As part of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana snagged a pair of invitations to appear in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. Sharing the screen with such legendary superheroes, did Pratt and Saldana feel a twinge of professional jealousy? On a personal level, no… but for their characters, it was a different story.
Avengers: Infinity War, also starring Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, opens Friday in theaters everywhere.
The poster to I Kill Giants has just been revealed, as actress Madison Wolfe (The Conjuring 2) is ready to go hammer time on a monster (possibly of her own imagination?).
Based on Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel, I Kill Giants centers on Barbara (Wolfe), a Norse warhammer wielding youth who believes she hunts down and kills giants in the forest. Barbara’s faculty therapist (Zoe Saldana) as well as her bigger sister (Imogen Poots) are trying to connect with her, but our protagonist has bigger monsters to slay!
The trailer promises its share of action sequences, and Wolfe looks like she can carry her own film. It does feel a bit reminiscent to A Monster Calls, but movies about exploring a child’s fantasy world shouldn’t be relegated to one film!
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
I Kill Giants hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital March 23.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps moving along in the right direction, and one of the main reasons for their success is their ability to creatively think outside the box. Case in point is the choice of Super filmmaker James Gunn to direct 2014’s mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn’s character and genre driven sensibilities seamlessly blended into the film’s epic visual scale and narrative.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 could have been a rehash of the original, and fans would have probably forgiven the sequel if Gunn solely relied on the eye catching special affects and the pure chemistry of the leads. Though the heart of this story centers on Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) relationship with his long lost father Ego (Kurt Russell), the rest of the Guardians are given ample time to develop their respective arcs (one surprising element features the growing bond between Drax and Mantis). As evidenced by Gunn’s prominent use of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 centers on the importance of family, and the film doesn’t chintz on developing meaty back stories for its seemingly most incidental characters. The aforementioned Mantis (Pom Klementieff), gold-faced antagonist Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), Gamora’s vengeful sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), and returnee Yondu (Michael Rooker, delivering the film’s most memorable performance) all get their chance to shine. Instead of littering his 136 minute film with wall to wall action, Gunn also spends time developing the relationships among the Guardians and the extended family who may either break their chain or enhance their lives. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may take a few more left turns than its predecessor, but these seeming detours pay off with a resonant final act.
Along with several informative special features that delve into the making of the film, the Blu-ray also comes with five minutes worth of deleted scenes. One sequence is an expansion of an end credits sequence that, without giving too much away, displays Pratt’s improvisational gift. Another deleted scene, which again is an extended version of a scene that’s in the film, offers up a bit more screen time to Mantis and it’s also worth a look if you’re a fan of the character.
Thankfully Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t suffer from the sophomore slump and as one of the end credits teased the Guardians will have an even more interesting villain to face them in the future.
Click on the media bar below to hear Zoe Saldana discuss Gamora’s bond with Star-Lord:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now out on Blu-ray.
Audiences love Zoe Saldana in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And Saldana loves playing Gamora, the green-skinned alien warrior. Well, she mostly loves playing Gamora. The one thing that gets a little tedious? The hours she has to spend getting her full body makeup applied on every shooting day. Since she’d gone through the process so many times for the first movie, was it easier for her to handle when she was shooting the sequel?
Zoe Saldana stars with Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is playing now in theaters throughout the galaxy.
Having already been part of the huge James Cameron film Avatar (and its succeeding sequels) and the Star Trek flicks, Zoe Saldana scored another creative hit with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. The sequel takes places three to four months after the events of the original, and Saldana was extremely happy to be reunited with her collaborators.
“Getting back to seeing everyone was the most exciting part of doing the sequel,” said Saldana. “I wasn’t looking forward to the five hours of green make-up. But it’s so funny, I never really did look forward to it but as soon as I was on set, I was happy and I would forget that I had been there since 2:30 in the morning. I always felt like I was playing with my friends, you know?”
Click on the media bar below to hear Saldana talk about Gamora’s special bond with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, co-starring Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, opens nationwide May 5.