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Marvel Comics news: "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Big Hero 6", and Waid off Hulk

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New "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer emerges!

With less than three months before the next Marvel Studios feature hits the box office, the promotional engine has been revved. To this end, not only was a new poster for "Guardians of the Galaxy" available online, but a new two and a half minute trailer has been posted online yesterday. The trailer gives more glimpses at Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), as well as the look of the "space epic" universe they inhibit. Also glimpsed are Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael, and a consistent tone which blends adventure with snark ridden humor. Directed by James Gunn, it debuts August 1st and remains the biggest gamble Marvel Studios has made in the box office since 2008's "Iron Man".

First glimpse at Disney's animated "Big Hero 6" revealed; trailer is immanent!

Ever since Disney purchased Marvel Comics in 2009 and the deal become official in 2010, it remained a matter of time before the "house of Mouse" would mine their deep wells of intelligence properties for an animated project. After all, many fans consider 2004's "The Incredibles" to be a better "Fantastic Four" film than any effort put forth by Fox. Disney's first choice, however, is either inspired or odd; a CGI animated adaptation of "Big Hero 6". Having been announced in 2012, the film will hit theaters November 7th, and some of the first fully rendered screen shots have been revealed online. A full trailer has been promised at the end of the week.

Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the film seems not just inspired by the original property as created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, but by the 2008 mini series as written by legendary "Uncanny X-Men" writer Chris Claremont. It centers around the fictional city of "San Frantokyo" (because basing the team in either Tokyo or San Francisco despite them being Japanese based in the comics was too complex for Disney) and around teenage genius Hiro Hamada (formerly Hiro Takachiho) altering his friendly robot pal Baymax into becoming an armored hero and helping out a motley band of other heroes. They include Go Go Tomago (voiced by Jamie Chung), "Fredzilla" (voiced by T.J. Miller) alongside Honey Lemon and combat chef Wasabi-No-Ginger. Ginger and Fred were co-creations from the Claremont run. Maya Randolph has also been confirmed in an unknown role.

One can imagine this was produced to perform strongly overseas (especially in Asian markets), despite offering somewhat stereotypical characters. The animated short, "Feast", will also be shown along with the film itself this fall.

Mark Waid set to leave "Hulk" this summer!

After some two years, Mark Waid is planning his exit from working on the main book of the "jade giant". Having written "Indestructible Hulk" since 2012, the series has since been relaunched as "Hulk" due to lagging sales and a bit of a slapdash run (where Waid's ideas kept having to fit into crossover schemes). His run hasn't hit the sales highs of previous runs nor has it hit a stride of consistent critical praise as his "Daredevil" run. As of August's fifth issue, Gerry Duggan will take over writing duties on the series. The "Nova" and "Deadpool" writer plans an arc called "Omega Hulk" which will feature "everyone who has ever been a Hulk", which was something Waid sought to avoid from the Jeph Loeb tenure on the franchise. Longtime Marvel artist Mark Bagley will continue handling the art for the series.

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