When Legendary Pictures, the company behind giant monster movies like Godzilla and Pacific Rim, moved King Kong over to Warner Bros in order to have him fight Godzilla eventually, I've been looking forward to the first look at Kong: Skull Island.
While the first poster for the film looks intense, the SDCC trailer itself seems a bit off. The new Kong looks fine, and the cast is stacked with talented people (Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, etc.), the focus on human drama has the potential to bring down the entire experience. It's certainly an interesting idea, but Peter Jackson's King Kong already succeeded with the personal drama route. Let's hope we haven't seen the really good stuff yet.
Kong: Skull Island opens March 10, 2017
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Instagram is blowing up with pictures from Marvel, Marvel employees, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees. One such gem: gladiator armor that the Hulk will wear in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok (November 3).
While plot details of Thor: Ragnarok are still not entirely known, the gladiator armor suggests we may be getting a Planet Hulk storyline. Now, whether or not this will unfold in the Thor sequel, or this will merely set it up for a standalone Hulk feature (as Flixist previously suggested), we don't yet know.
Planet Hulk, a 15-comic stand alone story arc created by Greg Pak in 2006, revolves around the Hulk being sent to an uninhabited planet by a superhero Illuminati, only things go awry and the hulk ends up doing his best Russell Crow impression on an inhabited, violent planet instead.
Check out this sickness that Instagram user @agentm posted:
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Big things happening today for the DC Cinematic Universe. In addition to the Wonder Woman trailer at San Diego Comic-Con, here's your first taste of Zack Snyder's Justice League movie. It seems goofier and more lighthearted than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Watch below, comment in the comments section, check out the official Justice League image in the gallery, and play a mean guitar riff.
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As someone who still wears the occasional onion on his belt, I remember arcades quite fondly. They were in steady decline when I was a kid, but they were a good way to kill time at the mall or to spend a Sunday morning. They've come back in modified form (e.g., Barcade), and while there's a social aspect to this new coin-op gaming, it's just not the same. I mean, I'm getting drunk on craft beer and I'm not always wearing an onion on my belt.
The fondness for old school arcades is at the center of Kurt Vincent's documentary The Lost Arcade, which focuses on Chinatown Fair, an arcade that's been around since the 1940s.
Check out the trailer below.
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Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She was a real hero in a movie filled with mopey people. Her appearance whetted everyone's appetite for Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman movie. After the release of a colorful and well-done poster, we now have our first look at the film.
Enough of my jibber-jabber. Watch the Wonder Woman trailer below and leave a comment.
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The LEGO Movie was one of the funnest animated films of the last few years, so naturally we were going to get a lot more of it. Luckily, first on the docket is the great looking LEGO Batman Movie. The first couple of trailers impressed, and I'm only more convinced the spin-off is going to be a good time.
Case in point are these new images of its glam version of Robin (Michael Cera) and its slightly monstery Joker. There's so much personality in Robin's design, I definitely want to see it in motion.
The LEGO Batman Movie releases February 10, 2017.
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With as wonky of a movie universe it has. DC have really succeeded on the small screen. They've been dominating since Dini's run from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League Unlimted and now CW's got a whole universe. Since Teen Titans Go has been doing so well on Cartoon Network, it was only a matter of time before the Justice League would get a more kid friendly version.
But I enjoyed Justice League Action's first trailer. It's got the OG cast (including Convoy and Hamill), it's got a slick design, and the tone seems really light and fun.
Justice League Action is coming to Cartoon Network in the near future.
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In an era where it's practically impossible to hide anything from the Internet, we were completely surprised by two projects kept under wraps. Joining 10 Cloverfield Lane is Blair Witch, a project only known as The Woods until San Diego Comic Con this weekend.
There are several reasons I'm excited about this. This first trailer is captivating, it's a legitimate sequel to the Blair Witch Project (and it doesn't look as awful as the straight to video Book of Shadows), the first person POV finally seems interesting, and it's Adam Winguard and Simon Barrett's follow up to You're Next and The Guest, two of the best horror films of the decade. With their track record and how fantastic this trailer is, I'm 100% confident this is going to be awesome.
Best news? The film is only two months away as Blair Witch opens September 16th.
