SDCC’14 Coverage: Marvel Reveals Release Date for Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel

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During Marvel’s Hall H presentation Saturday night, the studio slipped in a little humorous video announcement by director/writer James Gunn and Chris “Starlord” Pratt, announcing that a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has been greenlit for release on July 28, 2017.

Realizing that millions of his fans couldn’t see the video, Gunn posted the following to his Facebook page:

“So, anyway, just now at Comicon a filmed bit with me and Chris Pratt played where we announced the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy, which we’re working on to release in theaters on July 28, 2017. Yes, I suppose this is ballsy, considering the film hasn’t even been released yet, but I guess I just can’t let go of that damn raccoon! Please go see Guardians of the Galaxy 1 in theaters next week.”

Just for good measure, Gunn followed up the announcement with the following tweet, reminding us all that the first installment hasn’t been released everywhere yet:

That’s right…they’re announcing a sequel before the first one’s opening weekend box office is in. But from what I’ve heard from those who’ve seen it in previews, Marvel’s betting on a sure thing with a sequel announcement. But the real question about the potential sequel… is a space raccoon safe when he encounters a True Blood vampire at SDCC’14?

Are you planning to see Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters?

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SDCC’14 Coverage: Marvel Brings Down Hall H With Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser

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The closing portion of Marvel Movies’ San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H on Saturday afternoon was all about next year’s sure-to-be-blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” began playing and the first of the huge cast in attendance was announced by moderator Chris Hardwick. Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr, took the stage first and after a bit of dancing, opened his briefcase and began throwing red roses at the crowd.

RDJ then took over the announcements, and he was soon joined onstage by Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Evans (Captain America), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Paul Bettany (Vision/J.A.R.V.I.S.), James Spader (Ultron), and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch). As the two women came out, Downey presented each of them with white roses. Such a gentleman!

The cast took turns answering questions from Hardwick. RDJ was asked how it felt to be returning in this movie, to which he replied “It just keeps getting better… I’m so excited to be here. We’ve got a real nice movie coming up for you guys next year.” “You’re the best, Robert!” cried one man from the audience. “You’re probably right,” Downey shot back, which caused the rest of the cast to laugh.

There were several jokes made about Chris Hemsworth’s muscular physique, but when asked if there was anything about Thor that he wants to do with the character, he made a nod to the recent comic change and slyly joked, “Turning him into a woman. I don’t want to jinx it, but I think it could be my Oscar. I’m willing to take it on.” (Recently Marvel announced Thor would be changing genders.)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, new to the cast as Quicksilver, spoke about what drew him to the role: “The characters have such a dynamic between the group. What’s beautiful is you get these characters in the same room and they bounce off of each other.”

Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, couldn’t be at Hall H due to her pregnancy, but she did a video introduction to the showing of the first footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

And the footage sent the room crazy.

SPOILER ALERT – scroll past the next photo if you don’t want to know what was shown from the movie…

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SDCC’14 Coverage: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter Updates

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San Diego Comic Con is more than just big movie news. There is a lot of small screen promotion too. From Disney and ABC’s small screen, we were given glimpses into what Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will look like, including Lucy Lawless as Agent Hartley (whose first name is either Elizabeth or Isabelle, depending on which article you read).

One of the main villains of the new season will be Daniel Whitehall – a.k.a. Kraken (from the Secret Wars storyline). Rounding out the newly announced cast is Nick Blood who plays mercenary, Lance Hunter.

In a (promo video) hosted by Agent Koeing and…Agent Koeing, the name Bobbi Morse was dropped, which means that Mockingbird will probably be the first superhero to join the show. (Also, the fact that there are now three Agent Koeings leads me to believe that they will be revealed as Life Model Decoys.)

We didn’t get much from Agent Carter other than a synopsis of the show and a Q and A with the cast and crew that didn’t have any big reveals to it. We know that it will share the same themes of Agents of SHIELD, albeit a couple dozen years earlier in history. Howard Stark will play a role. While Carter will be dealing with the loss of Captain America, she’ll also be out in the action, like you would expect. Production starts shortly on the first few episodes.

