We’ve got a bit more info now for The Wolverine, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Mad Max: Fury Road, as official plot synopses for the movies have been released, letting us know more about what direction they’ll be taking.
So here they are:
The Wolverine (via Hitfix): ‘Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.’
The comic arc they’re talking about is by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and helped reinvent the character for a new generation. Director James Mangold has also been tweeting about his inspiration, saying ‘movies I think about as I make #TheWolverine : Eastwood’s Josie Wales, Powell’s Back Narcissus, Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Marnie, Vertigo’, ‘more : Ozu’s Floating Weeds, Kurosawa’s High & Low, Polanski’s Chinatown, everything by Wong Kar Wai And Chris Doyle, Besson’s Professional.’
Mad Max: Fury Road: ‘Principal photography began July 9 on the dystopian action adventure Mad Max: Fury Road, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production written and directed by Mad Max creator and Academy Award winner George Miller (Happy Feet). The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
‘Mad Max: Fury Road – the fourth in the franchise’s history – stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa.
‘According to Miller, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”
‘Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) plays Toast, Riley Keough (Magic Mike) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer B. Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.’
Guardians Of The Galaxy (via It’s On The Grid): The film is ‘About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.’
It seems likely that the astronaut in question is Peter Quill, aka the character Star-Lord, who was pictured in the Guardians concept art released at Comic Con. The thing they’re looking for is likely either the Cosmic Cube or the Infinity Guantlet, both big power items in the Marvel Universe that have already either played in or been teased in Marvel Studios films. It’s also likely Thanos will appear in the movie.