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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Marvelous Marvel Trailers

This past week, we were lucky enough to get, not one, but two new trailers for Marvel Comics adaptations!  Let's take a look at the bigger one, shall we?  Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

That's the poster, now here's the trailer.

I don't know what to say...I'm totally diggin' this.  Every time I hear the classic rock accompanying epic shots of spaceships, I get fond flashbacks to watching Heavy Metal late at night on basic cable in my teen years.

This is why many are saying this is the big gamble for Marvel.  First up, it's not a widely known property.  Secondly, the trailers are making it look just so darn quirky.   But, the more I see, the more I like.  I like quirky.  Things like a walking talking raccoon *ahem* adjusting himself.  What?  This just look so strange it might work.

Now, this was the bigger one of the week, so you're probably wondering what the second Marvel adaptation trailer was.

Big Hero 6 Teaser Poster

When Disney bought Marvel five years ago, the immediate question was, "Does this mean we'll be getting Disney animated movies based on Marvel Comics someday?"  Ladies and gentlemen, today is someday.

Big Hero 6, like Guardians of the Galaxy, is one of Marvel's lesser-known properties, only surviving 2 mini-series.  It follows the adventures of Japan's premiere superhero team, with each member being Marvel's take on a beloved stock character from manga and anime.  Marvel's editor Joe Quesada said he wasn't surprised when Disney gravitated towards Big Hero 6, as the relationship between between young hero Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax did seem rather Disney-esque. 

There's a lot of rage already from the Marvel zombies that the Marvel logo isn't at the front of this trailer, but I'm not surprised.  Again, according to Quesada, Marvel's been pretty hands-off with this one and it's been Disney Animation's baby all the way.  Besides, at the end of the day, since Marvel owns Disney, does it really matter what label Disney chooses to stick at the front?

Again, I kind of like what I see.  With the "armor popping off a chubby hero" gag, they're trying to invoke memories of Pixar's The Incredibles.  I do like the gag with the soccer ball, though.  I want to see more the heroics, though!  I've always been a big fan of superheroes in animation, so let's bring on more of the heroes!

The creative talent behind this one are Don Hall, who did Disney's last venture into 2D hand-drawn animation, 2011's Winnie the Pooh, and Chris Williams, who co-directed Bolt.  The voice cast has yet to be officially announced.  It's due out this November.

And while I'm talking Marvel movies, I feel like offering up a comment on yesterday's shocking news that Edgar Wright is no longer directing Ant-Man.  This is shocking, because Wright has been attached to direct Ant-Man ever since Marvel started producing their own films in 2006.  For the past 8 years, he's been refining the script and he's been responsible for the casting of Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.  This has been his baby for so long that, for him to be gone, it's surprising.

But then, maybe not too surprising.  I have read that, ever since Marvel decided to do their whole "build up to an Avengers movie every few years" plan, the studio has become more hands-on, and more involved in the creative process.  Jon Favreau once said that's why he turned down Iron Man 3.  He had so much freedom making Iron Man, but making Iron Man 2, the studio starting insisting on all this extra stuff to be added in to start building up to The Avengers that it became frustrating. 

Which pretty much explains why the split is being described as "differing visions" for the film in their official news release.  Wright has been pretty up-front from the beginning that he wanted it to be largely comedic in tone, which probably wouldn't mesh too well with Marvel's current plans.  While they are lighthearted, they aren't comedic. 

No word on who the new director is, but Marvel says it'll be announced shortly.  Maybe Marvel will do like Pixar does with their constant changes in directors on their films, and Wright will get a co-director credit for his efforts.  Or at least a special thanks. 

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