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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Alternate Nebula Costume Shows Off More Blue Skin

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NebulaDoctor Who alum Karen Gillan doesn’t get nearly enough screen time in Marvel’s latest box office behemoth Guardians of the Galaxy, but she’s awesome when she shows up. Painted blue with a shaved head that caused quite the uproar among fans of her trademark red locks, she plays Nebula, adopted daughter of the villain Thanos (Josh Brolin). Between make up, prosthetics, and costumes, she creates an imposing figure—it doesn’t hurt matters at all that she is a total badass—but as you can see in this piece of concept art, she almost sported a different look.

In real world terms, this is really just a difference of outfit; the actual make up, applications, and whatnot still appear the same. The biggest change is really the that the clothes in this unused imagining of the character expose her belly to the world, showing not only her navel, but some more of the technological additions that have been made to her body over the years. Aside from that, the cuff around her neck is much higher, which is in line with some of her looks in the comics.

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Beyond Guardians: Four Cosmic Super-Teams We Want To See On The Big Screen

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GuardiansGuardians of the Galaxy has so far earned $313 million worldwide, proving that yes, Marvel can make a monster hit out of comics characters most audience members had never heard of prior to, well, the Guardians of the Galaxy marketing push. More importantly, moviegoers enthusiastically embraced an unapologetic space opera, something that hasn’t happened all that often outside of franchises with the word “Star” in the title. So, if the Guardians of the Galaxy can break box office records for an August opening, what other space-faring comic-book teams deserve their time in the spotlight?

Both of comics’ “Big Two” — Marvel and DC — have their own stables of space-faring cosmic characters, but which ones have the most cinematic potential? Hit the link to see our top picks!

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Comic Review: Odyssey Volume 1: History Lesson Is Like A Bizarro Captain America

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OdysseyIf you notice similarities between Captain America and the action and character in Odyssey Volume 1: History Lesson, there’s a very good reason for that. According to the forward by writer Dave Elliot, Odyssey is inspired by the public domain novel Gladiator by Philip Wylie. First published in 1930, the reportedly played a part in both the origins of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Cap, as well as Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster’s Superman. There are other influences in both to be sure, but Wylie is definitely one of the factors in play.

Odyssey is an interesting read, but it works best as a kind of bizarre Cap story, almost like an alternate history or version of the character. There’s something about it that is also reminiscent of Garth EnnisThe Boys in the way that it tries to show another, darker, seedier side of superhero life that is largely glossed over by your typical white knights in tights fare. The protagonist looks like Cap, and even goes through many of the same struggles with morality and grapples with the same issues.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Has Already Been Granted A Sequel

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ninja turtlesYes, I know that the image above does not come from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as Liebesman’s Turtles barely take the time to do any boy-ish celebrating like this. What the Michael Bay-produced reboot did do, however, is pack enough theaters this weekend to confirm to Paramount Pictures that they have a new Teenage Mutant Ninja franchise on their hands. Yes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is officially on the way. And Michael Bay is once again going to be the guiding light behind it. Call your favorite pizza place and ask them to just throw one in the garbage for you.

Paramount officially announced the sequel this morning, as the Ninja Turtles will presumably have earned around $65 million by the time this weekend is through. This is by far the biggest opening for any martial arts-learned reptiles, more than doubling the opening weekend for the 2007 animated film TMNT, and was more than the opening weekends for the first three Turtles films combined. (In fact, that film’s total domestic box office was only $54 million.) It’s no surprise—as the Platinum Dunes production was mired by controversy, from its alien origins to its inexplicable use of Megan Fox to its completely wasted cast of all stars—that pre-release buzz, however negative, combined with a prime end-of-summer release date to cram people of all ages into the theaters to see just how crazy this remake might get. Unfortunately, as I said in my review, it’s more boring and pandering than anything else, and nothing really worked.

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Unused John Alvin Poster Art For Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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Star TrekIf you’ve noticed that there’s been a ton of unused poster art for various classic movies floating around lately, it has a lot to do with the impending release of The Art of John Alvin, the legendary artist responsible for creating the iconic posters for the likes of Blade Runner, Gremlins, and Predator, among many others. The book doesn’t come out until August 26, but there’s even more to gawk at between now and then, including these two unused posters from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The 1991 film follows the crew of the Enterprise in a race against time after the Klingon moon Praxis explodes (Star Trek, as a franchise, is rather fond of blowing up entire planets), and they find themselves embroiled in a deep, militaristic conspiracy. The Undiscovered Country is also notable because it features Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) as the captain of his own Federation vessel, the USS Excelsior, something Takei talks about as an important moment in his personal and professional in the documentary To Be Takei.

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HBO’s Westworld Pilot Casts James Marsden In The Lead

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James MarsdenHBO is getting down to some serious casting business with their upcoming revamp of the 1973 Michael Crichton (written and directed and based on his own novel) theme park gone wrong tale Westworld. Now they’ve added a former superhero into the mix, as Cyclops himself, James Marsden, has joined the ever-expanding cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the X-Men star will play the lead role in the upcoming pilot for the cable giant. He will play a character named Teddy Flood, which I have to admit is a pretty awesome name for a protagonist in a proto-western. When the mystery man arrives in a small frontier town he makes an immediate impact, both with his winning personality and his proficiency with a sidearm. There’s also a love interest that supposedly “launches him on a dark odyssey.”