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Disney’s “The Jungle Book” Snares Christopher Walken & Giancarlo Esposito

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Two more actors have been snared to join the voice cast for Disney’s The Jungle Book. Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito (Critics Choice Award winner and Emmy nominee for Breaking Bad) will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. Esposito can also be seen on ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

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Walken and Esposito join Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The Jungle Book also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.

The Jungle Book is a combination of live-action and animation, directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks. The film will be released in 3D and arrives in theaters on October 9, 2015.

2015 is going to be a hugely busy year for Disney. March 13 – Cinderella, May 1 – Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 22 – Tomorrowland, June 19 – Pixar’s Inside Out, July 17 – Marvel’s Ant-Man, October 9 – The Jungle Book, November 15 – Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and last, but certainly not least… Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18th.

The Jungle Book might be weakest of all the above, but it does have some impressive voice talent.

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Zetus Lapetus…Zenon is 15!

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Disney Channel has created a lot of franchises in its rather short lifespan. Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place and Lizzie McGuire all had rather large fan bases and expansive franchise work, and those are just the shows. If you count the films, you include High School Musical, Camp Rock and The Cheetah Girls, among others. While those are all well and good, there is one Disney Channel franchise that is above and beyond all of them…and that is Zenon.

Today is Zenon’s 15th anniversary and Vega Omega, that’s crazy! Many might not know or have even heard of “The Original DCOM Franchise,” so let me explain. Zenon Kar is a girl living in a space station floating above the world, and has been since Kindergarten. In the first film, after she gets in trouble MAJOR by Commander Plank, her parents ground her, literally, on Earth with her Aunt Judy. All while there, she tries to combat the evil Wyndham Corporation who is trying to blow up her space station home, which includes her family and best friend Nebula, played by Raven (recast in the second film, then returning in a smaller role in Z3).

The success of the film led to two sequels…ahem, Zequels…and much fanfare. I remember the craziness surrounding the third film’s premiere on Disney Channel back in 2004. It was the first DCOM to have its own website, so that was cool by itself. However, the most fun was the counting “Z”s contest, as they hid a certain number of the letter in the film, and entering the correct number would unlock special content on the site. I remember going to my daycare the following Monday and trying to decide the correct number of “Z”s.

The stories were all fun, interesting and empowering as Zenon kicked butt and expectations from her fellow space station dwellers. Yet, probably the best part of the films was the music from Protozoa and Cosmic Blush. Protozoa was featured in all 3 Zenon films, eventually becoming friends with Z, as his hit singles “Supernova Girl” and “The Galaxy is Ours” rocked the universe. The third film introduced the band Cosmic Blush, and while they had some great tunes, their duet with Protozoa on “Out of this World,” which was TOTALLY graphic (beautiful) and fun.

Now, D23 tweeted today about the anniversary, stating it will be including in their upcoming Fanniversay shows across the country, but I want more. Disney Channel celebrated an “Out of this World” weekend this past week, where all the sitcoms had space related episodes, while Lego Star Wars and Phineas and Ferb Star Wars premiered, but at 2:30am each day, they re-aired Zenon, which is inky to the tenth power EXTREME. No successful Disney franchise deserves that kind of awful programming decision.

Zenon’s 15th deserves a celebratory weekend! This year is also the 10th anniversary of Zenon: Z3 (the best of the trilogy), so why not celebrate the totally stellar Zenon in the proper way? All 3 films should be released on a Blu-Ray combo pack, which could include a 1 day, 3 movie marathon on Disney Channel. Also, the films’ original music should be released on iTunes for purchase. The fact that I can’t jam to my favorite Microbe tunes is inky major.

Frankly, I think a 4th film should happen, too. In a “reboot/sequel” sort of way, where Kirsten Storms would return to her role as Zenon, maybe as a college student, who takes another girl under her wing to train the next Zenon. Heck, a plain reboot would be fine with me, as the Zenon films are just THAT fun.

If you haven’t seen them before, be sure to check out these stellunarious films and if you agree with any of this, let’s all tweet @DisneyChannelPR with the plan to get Zenon on Blu-ray, TV and iTunes using #Zenon15! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or just send something to me on my zap-pad. Until next time…have a stellar day!

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