Marvel News Round Up

The Guardians of the Galaxy has found two more cast members, tapping Lee Pace, most recently glimpsed in The Hobbit, but better known as his role as the Pie Maker on Pushing Daisies, and Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Poppers Penguins) to play potential villains in the film. Ms. Lovibond was initially described as playing "an aide to a near-immortal being called The Collector" before it was removed. Pace, who was heavily favoured for the role of Star Lord, which went to Chris Pratt, impressed Marvel so much they moved him into a primary villainous role, assumed to be that of either the Controller, or the Collector (a supposed copy error has resulted in both characters being interchanged in multiple reports). Disturbingly, this means that the heroic Guardians will be played by Americans, while the baddies will be played by Brits. It is a sad state of affairs when casting lines can still be drawn between what sounds foreign to the majority audience, and what doesn't.

James Gunn has yet to announce anyone in the roles of Groot the Space-Ent, or Rocket Raccoon, but has said this on the furry team mate: "it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone." It's interesting that he's insisting Rocket is the heart of the movie, and not the comedic relief or easily pushy toy-able critter, and yet the only casting rumours we've heard so far have been Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler, the sort of folks you'd cast if Rocket needed to do impressions of late 80's politicians, or make fart jokes the entire film. Hopefully, Gunn is being honest here, because I think making Rocket the comic relief is a bit obvious, and I'd be happy to see him have a bit of substance. But a lot of that substance is going to come from choosing the right voice actor to play the role, and I think they can do a lot better then they've seen thus far.

Elsewhere in the MCU, Kevin Feige has confirmed that the rights to Daredevil, Kingpin and Bullseye, have reverted to marvel, and are now available to Disney for inclusion in Phase 3. The Elektra rights remains a little more complicated, as they wouldn't naturally revert for another year (due to the release date of the Elektra spin off film), though its possible FOX returned those rights willingly when they release Matt Murdock. While I highly doubt we'll see Daredevil in any future Avengers films, or in a stand alone film of his own for some time, as I have previously suggested, if Agents of SHIELD is a success, Daredevil might be a more interesting presence on television then on film.

Via Gamma Squad, and /Film, and again. Twice.
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