The Guardians of the Galaxy will be in the fourth Thor movie, Vin Diesel has confirmed. He also said there won’t be a baby or teenage Groot in the upcoming Guardians Volume III movie, but an “Alpha Groot” — but didn’t specify which version of the character will appear in Thor : Love and Thunder.
“The director talked to me about
Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Diesel told CNET sister site Comicbook.com Monday. “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”
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We last saw Thor taking off with Star Lord, Rocket, Groot, Drax and the other guardians at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
“I only have two words about that character and it is ‘Alpha Groot,'” Diesel added about Guardians of the Galaxy Volume III. “I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park.”
It follows news last week that
Christian Bale would be playing the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie and the new king of Asgard following the events of Endgame, said she’s read the script and there’ve been “lots of excited text messages” between her and Lady Thor, Natalie Portman.
Thor: Love and Thunder is being directed by Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi’s Korg character will also be back for the new movie. It’ll have two Thors, played by Chris Hemsworth and Portman. The release date is set for Nov. 5, 2021.
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The scene from “Thor: Ragnarock” (2017) where Thor (Chris Hemsworth, L) finds out he is about to fight the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is popular among fans for Thor’s dialogue – “We know each other. He is a friend from work!”
Hemsworth later revealed the origin of that line in an interview to Entertainment Weekly. The actor said, “We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid on set that day. He goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work’.”
Before taking on the role of Captain America, Chris Evans starred in an earlier Marvel superhero movie. He played Johnny Storm (L) (aka the Human Torch) in “Fantastic Four” (2005) and its sequel “Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007).
Meanwhile, another ex-“Fantastic Four” actor – Michael B. Jordan, who played the same character in a 2015 reboot – returned to the Marvel universe as supervillain Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther” (2018).
“Ant-Man” (2015) was in development for over two decades before it finally saw the light of day. The idea was first pitched by legendary comic-book writer Stan Lee in the late 1980s. It was initially scrapped as the premise was too similar to the 1989 family-comedy “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” starring Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer and Marcia Strassman.
J.A.R.V.I.S, the artificial intelligence that helps run Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) home and the Iron Man program in the “Iron Man” series (2008-), is an acronym. It expands to – Just Another Rather Very Intelligent System.
Unlike Ant-Man’s suit, Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket costume in the 2015 film doesn’t exist; it is made entirely from Computer Generated Imaging (CGI).
The image of Captain America shown in the animated title sequence at the start of all Marvel films is taken from the front cover of the “Captain America #1” edition, which was released in 1941.
The Iron Man suit which is worn by Downey, Jr., consists of some 450 pieces and weighs over 90 pounds (40.8 kilograms).
Lee (R), the co-creator of superheroes like Iron Man, Black Panther and the Hulk, wanted to play Odin in “Thor: The Dark World” (2013). However, the role went to Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins, who reprised the character in “Thor: Ragnarock.”
Edward Norton, who played Bruce Banner/The Hulk in “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) reportedly wrote a sizable portion of the film’s script but was not credited for the contribution.
Jeremy Renner trained with Olympic archers to prepare for his role of Hawkeye in “The Avengers” series (2012-). The character is ambidextrous in the comics, so Renner, who is left-handed, had to learn to shoot with both hands.
“X-Men” (2000-) series star Hugh Jackman was offered another Marvel superhero character – Iron Man. However, he turned down the role and it went to Downey, Jr.
Fans look forward to Lee’s cameos in Marvel films, like those in “Iron Man” (2008) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014, pictured). However, there are several releases which don’t include an appearance from the legendary artist, such as “The Punisher” (2004), “Ghost Rider” (2007) and “X-Men: First Class” (2011).
Lee died aged 95 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Nov. 12, 2018.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Robin John Blake in “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), was considered for the title role in “Ant-Man” before it went to Paul Rudd (pictured). Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody also expressed an interest in the role.
Did you know Evans turned down the role of Captain America several times before the production team finally convinced him to play the role?
Scarlett Johansson was so excited about playing Black Widow in “Iron Man 2” (2010) that she dyed her hair red even before she officially signed for the film.
Sam Rockwell received acclaim for playing villain Justin Hammer in “Iron Man 2” but there was a time the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star was considered for the lead role.
Tom Hiddleston reportedly drew inspiration for the role of Loki from actors Jack Nicholson, Peter O’Toole and Clint Eastwood.
The short-list of actors to play the role of Thor came down to two Hemsworth brothers – Chris (R) and Liam. The latter went on to star in the “Hunger Games” (2013-15) series, as well “The Expendables 2” (2012).
Jon Favreau, who played Happy Hogan in the “Iron Man” series, also directed the first two films.
Celebrated director Quentin Tarantino was in the running to make the first “Iron Man” film.
Rachel McAdams (pictured) was the original choice to play Pepper Potts in “Iron Man” but she turned down the offer and it went to Gwyneth Paltrow.
The scene in “The Avengers” where Stark offers Bruce Banner (L) blueberries, was unscripted; Downey, Jr. used to hide food around the set and started eating the berries while filming for the scene.
The Mandarin, the villain in “Iron Man 3” (2013) played by Sir Ben Kingsley, was inspired by Colonel Kurtz, essayed by legendary actor Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” (1979).
“The Avengers” was the first Marvel film to make $1 billion in ticket sales.
Downey, Jr. likes to collect props from his films and he joked about taking home the “A” – from Stark Tower – from “The Avengers” set. So, the producers gifted it to him after the movie was completed.
Black Panther’s homeland – Wakanda – might be fictional but its language is not. In the 2018 film, the characters speak Xhosa, a South African language spoken by eight million people.
In “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014), director James Gunn’s (L) brother, Sean Gunn, had two roles – one as Ravager Kraglin and the second to provide motion capture cues for Rocket Raccoon.
In “Black Panther,” Killmonger’s dreadlocks were incorporated “to stay true to the original character’s long hair as much as possible and make it as modern as we could,” according to Jordan, who played the character.
Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who made their Marvel debuts in “Black Panther” as Nakia and M’Baku, respectively, are both alums of the Yale School of Drama.
“We saw the first Avengers movie together and had wondered if we’d ever get to a be in a movie like that — such a big budget,
crazy vehicle with special effects and tons of funny, cool people that you admire,” Duke recalled in 2017.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) star Tom Holland landed himself in hot water for revealing plot lines during press junkets for that film. As a result, producers banned him from reading the script for “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) before filming began.
It took the visuals effects team two years to create the dancing scene of Baby Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017).
Captain Marvel was all set to make an appearance in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015) but the scene was later scrapped due to timing issues.
In February 2019, Jackman was awarded a Guinness World Records certificate for Longest Career as a Live Action Marvel Superhero. He has played Logan/Wolverine on 10 different occasions and for a total of 16 years.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is still in the works, but its
release date is unknown. The Guardians have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.