Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Begins Production

Atlanta has another reason to celebrate those favorable tax laws, because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just started production, and the heavy-hitters behind the massive success nixed Los Angeles in favor of The Peach State’s Pinewood Studios. Written and directed by James Gunn, the second film will welcome the return of its starring cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista. This time around they will “unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.” Expect the Marvel offering on May 5, 2017. Here’s hoping they surpass that pesky $770 million they got the first time.

Movie Review: The Avengers

Joss Whedon is a genius. He not only made a great film, but he also successfully reinvigorated four suffering franchises. That’s an epic move for Marvel, who will now be able to capitalize on the missteps of other directors, who caused significant damage to Hollywood’s biggest money-makers (see ‘Iron Man 2’ and Edward Norton’s ‘The Hulk’). The plot might actually be less important than the dialogue. All you need to know is someone is trying to destroy the world, and The Avengers are commissioned to prevent it. Their unity proves to be a hilariously difficult task, and they often spend more time fighting each other than the enemy. Does it get better than Iron Man insulting Thor’s dated manner of speaking, or everyone insulting The Hulk’s awful temper? The beauty of this film is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s an action film worth every penny, which is something difficult to achieve in such an ailing economy.


Judge Throws out Shareholder Lawsuit Against Marvel and Stan Lee

A federal judge dismissed the case against Marvel Entertainment, Inc and Stan Lee.  The issue surrounding the lawsuit began in 1988, when Stan Lee transferred rights to the Marvel characters to Walt Disney Co.  The judge ruled that the shareholders bringing the lawsuit lacked standing to sue, as they acquired their shares in 1999, which is a year after conduct in question occurred.  He also said that the shareholders waited too long to enforce their rights, because they sued more than 10 years after the transfer.