Guardians of the Galaxy is being produced and is set to be released August 1, 2014.
Well the director (and (re)writer) has been offically announced. I don't really know this director's work so I can't say too much about the choice. He's good friends with Joss Whedon so maybe that is a plus since they will be coordinating plenty of stuff. His IMDB profile also says he's an avid comic book reader. That's all I've got.
This is the Phase 2 movie I'm most worried about. I think it's because it's pretty ambitious and the characters aren't as well known as those in Phase 1. I'm excited for the eventual casting news and more info on the story.
Yeah, I think it could be spectacular or it could end up being too silly/out there for people to get into. Two of the main characters are a talking raccoon and a tree, which is a hard sell to people that aren't big sci-fi fans. Ant-Man isn't an A list character like Cap or Thor, but he's human so people won't blow it off as cheesy as quickly. I think both could be pretty awesome though, if done right!
I haven't been posting much info about this one.....the list of actors rumored for Star Lord is huge. It includes people like Joel Edgerton, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, James Marsden, Garret Hedlund, and a bunch of others.
The most recent rumor is a bit crazy. I think I could maybe see Carrey doing some performance capture work for Groot, but I think Sandler should not be allowed near this one. Marvel knows what they are doing, though. They've done very well so far with casting so until they prove otherwise I'll trust them to pick the right actors.
It looks like if your name happens to be Chris you have a good chance of appearing in a Marvel movie (or maybe at least a better chance than the other guys auditioning for the role!). Star Lord has been cast. It's funny, for both this and the female lead in CA:TWS the roles ended up going to someone who hadn't been previously rumored to be up for the part. I saw Moneyball but don't remember this guy (I would probably only recognize him if I watched it again with the intention of looking for him). He was also in Zero Dark Thirty (with Joel Edgerton, who was rumored to be up for Star Lord!)
It's kind of sad that we got more info about Guardians of the Galaxy at SDCC than we did from Thor:TDW. (BUT, the info for GOTG does make me pretty excited for next August!)
They even had some footage shown (and they just started filming!) and the new concept art with the characters drawn like the actors portraying them is pretty cool (notice the shadows behind them). Here's a similar article with a little different info.
This was a good interview as well. Apparently we're also supposed to get casting info on Groot and Rocket Raccoon "soon".
A little news - Vin Deisel is rumored to be up for the voice of Groot. Seems like a waste of high profile casting if all he says is "I am Groot!".
There was also someone that leaked the footage shown there (same footage as SDCC. The link I posted shows mostly just stills, but i'm sure there's the full thing out there somewhere). Keep in mind it's low quality and they had only been shooting for something like 12 days so it's all very early. I think Rocket Racoon looks pretty cool. The shot of him firing his gun is great! Green body paint is tricky to pull off so it will be interesting to see what the final product looks like, but Drax looks pretty good and Gamora is just ok to me (but that is based on crappy pics).