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Guardians Of The Galaxy Almost Killed Off This Beloved Piece Of The Marvel Universe

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guardians-galaxy-movie-trailer-humorEvery piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closely linked to every other one, which creates one massive, sprawling world where events in one title ripple across all the others, like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier helped make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. good. So when you kill a character in one movie, they’re dead in all of them. Guardians of the Galaxy added a few new wrinkles to the MCU, taking it out into deep space, but they almost did something that would have sent shockwaves through the entire program: they almost killed Stan Lee.

That was the plan anyway. You’re well aware that the Marvel Comics legend has a cameo in every Marvel movie, even the ones that aren’t really Marvel movies, and waiting for him to pop up is part of the fun. Sure, he plays a different character in each film, so you could totally get away with killing him off in one movie without impacting the rest of the world, but it might irreparably damage the psyche of fans out there.

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Disney Refused Stan Lee’s Original Guardians Of The Galaxy Cameo

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stan leeMarvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is, in addition to being the top domestic box office earner of 2014, a movie full of crazy characters, distant settings, and enough strangeness to fill at least a couple of giant spaceships. But, for all of the outlandish creatures and cameos, there is one that parent company Disney gave director James Gunn and company a hard no on. By now you probably know that comic legend Stan Lee shows up in every Marvel movie, and Guardians is no exception. Disney, however, weren’t about to let him do what he was originally slated to do.

Talking to Collider at Dragon Con recently, Gunn, and his brother Sean, who appears in the movie, dished on what they originally had in store for Lee. In the movie we all saw in theaters, Lee is credited as “Xandarian Ladies Man,” and is basically shown for a brief moment hitting on women on the planet of Xandar, hence the moniker. What Gunn originally had planned, however, was something with a little bit more edge to hit. The report reads:

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Stan Lee Does Have A Guardians Of The Galaxy Cameo, That Sneaky Rascal

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stan leeIf you ever find yourself in a romantic relationship with Marvel Comics and it tells you that it’s pregnant with your baby, you can be damned sure it’s just a trick to throw you off of the truth, which is that it’s actually a comic company disguised as a woman. The river of misinformation usually revolves around the amount of villains a movie has, but this instance involves Marvel mastermind Stan Lee’s cameos in the comic giant’s films over the years. Lee had previously said that he definitely wouldn’t appear in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but now the 91-year-old cat has been let out of the bag and Lee has confirmed he’ll be keeping the streak alive after all.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy LEGO Set Is Coming, But No Stan Lee Cameo In The Film

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ShipWith the Super Bowl XLVIII in a few weeks, Hollywood movie studios will push their biggest and brightest of their upcoming slates to the American public. We know that Transformers: Age of Extinction is planning to premiere some footage during the big game, but it’s also likely that Disney and Marvel will introduce Guardians of the Galaxy to many, many people all around the world during the Super Bowl. Another way Marvel will introduce the cosmic team of peacekeepers to the public is through LEGO toy sets.

According to Bleeding Cool, Marvel is planning to release a few Guardians toy sets through LEGO. While it’s unclear who or what the sets will feature, rumor has it that they will include Star-Lord’s sentient vessel called “Ship” (pictured above) The mini-figures inside would include the whole team — Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper). No word if the film’s supporting cast will be represented, including Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly), and Nova Prime, or any of the villains — Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), The Collector (Benicio del Toro), and Nebula (Karen Gillan). So when will these LEGO sets be released? According to Bleeding Cool, they’ll be introduced sometime around the upcoming New York Toy Fair in February.

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Harlan Ellison & Stan Lee Visit The Simpsons: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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EllisonDid you know that The Simpsons is still on? I know, it’s hard to believe. And honestly, it pains me to make that joke about a show that used to be one of the best on television, but whose longevity has come at the price of seriously diminishing returns. But tonight, for the first time since I sampled one of the Halloween specials and ran screaming into the night a couple of seasons back, I will be setting my DVR to record Fox’s ridiculously long-lived animated sitcom. The reason for that comes down to two names: Harlan Ellison and Stan Lee.

Yes, tonight’s Simpsons — entitled “Married to the Blob” — will feature cameos by both legendary speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison and Stan the Man himself. You can see a preview vid from The Hollywood Reporter below, with Ellison and Lee talking about their appearance in the show. For Lee it’s a return voyage, as he previously popped up in the 2002 episode “I Am Furious (Yellow).” Lee jokes, “I was here 12 years ago, and I think I impressed them so that after 12 years, they figured they had to have me back.” Both icons are playing themselves, and Ellison looks to be proving a good sport by poking fun at his often litigious reputation.

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Fear Of Giant Robots? Wired’s Mecha-Beast Will Scare You To Death At Comic-Con

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mech comic-conThe Giant Freakin’ Robot staff would like to take this moment and ask everyone to join us in a standing ovation for the guys from WIRED for creating the most incredible example of cosplay ever exhibited. And while their Freakin’ Robot, which they call the WIRED Mech isn’t giant in a relative-to-Pacific Rim‘s Jaegers kind of way, this 9.5-toot-tall, 400-pound behemoth would gut punch me into tomorrow if it heard me talking bad about it. Unleashing this hulking menace of a costume at Comic-Con 2013, WIRED is obviously dead set on both eventual robotic dictatorship and making a lot of people giggle nervously as their brains imagine a futuristic world with these things walking around everywhere. That is before their tyranny begins and all humans are vaporized out of existence.

After the WIRED guys conceived the idea, they got the masters at the Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects to turn it into a massive, technically-sound robot, controlled by a human standing inside. Far more complicated than a costume gag on Scooby-Doo, the Mech and its 12-foot wingspan incorporates an extremely precise control system, so that the bot is a walking representation of the pilot himself. And since you can’t have something this large demand the end of humanity with the voice of a human itself, there’s some vocal distortion.