The latest galaxy spanning Marvel Comics related news items from August 11th – 13th, 2013!
Vin Diesel may be Groot and more set pictures!
It has been noted previously that noted action film actor Vin Diesel has been in talks with brass at Marvel Studios in regards to an unknown film role since the start of July. Since then he has been coy about details, merely offering hints about things online. To this end, Diesel has posted a picture of Groot on his Facebook page. First appearing in “Tales to Astonish #13”, circa 1960 as a joint Stan Lee/Jack Kirby creation, he has since gone on to co-star in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” comic written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning from 2008-2010. It is that incarnation which became ore for the major motion picture of the same name due next year by director James Gunn. Since it is presumed that Groot would be a CGI creation, Diesel could portray the character’s voice or via a motion capture technique. It is also possible that he could be discussing playing Vision in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.
As the major D23 convention for Disney plays out in California and no major announcements have been made, the rumor mill will be in overdrive. This would not be Diesel’s first foray into voice acting; he voiced the titular robot in “The Iron Giant” in 1999 as well as the direct-to-video animated film “Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury” from 2004. “Guardians of the Galaxy” currently includes a cast such as Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave “Batista” Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Michael Rooker (Yondu), John C. Reilly (Rhomann Dey), and Glenn Close (Nova Prime). Adding Diesel would provide additional star power to a production which average moviegoers would know little about; even in 2008, “Iron Man” at least had been featured in several animated TV shows.
Meanwhile, the Huffington Post gained some pictures from the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy” which show several Nova Corps members in gear. Glenn Close was mistakenly identified in one picture, but Disney themselves dismissed such claim. Regardless, many colorful characters are seen on the set. Space operas have had a hit-or-miss track record in recent box office history, and it will remain to be seen how Marvel Studios’ latest gamble succeeds.
More “Big Hero 6” details from D23!
While no major announcements about any live action Marvel Studios films have emerged from the major media convention Disney is holding this week, some more details have emerged about the first union between Marvel Studios and Disney animation. “Winnie the Pooh” director Don Hall has been tasked to helm a CGI animated adaptation of the lessor known superhero team “Big Hero 6” for November 7th, 2014. About 35 seconds of teaser footage had been released and the setting was based in a fantasy city which merged Tokyo with San Francisco.
This week’s tidbits confirmed that the teenage prodigy Hiro and the robot Baymax would be the stars of the film. Baymax is described as “an inflatable robot” who is Hiro’s best friend, and Hall described their story as “emotional”. The plot would involve the pair stumbling onto a plot by organized crime and having to unite with other superheroes. Team members confirmed were Honey Lemon (“a hugger and a fighter”), Go Go Tomogo, Wasabi No Ginger (a combat chef), and Fred (“a fanboy in a monster suit”). While the series technically debuted at Marvel in 1998 by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, half of these characters debuted in a mini series from 2008 written by Chris Claremont.
Considering how Disney’s “The Incredibles” was often compared to Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” in terms of content, it will remain to be seen how Disney’s official embrace of a Marvel property for its 54th animated feature will be met at the box office. Given that this is a film which adapts a superhero team set in Japan, it may be expected to do well in Asia as well as in the states.