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“Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” concept art revealed

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Curious about what “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will look like? Well you’re in luck, because the folks over at Geek Zenith have uncovered some concept art of what Marvel is planning for the upcoming MCU: Phase Two movies.

The one image from the “Captain America” sequel shows Captain America fighting the titular Winter Soldier. There aren’t many spoilers here, but it is noteworthy that this fight is taking place on a road. It seems like the Avengers don’t have to hide anymore after the events of “The Avengers.”

The other three images all come from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and show a very different aesthetic from anything we’ve seen in the MCU before. The outer space world looks gorgeous, and the one image of the movie’s characters looks like it could have some straight out of “Star Wars.” Hopefully that ends up being a good thing, and “Guardians” doesn’t feel out of place in the Marvel film world.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Maximiliano Hernandez, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Emily VanCamp. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, it’s due in theaters on April 4, 2014.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due out on August 1, 2014. It’s directed by James Gunn and will star Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord. The roles of Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora have not been cast.

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” gains Maximiliano Hernandez as Agent Sitwell

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Maximiliano Hernandez will be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The actor played S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jasper Sitwell in “The Avengers” and the Marvel One-Shot “Item 47,” and now he’ll be reprising that role in the third MCU: Phase 2 film.

“So it’s a much bigger role in a much darker Cap Story. Lots of twists and turns. And lots secrets about the MCU revealed!” he tweeted (via ComingSoon.net), adding, “I can’t say much more or the Marvel cops will revoke my SHIELD clearance! Trust me u will all freak out in the theatre when all is revealed!”

When asked by a follower for some clarification, Hernandez said there will be a “new twist.”

Hernandez won’t be the only “The Avengers” star to be returning in “The Winter Soldier.” Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders are also expected to reprise their Marvel roles, while “Captain America: The First Avengers” stars Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones and Hayley Atwell are slated to return as well. Newcomers to the cast include Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Emily VanCamp. The movie is due out on April 4, 2014.

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Dave Bautista confirmed for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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Is WWE superstar Dave Bautista the next wrestler to make a name for himself in Hollywood? Based on the latest “Guardians of the Galaxy” casting news, the answer is a firm “yes.”

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Bautista will be stepping into the role of Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Marvel superhero film. The former World Heavyweight Champion has been rumored for the role (along with Brian Patrick Wade, Isaiah Mustafa and Jason Momoa) for some time now, but as the article states, Bautista has now officially “closed his deal.”

Although Bautista has appeared in films before (“The Man with the Iron Fists” and the direct-to-video “The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption,” being some of his most recent), none have been has high-profile as “Guardians.” He’ll also be starring in 2013’s “Riddick,” alongside Vin Diesel,” which, paired with “Guardians,” will be the one-two punch the wrestler needs to bump him up to the A list.

In “Guardians,” Bautista will be teaming up with “Parks and Recreations” star Chris Pratt, who will play the Star-Lord, to form a team of intergalactic superheroes. Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora – the remaining Guardians members – have not yet been cast.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” hits theaters August 1, 2014. James Gunn (“Super”) will direct.

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