[via Bloody Disgusting]
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Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman was one of the only bright spots in this year's dour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which, granted, isn't saying much, especially since her inclusion helped the movie feel overstuffed). She was the only character in the whole damn movie – give or take a Lex Luthor – who seemed even mildly happy at any point in the movie, and her share of the climactic battle scene did a good job depicting why it's such a travesty the Amazonian princess hasn't been on the big screen before now.
Anyway, since then I've been legitimately anticipating her solo movie, which I can't really say about any of the other DC offerings at the moment. And with San Diego Comic-Con in full swing this weekend, we're sure to get a good amount of information about the movie, which has already started with the reveal of the first poster for the film. Check it out:
It's not surprising that the first thing that strikes me about this poster is just how damn colorful it is. Back when Warner Bros. first revealed Godot in the full Wonder Woman gear for BvS about a year ago, one of the biggest complaints was the image's washed out, monochrome palette. This new poster just pops – not just the red, gold and blue of the costume, but the smoke and the sky in the background. BvS was a trashcan fire of a movie, but if its legacy is a more lighthearted and colorful DC Expanded Universe going forward, maybe it was worth it (spoilers: It totally wasn't, that movie was bad as hell).
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I'd like to think that Jared Leto is currently at The Gathering of the Juggalos dressed as The Joker from Suicide Squad. In-character, too. He would fit right in, as least outwardly. We know he's got facial tattoos and is full of attitude, but what about his mannerisms and personality? Is he more of a Violent J guy or a Shaggy 2 Dope guy? What's his favorite ICP deep cut?
In this extended promo for Suicide Squad, The Joker gets to be in the spotlight, giving you just a hint of what's to come in the full film.
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Netflix came out swinging at this year's Comic Con. Not only did they drop a trailer for the upcoming Luke Cage movie, but also teasers for Iron Fist and The Defenders. As you may or may not know the latter of those will see Netflix's entire stable of heroes team up to fight some big bad guy. Probably the person mocking them at the end of the teaser, which also confirms a 2017 release date for the series.
The Iron Fist teaser is short and sweet, showing off some super powers that seem a little more aggressive than the original Iron Fist ever had. Finn Jones still isn't Asian, but he does look very interesting. The trailer feels in line with Netflix's darker take on the Marvel universe and hints that there might be some mental health issues going on with our hero Danny Rand. No confirmation of release date on this one, but 2017.
The stand out has to be the Luke Cage trailer, which pumps out ODB‘s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” while Cage plows through a crime-filled building in a Raid-esque fight sequence. The show is supposed to have 90s hip-hop vibe and the writer has called it Marvel's version of The Wire. Whatever it turns out to be it already looks awesome.
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Jon Stewart left a major void behind when he ended his run on The Daily Show last year. Don't get me wrong--I love Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, I think Trevor Noah's gradually finding his voice, and Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show is solid. Yet Stewart was the premiere political satirist and media critic of the last 15-16 years. He'd also become that familiar and reassuring presence on TV--a Walter Cronkite prone to spit-takes and telling Glenn Beck to go fuck himself. He launched dozens of comedy careers fighting Bullshit Mountain, and in the process became (liberal) America's conscience.
So many have been clamoring for Jon Stewart to return to The Daily Show, especially given how insane this election season has been. Last night on a live edition of Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, America's cool uncle stopped in for a visit.
Give it a watch below.
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The rebooted Star Trek franchise hasn't really had a bad movie. J.J. Abrams put together two highly entertaining pieces of cinema back to back. However, if you're a Star Trek fan Into Darkness was concerning. An action packed film, the movie felt more like Star Wars than Star Trek and played heavily on nostalgia instead of forging its own path. While entertaining, Into Darkness put a bit of a shadow over the franchise's future.
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Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
So much to do, so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets?
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow
Shrek is love. Shrek is life.
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When we reported about Amazon's reboot of The Tick a few months ago, we learned that the reboot would be "darker and more grounded," which is exactly what people wanted from a parody of superheroes. Now we have our first look at this darker and more grounded version of The Tick and it's thoroughly underwhelming.
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Ducktales is coming back because there's nothing original anymore. In fairness, if there is any Disney property I'd like to see back in from the heyday of their Saturday morning cartoon glory it's probably Ducktales, and from this poster at least the look is pretty solid. The animation has almost a classic look to it and ditches a lot of the sharp-edged style that most modern cartoons love. I'm digging it.
