICKI PLAYS AYESHA

Ayesha is the golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign. She’s not a woman to be screwed with – she, and her entire world, are extraordinarily deadly.

WE CAUGHT A FIRST LOOK AT MANTIS

Our look for Mantis is similar to her original look in the comics – she’s the same color as Pom Klementieff, the actress who plays her (i.e not green), and she has antennae. We saw just a tiny little glimpse of her in the Comic-Con footage. More will be coming. She’s been one of my favorite parts of making this film.

YES, SYLVESTER STALLONE IS IN THE FILM

This was an amazing experience for me, considering I ran around in my backyard as a kid pretending I was Johnny Rambo. Working with Sly was one of the high points of shooting Vol. 2 for me.

Who does he play? Well, I can’t reveal that quite yet… but we do see him interacting with Yondu in the teaser.

TWO SONGS PLAYED IN THE FOOTAGE

“Come a Little Bit Closer,” by Jay and the Americans, played during the clip where Yondu faces off against some of the Ravagers.

“The Chain,” by Fleetwood Mac was the song used in the montage.

Am I saying these songs are part of Awesome Mix Vol. 2? Not necessarily. But they are great tunes…

A NEW DISNEYLAND GOTG ATTRACTION IS COMING

I’m a huge Disneyland fan and the Tower of Terror is my second favorite attraction there (Space Mountain is number one). So when the folks approached me, asking me to be involved with a new Guardians attraction, I was apprehensive.

But then the Walt Disney Imagineering folks showed me what they had in mind and MY MIND WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN. It was awesome (see the attached concept art for a very small taste). Exhilarating and novel and interactive. I can’t be more pleased to have partnered up with Walt Disney Imagineering in this production, helping to direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor Guardians movies do.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and I, along with a few other members of the Guardians cast, put our full effort into making it as great as we knew it could be. We shot most of it while we were in Atlanta shooting Vol. 2, and I can’t wait for you guys to see it and experience it firsthand the next time you visit the park.

WE DISCLOSED THE IDENTITY OF PETER QUILL’S FATHER

This is the biggie, I guess. And, yes, as many people guessed, or assumed, Kurt Russell is playing Peter Quill’s father. And Peter Quill’s father is (as almost no one has guessed)…

EGO.

Known in the comics as Ego the Living Planet.

Yeah, his dad is a planet. Sort of. It will all be explained in the film..

But to me, this is the absolute center of Vol. 2, and one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about it. When Marvel first approached me with the first movie, I thought, “Wait a second? A talking raccoon? Isn’t that a rather ridiculous idea to base a movie around?”

It was then that I took a step back and asked myself: Okay, if a raccoon could talk, and shoot a machine gun, how could that be? And answering that question ended up being the entire foundation of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. There was a sadness in the answer. Rocket was an animal experimented upon, torn apart and put back together, without compassion. He was the only being of his type, had never known any hint of kindness, and was utterly and completely alone until he met his fellow Guardians. And, one of them in particular – Groot – thought it was worth sacrificing his life for his sake. This melancholy and beautiful undercurrent helped to ground the character for me. He had far more in common with Frankenstein’s monster than he did Bugs Bunny. And I related to him, greatly, and I hoped other folks who felt like outsiders would as well.

Ego seemed, in many ways, like an even more ridiculous character. But I asked myself, if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child?

The answers to those questions took me to a far deeper place that I expected. I don’t want to give away too many answers at this time. But what Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true – he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.

I can’t wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered.

I also can’t wait for all of you to see this movie. I really, really love it. Never has anything I’ve done flowed as smoothly as this project, and been so true and consistent from the first day I started writing it until today, as we edit it and create our visual effects.

And, worry not. Although you’ve learned a lot today, we have countless more surprises for you as we get closer to our release date. And even more of them in the movie itself.

Stay tuned to this page for more updates as we approach May 5, 2017 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Thanks!

James

Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked.

My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.

The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life. I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning.

We’ll have more surprises for you in the coming months. But, for now, this will have to do.

I have to get back to set!

Have a great day, everybody - James Gunn

5 of the unlikeliest actors cast in Marvel movies

by Nicholas Yong

The latest actor to be linked to a Marvel Studios movie: character actress Tilda Swinton, who’s reportedly in talks to star in Doctor Strange, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

But Swinton isn’t the first left-field casting choice for a Marvel movie. Here are five unlikely actors who have gone on to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

1. Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

It’s easy to forget now, but back in 2008, RDJ was far from Hollywood royalty. A brilliant but troubled actor with a history of substance abuse, few would take a chance on him. 

But director Jon Favreau went to bat for RDJ, insisting he was perfect for the role of billionaire playboy Tony Stark. And he was right. 

Seven years later, RDJ remains clean, the Internet’s darling and a key part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

2. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord

Remember Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation? Yeah, the dim-witted but lovable slob? Well, someone thought he would be PERFECT to play an action hero. 

That someone was Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, who cast Chris Pratt as part of the film on the Special Forces team that assassinated Osama Bin Laden. So Pratt dropped the weight, piled on the muscle and changed his acting roles forever. 

And after that, Pratt went on to play Star-Lord, the most charismatic, charming and funny leading man in space since Han Solo. 

3. Edward Norton as The Hulk

Circa 2007: Marvel announces that Oscar-winner Edward Norton will both write and star in The Incredible Hulk, a reboot of the green giant’s movie franchise. Cue the Internet’s collective reaction: “WAIT WHAT SERIOUSLY????”

In the end, the man considered one of the greatest actors of his generation only played the role once. But Norton did a more than decent job - more’s the pity that creative conflicts led to Marvel re-casting the role. 

4. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

The movie’s not out yet, but judging by the trailers, Paul Rudd already looks the part. As ex-convict, thief and reluctant hero Scott Lang, Rudd looks made for the role, fumbling his way to heroism

But few would have imagined Rudd, a regular in Judd Apatow comedies, as a superhero. But hey, if Seth Rogen can play the Green Hornet, Paul Rudd can be Ant-Man. 

5. Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon

So we need someone to voice a foul-mouthed, genetically-enhanced talking raccoon who likes BIG FLARKING GUNS. Let’s see, should we cast a comedian like say, Adam Sandler? Maybe Patton Oswalt?

I know, let’s go with Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper! The result: brilliance. Who would have thought a tiny talking raccoon could be this much fun?