Sunday, July 15, 2012

SMALL HEROES - BIG HITS: Marvel Studios Reveals Wave 2 Titles, Including Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon In Guardians Of The Galaxy

If Rocket Raccoon in the official concept art above looks to be screaming 'Who's the b!tch now?!' you're probably not wrong. Marvel Studios have released the titles of their much anticipated Wave 2, and the once long-lost character is just one of the diminutive superstars now set to kick ass all over a big screen near you. Wave 2 is;

Guardians of the Galaxy - August 1, 2014 The wicked concept art above shows a Drax, Starlord, Gamora (looking like Phyla-Vell), Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Not only is Hollywood about to get wicked with the scope of Marvel Cosmic (and Thanos no doubt), how many movies feature a talking tree and a small mammal packing a bazooka?

Ant-Man - (no official release date) Edgar Wright's lovechild will be based on Marvel Premiere #47 (suddenly a hit in back issue bins everywhere)! A tale by David Michelenie, John Byrne and Bob Layton, it introduced Scott Lang as a father trying to steal Hank Pym's technology for his sick daughter Cassie. 

That's three comicverse Marvel size-shifters in one movie. Whom will join the Avengers and could Ultron squeeze in?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - April 4, 2014 Directed by the Russo Brothers, this sequel will bring to life the iconic tale writer Ed Brubaker used to launch his landmark run on Captain America. A nice way to keep exploring Caps established movie cast with more WWII flashbacks, the added element of a brainwashed Bucky turned Russian assassin, should lead to audiences having the same response as Ed did himself over on Twitter with the title's revelation "HOLY SH!T".

Thor: The Dark World - November 9, 2013 Directed by Game of Thrones' Alan Taylor, look for the franchise's Nine Worlds concept to be explored, in particular Svartalfheim, home of the Dark Elves. While Enchantress has long been rumoured to drop in here, Dark Elves top dog Malekith the Accursed should oppose the God of Thunder. 

Iron Man 3 - May 13, 2013 Footage at the Con also debuted Ben Kingsley sporting ten rings of power. Meaning Loki now has The Mandarin to contend with as Marvel Studios best bad (Masters of Evil coming soon perhaps?).


  1. Great to know! Always worth stopping by!

  2. Cheers Marcelo! Always great to see you drop in!

  3. Good for Marvel for putting out all of these movies. I know some, like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy ones, were on a wishlist years ago, but I don't think anyone seriously ever thought they'd actually be made. Good on Marvel for this. Damn is DC's back against the wall with this. Still no Justice League though, and that might change after Marvel puts out this secession of movies.

  4. I'm a Marvel baby, but I don't want to see DC step on their dinks any more than they already have. I'd love to see them do the single movies CORRECTLY first, then tackle the JLA. Don't try to keep up now that you're half a marathon back. Just run at your own pace and do it correctly. It'll pay bigger dividends in the long run.

  5. Thanks guys! I seriously thought Legion of Super Heroes would make Hollywood before the Guardians - and that's even with it's cast size. Oh well, live and learn.

    I think Justice League might be a way off. While I didn't mind it, I think Warners will be looking at improving the general public's notion of Green Lantern first or giving the film more time for memories to fuzz over.

    Mind you they thought that of Hulk in The Avengers, that he'd never lead a solo film again, despite well faring movies prior and being one of pop's most world famous icons, now after a scene stealing role all lights are urm green again.

    I agree with Craig - keep the focus on great movies with talented actors, like Man of Steel and Dark Knight seem to be, and go forward in that vein - quality not quantity kind of stuff. Marvel may have released more, but with The Dark Knight and Batman Begins on Warners side I wouldn't exactly say they are all that far ahead in terms of calibre - if any.