The new show will once again follow the exploits of Scrooge McDuck and his plucky nephews and niece (and Donald Duck, evidently) as he tries to become richer and richer. Presumably there will be money swimming as well, but this has yet to be confirmed. The show will be broadcast on Disney XD and we're guessing will cater not just to that channels pre-teen audience, but also nostalgia loving adults as well.
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Remember back in May when Allegiant bowed to a $29 million opening weekend and the CEO of Lionsgate (the Dream Team behind the Divergent series films) said, "Yeah, our movie is the worst"? Me neither, but it happened! Well, now it seems they entire Lionsgate team has swallowed their Kool-Aid pride and taken the big hint from audiences everywhere, because the Divergent finale, Ascendant, is skipping theaters and going straight to the original home box office, cable, where it will await its fate.
The decision came in the nick of time, as shooting was originally scheduled to begin this summer. But common sense prevailed.
Now, the series will look to conclude its storyline with Ascendant before beginning a run as a TV spinoff. No final details as available as this has yet to be picked up by anyone. Common sense is in abundance today. No word on whether the original cast (Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtenay, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, etc.) will reprise their roles for the made for TV flick.
Thus concludes the last chapter in what is truly my least favorite teen, dystopian, Edwardian, futuristic, film series based off books, ever. May it rest in pieces.... read + comment
Making a good mixtape can be a complex artform. The mix reflects your personal taste and expresses unspoken feelings while ultimately trying to appeal to the recipient.
Then there are the unspoken rules of the mixtape, right? The mood and tempo ought to vary, the songs should say something more on repeat listens, cover versions are only acceptable if they totally reinvent the original, and there should be at least one track by The Jam.
Now you can do a Netflix playlist as a mixtape thanks to a new feature called Flixtape.
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Can you believe it's been 20 years since Pokemon first told us we gotta catch 'em all? I wouldn't necessarily call the franchise untouchable, but it quickly became one of Nintendo's most profitable and successful tentpoles alongside Zelda and Mario Bros. And with the ridiculously large success of Pokemon Go's US launch earlier this month, it seems like everybody has Pokemon on their minds.
As we mentioned back in April, a bidding war for a Pokemon adaptation was in full effect, with Legendary Pictures seen as the frontrunner. Now, the bidding war has officially ended as the production studio behind Inception, Pacific Rim, Jurassic World, Warcraft, and many, many more, has officially reached a deal with The Pokemon Company, the holding company that owns the rights to the Pokemon franchise. Production is scheduled to begin next year with Universal distributing the film to all regions outside of Japan.
The live-action film is rumored to center around Detective Pikachu, a particular Pikachu that can speak and is very intelligent. The character was the star of his own Pokemon spin-off game, Great Detective Pikachu, which launched in Japan earlier this year. There are no confirmed details beyond this, but rumors are swirling that Max Landis (Chronicle) might be involved.
Now if only Detective Pikachu can solve the mystery of Pokemon Go's terrible servers...
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Did you think that the xXx franchise was dead and buried? Nothing Vin Diesel ever does truly dies! And so here is something you may not have been expecting a sequel to a movie so couched in 90s extreme sports that you wouldn't ever think it could be updated... and yet.
There's something very Fast and Furious about this. A little bit of that ridiculousness that makes it work. That may come in part from Vin Diesel, but it's too the filmmakers credit that they were smart enough to update things (and possibly ignore the Ice Cube sequel entirely). My only true gripe here so far is that title. It makes it sound like we all remember the character of Xander Cage fondly when I can't even remember a single frame from the original movie.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage opens January 20, 2017.
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The first season of Ash vs Evil Dead was a miracle in modern television. It brought back a franchise that fans had been clamoring for while imbuing it with (yet another) new slant. Plus, it was a bloody, gory, one-liner-packed work of effing art. It concluded in the best way possible, with Ash screwing over the world so he could go party in Jacksonville. Pitch perfect Ash.
The second season is coming and if this bloody, gory, one-liner-packed, supposedly-banned-from-SDCC trailer is any indication then we're in for quite a treat, and some more fan love. Ted Raimi (who played a lot of evil monsters in the original) is returning as Ash's childhood friend and Michelle Hurd joins the cast as his highschool girlfriend. Also cast is a crap ton of fake blood and dismembered body part prosthetics.
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It's been a long while since Jackie Chan's put out a genuinely good movie. In my opinion, his last great film was 2004's New Police Story, though he's still capable of some flashes of brilliance as seen in 2013's Chinese Zodiac.
