There are a slew of new super powered movies on the horizon, and studios are stepping up the hype game by releasing new images. From star spangled Avengers, to webbed wall crawlers and raccoons from space, comic books fans are going find 2014 a very satisfying year indeed.
First up is Captain American: The Winter Solider. The fine folks over at Marvel Studios seem to be on the right track with this edgy and somewhat darker Captain America story, as they continue to refine and define the classic character. New images released feature Cap in an outfit that screams “battle suit” instead of “costume”. This seems like a good choice, compared to the utilitarian outfit of his on screen nemesis, the Winter Solder (Sebastian Stan). The shot of the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) shows her out of costume but still ready for action as she run through the city streets. Of course, the image of Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford showcases a different kind of action as the two powerhouse actors square off.
The new image of the Winter Solider himself is perhaps the most promising, as it helps to show that directors Anthony and Joe Russo understand the nature of the character and have translated it well onto the big screen. The shot of him with Cap’s shield is an exercise in perfect iconography. A number of photos featuring these characters were released by Marvel, which you can scroll through below.
Sony is going to do everything it can to hold onto its mega million Marvel franchise, particularly with the growing demand for quality super hero fare. The Amazing Spider Man 2 boasts three villains, making the wall crawler’s hectic life interesting. The new shots of Jamie Foxx as Electro show that they’ve thrown away the four color yellow and green suit and went for a more modern appearance. Comic books fans are often extremely sensitive to these kind of changes but when they’re done well like this there’s really little room for complaint. Plus recent versions of the character have also adopted the blue lightning look, making it a bit easier to swallow.
Lastly, Guardians of the Galaxy might be the least known film in Marvel Studios upcoming slate but if the movie manages to live up to the imoressive line up shot of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Batista), and Groot (Vin Diesel), then fans will be in for a treat. The big question is how will non-fans react to one of the strangest super hero teams ever put together? Will this Marvel/Disney collaboration sink or swim? The verdict is still out.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in theaters April 14, The Amazing Spider Man 2 arrives May 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy drops on August 1.