Quick Hits: Images From Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Wonder Woman, Dark Tower, Trainspotting, Power Rangers and Blade Runner

Ahead of San Diego Comic Con next week, many studios have released images from their upcoming releases.  While not every one of the below films will be featured at Comic Con, below you can check out images (posters, official images and set photos) from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Wonder Woman, Dark Tower, Trainspotting 2, Power Rangers and Blade Runner 2.

First up are some videos and photos taken from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.  There’s not much to go on looking at this brief scene out of context, but it’s just awesome knowing that we’re finally getting a full blown Marvel Spider-Man movie.  Yes, I know that it’s still technically owned by Sony, but you gotta believe that Marvel is pulling all the strings while Sony is sitting back and cashing the checks. Since filming only started recently, I doubt much will be unveiled about Spider-Man at Comic Con so little leaks like this might have to hold us over for a few months.

“It really is a homecoming,” Tom Holland told the CinemaCon crowd during the film’s title announcement earlier this year, “because, throughout the movie, Peter is trying to find out who he is and where he belongs in this world.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings in theaters July 7, 2017.


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Next up is a concept image for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Here’s the official synopsis for the sequel.

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

Things to note in the above image include that this is the first we’re seeing of Pom Klementieff’s character Mantis.  She is a new hero set to join the team.  Back in October when the character was announced, Screen Rant provided the following description of the character and how she may be utilized in the movie:

“A telepath and a master martial artist who can locate physical weak points on opponents, Mantis takes on a special role on Peter Quill’s band of antiheroes and is even part of Quill’s shady plan to bring the team together – by using Mantis’ abilities to forcefully motivate them to enlist in the Guardians team. Did we mention she can even partially see the future? That might come in handy when the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins exploring time-travel, an important plot device in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics.”

Additionally, Yondu and Nebula are seen in the image.  It was previously announced that Nebula would have a larger role in this movie, but is this indicating that she might be switching sides and helping the Guardians, or is this simply an image of the main characters from the movie?  Many online believe that “old foes become new allies” means that Yondu will be aiding our heroes this time out, but potentially having Yondu, Nebula and Mantis on their side (and possibly Peter Quill’s father, whoever that might be) means they must be facing off against an even more powerful threat this time around.

Lastly, the picture once again shows Baby Groot.  Initially I assumed this was normal Groot and he would gradually grow back into the Groot from the first film that we all know and love.  However, executive producer Jonathan Schwartz provided these questions to ponder that leaves some doubt about whether it is indeed the same character.  Check out his statement courtesy of Coming Soon.

“He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot,” executive producer Jonathan Schwartz tells the outlet. “He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot. The question is, is he the same Groot, just smaller? Or is he a different Groot that’s sprung up from the seed of the first Groot?”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.


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While Spider-Man: Homecoming remains an unknown, Doctor Strange will have a presence at San Diego Comic Con this year.  Above is the official Doctor Strange Comic Con poster for the convention.  While it’s nothing noteworthy and doesn’t provide any hints of things we can expect to see in the film, there have been Doctor Strange news stories recently.  Check them out at the links below.

Doctor Strange Prequel Comic Reveals Mads Mikkelsen’s Character

Official Synopsis for Doctor Strange

Official Trailer for Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange Set Photos

Doctor Strange arrives in US theaters November 4, 2016.


 

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Also ahead of the Comic Con presentation next week, Entertainment Weekly has new official photos from DC/Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman film.  Check them out below.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.  Wonder Woman will arrive in theaters June 2, 2017.


Entertainment Weekly has released new official images from Sony Picture’s Dark Tower adaptation.  The images portray much of Idris Elba’s Gunslinger and Tom Taylor’s Jake traveling through both Mid-World and on Earth as well as Matthew McConaughey’s man in black.  Check them out below.

“The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.”

Elba and McConaughey had the following to add about their characters (via Coming Soon).

“There’s a mystical element to him,” Elba tells the outlet.“He’s about 200 years old. He’s been around for a long time, and has a deep-rooted connection with the [supernatural] nature of the film. Roland’s completely tuned into that. When you meet him, he’s very much a stoic man, doesn’t want to talk. But when you get to know him, he really knows quite a bit about the world and his world’s history…When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s… coiled….Until he meets Jake.”

“He’s really pent up and releases his soul through [defending] the boy,”Elba added.

“Well, he is a man, actually,” McConaughey says of the villain“They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies.”

Dark Tower arrives in theaters February 17, 2017.


Trainspotting 2 is really coming to theaters.  It didn’t look like it would ever happen despite annual talks of the movie being in development.  However director Danny Boyle and all the principal cast members Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle are returning to reprise their roles from the original cult classic.  Filming began in Edinburgh, Scotland yesterday and so far seems to involve a lot of running.  Check it out in the set photos below, courtesy of Coming Soon.

“It’s been 20 years since we met these characters and John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what’s happened to them—and to us—in the intervening years,” said Boyle previously. “We are grateful to Tom and Hannah for their support and we can’t wait to get going.”

“‘Trainspotting’ was a seminal movie for me,” Tristar’s Hannah Minghella said. “Like almost everyone my age, I had the ‘Choose Life’ poster on my university dorm room wall. I have wanted to work with Danny ever since, so the opportunity to collaborate on the sequel is truly a dream come true. It perfectly represents the filmmaker-driven movies I am committed to making at TriStar.”

Trainspotting 2 has a US release date set for February 3, 2017.


Lionsgate released character posters and the first official movie still for their upcoming Power Rangers reboot.  The official image depicts Elizabeth bank’s Rita Repulsa taking on Trini, the Yellow Ranger.  Check them out below courtesy of Coming Soon.

“Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.”

Additionally, this week Bryan Cranston (who will be playing/voicing Zordon in a return to the franchise… yes Cranston actually was on the television series as the voice of 2 of the villains) made an unexpected comparison when describing the tone of the new film.  Here’s what he said courtesy of The Wrap:

“This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series,” Cranston told the Huffington Post. “The approach to the film making is completely different.”

When asked to verify whether he was specifically referencing the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Batman films he expanded by adding:

“I don’t know if the tone is as dark as that, because you’re dealing with teenagers,” he said. “So the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and going through high school and the cliques and the popularity or lack thereof, and the bullies and all the different sections and sub-sections of high school life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that — hopes and dreams — and you embrace all of that into a retelling of the ‘Power Rangers.’”

At the very least it sounds like Cranston is saying that the Power rangers movie will attempt to make the characters and events a bit more serious and perhaps more grounded than the television series.  Power Rangers has been around for years and has gone through numerous reimagings so a serious, semi-realistic take on the source material could be an interesting direction.  With Cranston and Banks on board they have some quality talent attached.  Let’s see if that translates to a good film or not.  Power Rangers is set to arrive in theaters March 24, 2017.


We don’t have much information about the Blade Runner sequel yet as plot details have been kept under lock and key.  We do know that Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) will be directing from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.  The cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi, Hiam Abbass and David Dastmalchian.  The following concept images have been released by Entertainment Weekly.

Although he wouldn’t reveal any plot details, Villeneuve gave the following small morsel in an interview with EW when asked about the film.

“The climate has gone berserk — the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic,” Villeneuve says. The vehicle pictured in this exclusive concept art from the sequel, Villeneuve says, is a kind of snow blower that hovers over the streets and destroys snow. He laughs. “It’s a Canadian wet dream!”

 

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