Skiptrace looks like a serviceable Jackie Chan buddy movie from the early 2000s, like a knock-off version of Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. Instead of Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson, you get Johnny Knoxville. In the director's chair is Renny Harlin, the man responsible for Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2, The Adventures of Ford Fairlaine, and Cutthroat Island. (Harlin is still a trade up from Brett Ratner.)
Check out the trailer for this throwback action-comedy below.
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John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven was an excellent riff on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, full of distinct characters, solid performances, and that memorable theme song.
I was a bit skeptical about Antoine Fuqua helming a remake of the film, but I have to say, the first trailer and the new trailer for The Magnificent Seven makes me feel hopeful. Both have the proper spirit of remakes and reboots. By that I mean the reboot/remake should feel like fans of the original playing with all the stuff they loved from the source material and then adding their own new material to it.
In this case, the new Magnificent Seven may be less like the original film or Seven Samurai and more like Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins. It feels like kids playing cowboy in a cowboy movie.
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I wasn't that much of a fan of Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla. While well-shot, the story was so-so and focused too much on Aaron Taylor-Johnson's bland lead character. It didn't help that Blandy McBlanderson was surrounded by a mostly forgettable group of generic supporting characters. (What a waste of Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, and Ken Watanabe.)
The new Japanese Godzilla film, Godzilla Resurgence/Shin Gojira, looks like the sort of movie I was looking for, though. Co-directed by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Gamera, Attack on Titan), the first trailer for Godzilla Resurgence was promising. This new trailer also makes the movie look pretty splendid, mixing melancholy, military strikes, and giant monsters. Give it a watch.
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You may have forgotten that Universal is working on a big cinematic universe starring all of its classic movie monsters because the movie to kick it all off, The Mummy reboot, has been in production forever. Well, it was Dracula Untold for a bit since they kind of retconned the ending to fit into the universe, but now they've decided that that is no longer part of the universe so now it's The Mummy. The point being is that a monster universe is coming... at some point.
Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) are the screenwriters in charge of the Van Helsing reboot for this monster universe and they're setting their goals pretty high. Heisserer said, “I can only say that early on, our inspiration for his behavior and his mannerisms was all in Mad Max.” It's not clear if that means the later drafts lost that Mad Max feel or if it still has it, but that would be quite the departure from Hugh Jackman's CGI, suckfest in that it would fit the character better and, you know, not suck.
Heissere also gave us some insight into the Universal Monster Universe as a whole, noting that the different monsters let them tackle different genres.
It’s early days right now. I can say that the decision that a lot of us made was to go and just write the best movie we could in our own corner and make sure it’s good on its own…and didn’t necessarily need to link arm-in arm-with anybody else. And to be tonally different from the other films. One may be a little bit more comedic, action-adventure-y, one can be very much a traditional horror piece. That kind of thing. And then we’ll see what happens as the projects evolve and we all get a chance to convene and talk, and make sure the movies feel like they’re all in the same world.
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I liked Ghostbusters, but I readily pointed out that it had its flaws. The biggest one of which was the fact that it often veered into tired comedic tropes instead of capitalizing on the skills and chemistry of its cast. One moment where it avoided this was in a forced dance number that was clearly cut from the film and then played during the credits sequence. I gave Feig credit for cutting it since a big group dance number is an almost sure sign of a failing comedy.
Evidently that was a tough decision for Feig, and the dance number will be returning most likely in the Blu-ray releases, which will be 15 minutes longer than the film (though the initial cut was three and half hours).
We repurposed it into the end credits: [the dance sequence]. I loved it, and it’s actually going to be in the extended version of the movie. But there’s some babies that you just have to lose. That’s the hardest thing about doing comedy. You have so many funny things, but if you stack up too many, or it comes at a time when the audience wants to be moving forward… if you hang on to them you slow everything down. So that was a really tough one.
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The storytelling potential of VR is pretty fascinating, as I noted with Allumette during the Tribeca Film Festival. A virtual headset can give you this unique feeling of immersion that allows you to interact with the story. If used right, this sense of participation can be integral to the experience of the story, and a reason to revisit/replay the story for a new experience.
Lucasfilm is going to do their own Star Wars VR project, and its going to center on Darth Vader. David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) has been tapped to write the project. According to Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo, the story will be canonical, so Darth Vader probably won't be working an office job or going to the grocery store or anything.
