A few weeks ago, rumors started to swirl about John C. Reilly joining the eclectic cast of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Deadline now reports that Reilly has been locked in to play Nova Corps leader Rhomann Dey in James Gunn's film.
Reilly is no stranger to the Disney brand, having voiced the title character in the studio's hit film Wreck-It Ralph. His role of Dey will most likely amount to a brief supporting performance as much of the focus will be on Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his crew which includes Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Yondu (Michael Rooker).
Guardians of the Galaxy is due in theaters August 1, 2014.
Speaking of Marvel, Walt Disney Pictures announced release dates for two untitled Marvel Studios movies. These two films will most likely be announced at Comic-Con next month.
The two release dates fall within the Phase Three segment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and both kick off the summer movie season for 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The release dates are May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been touting Doctor Strange as being part of their Phase Three plans. If we had to guess, the Sorcerer Supreme will nab the 2016 date.
The 2017 date is up for debate. It's a bit soon for a third Avengers movie. The date could bring another Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America or Guardians of the Galaxy movie or feature another Marvel superhero getting their first stand-alone film. Buzzed about properties on that front include Black Panther and The Inhumans.
Which two characters do you think will fall into those release dates?
From Marvel we move on to its longtime comic book competitor DC, who hopes to launch its own cinematic universe. Man of Steel kicks things off this weekend and despite mixed reviews, writer David Goyer has been talking about a Man of Steel sequel and a possible Justice League movie.
In an interview with Hey U Guys, Goyer said, "It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros. doesn't hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack [Snyder] has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris' Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven't had various conversations on set, around 'what if' and 'moving forward.' It's all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros. has hopes that there will be more Man of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception."
Goyer also talked with CraveOnline about Lex Luthor appearing in the Man of Steel universe.
"If Lex is going to exist in the world, we would presumably have to give him the same treatment that we gave Lois Lane in the first film, which is make him a credible character. He's gotta be a man of incredible intelligence, and presumably a man of incredible wealth and incredible resources."
Meanwhile, let's see how incredible the Man of Steel box office will be over the next few weekends.
Finally, with all that comic book movie stuff behind us, let's turn our attention to Star Wars. While there's no news on the movie front, we do know that Disney is continuing to capitalize on its recent LucasFilms acquisition.
Star Wars Land is reportedly headed for Walt Disney World in Orlando. The attraction would contain an expansion of the existing Star Tours attraction, a number of interactive areas including a full-size Mos Eisley Cantina, character meet and greets and possibly an all-new ride.
Construction will take place over a five-year span, though plans could be sped up to be completed in 2017 to meet the franchise's 40th anniversary, which would also coincide with the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII in theaters.