This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.
James Spader knows sci-fi, so it came as no surprise to his fans to learn that the man who daily hung out on a Boston office building balcony smoking big stogies and dressed in pink flamingo garb with none other than Captain James T. Kirk for five years would be the next villain for the new Avengers: Age of Ultron film.
When I first heard that Marvel was adding Guardians of the Galaxy to their Cinematic Universe lineup, my initial reaction was along the lines of “What the… huh?” Even after I’d recovered a few bruised synapses, I couldn’t figure where they’d go with that.
Then the first trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy started appearing on Marvel’s YouTube page… despite my initial misgivings, I was hooked, and I knew I needed to see this movie.
While the upcoming release dates for Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 and Phase 3 films were announced earlier this year, many fans had hoped that a list of titles to go along with those dates would be announced at the Marvel panel at Comic-Con International.
Alas, the teasing and speculation will continue for a while longer.