One unique aspect of the Darth Vader VR project is the space the story takes place in. According to The Verge:
The experience will take place in a 'persistent' world, one that cycles through day and night, has evolving weather conditions, and continues to go on even after the 'visitor' has gone through the story for the first time.
The VR project may not be out for another year or two, so you'll probably just have to content yourself with taping a tablet to your face and having your creepy uncle breathe heavy into your ear.read + comment
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot opened last week and came in second at the box office, earning $46 million. It wasn't a bad showing for the film, and there's talk about a sequel (because obviously). Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth were all solid comic performers, but the biggest highlight of Ghostbusters is Kate McKinnon. McKinnon plays a delightful, flirty oddball named Jillian Holtzmann, and she seems to be having the most fun out of everyone in the cast.
The Ghostbusters reboot is far from flawless (e.g., that awful Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliott theme song), but it's not nearly as bad as some guys on the internet will have you think. A lot of angry nerds (predominantly men) have down-voted the Ghostbusters trailer on YouTube, skewed the film's user rating on IMDB, and have have used various mediums to rant about how an all-female remake of Ghostbusters ruins their childhood. James Rolfe (The Angry Video Game Nerd) even felt it was worth his time to make a video about why he was not going to review the new Ghostbusters, a film so unimportant to him he felt he needed to point out why it did not warrant attention.
Guys, this tantrum is a little sad. You're making yourselves look like a bunch of dim manchildren. I love the original Ghostbusters too, but let's be real here--if a movie is all it takes to ruin your childhood, you're probably not ready for adulthood.
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We all heard the rumors, but now it is official. Star Trek will carry on into a fourth film, which probably isn't too surprising to anyone. The rebooted franchise has been a moneymaker for the studio and the movies haven't that be too terrible. If early buzz on the Star Trek Beyond is any clue this one is going to be good too so why not hop right into a fourth? They've still got four movies to get even with the original cast.
What might be a bit more surprising is that Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role as Captain Kirk's father. If you don't remember him that's because he was only present in the prologue to Star Trek at which point he died. Death and time have never been that problematic for Star Trek (*ahem* Generations *ahem*) so it's not much of a head scratcher to twist around how father and son will meet again. The younger Kirk's daddy issue have been running through all three films anyway.
Paramount also says that Simon Pegg and Doug Jung won't be tackling the screenplay this time around, but J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay instead. You may remember them from when Roberto Orci was heading up Star Trek Beyond since they wrote the first screenplay before Pegg and Doug came in and did a drastic rewrite. J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber are still around as Bad Robot is producing. Chris Pine is confirmed to return as well, and we assume the rest of the cast will come along except, sadly, for Anton Yelchin.
The tagline released goes like this:
In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.
Now I don't want to start rumors, but the last time the original crew traveled in time whales were involved and it was awesome. It's unlikely that the movie will be about the crew travelling back to save humanity via whale while meeting Kirk's father, but we can dream.... read + comment
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is coming in less than a year, so it's about time for the Hype Machine to really kick it into high gear. Ahead of what's sure to be a information-packed session at San Diego Comic-Con later this week, a new piece of concept art shows off the team in action, along with a new player.
Newly released concept art published in Entertainment Weekly depicts the team from the original surrounded by explosions, including returning frenemies Yondu and Nebula, played by Michael Rooker and Karen Gillen, respectively. The art also portrays a new character – a young, vaguely alien-looking woman with insect-like antennae. That's Mantis, a longtime character with associations to the Guardians going back nearly a decade, played by Pom Klementieff in the film. Check it out:
“She has never really experienced social interaction,” executive producer Jonathan Schwartz tells EW. “Everything she learns about dealing with people, she learns from the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very weird group to learn your social intricacies from.”
Created by Steve Englehart and Don Heck, Mantis first appeared in Avengers #112 in June 1973. Her history is long, complicated and spans several comic book companies, but the gist is that she's a martial arts expert who has empathic and telepathic abilities. Her time with the Guardians first began in 2007 in the Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord mini-series, where she joins up with a ragtag team of proto-Guardians to battle a robotic menace threatening to wipe out the galaxy. She was later a major character in the Guardians of the Galaxy series that spun out of the event (and on which the first film largely draws inspiration). She was with that team for its duration and has been bouncing around the Marvel Universe ever since.
Directed by James Gunn and also starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.... read + comment