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Plus new names for Cap 2 and Thor 2

15 July 2012  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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It's been one of the worst-kept secrets in the business, but Marvel today confirmed Guardians of The Galaxy as their August 2014 movie. Marvel overlord Kevin Feige wasted no time in unveiling the cosmic superteam just minutes into the studio’s Hall H preview panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.

He did so with a slide showing the Guardians' leader, Rocket Raccoon, and then went on to confirm that the relatively little-known comic would be the next to get the big-screen treatment. In a bold move, considering that the film is two years out, Feige also confirmed the line-up of the team:

Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos.

Drax The Destroyer, an incredibly powerful alien whose sole purpose in life is to destroy Thanos.

Groot, a super-smart living plant who can regenerate himself even when reduced to something as small as a branch.

Rocket Racoon, the leader of the Guardians, a talking, bipedal space raccoon who is also an expert marksman.

Star-Lord, a former Earth astronaut called Peter Quill who becomes a super-powered galactic cop. Shades of Green Lantern, but without the magical power ring. He forms the new Guardians.

All very intriguing, even if there’s a slim chance that Graham Chapman’s Monty Python major could show up and bellow, “Now stop that, this is silly.”

But one man’s silly is another man’s bold, and there’s no doubt that Marvel is taking a risk with this. The relaunch of Guardians Of The Galaxy, on which the film will be based, was cancelled in 2010, after just 25 issues. But there’s method to their apparent madness: as you can see, at least two members of the team have grudges against Thanos, the big bad introduced at the end of The Avengers.

Conventional wisdom indicated that Thanos would be set aside as the Big Bad for either Thor 2 or The Avengers 2, but it’s hard to see anyone but Thanos taking the villain role in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Certainly, there’s no doubt that the movie will be the most fantastical Marvel movie yet, which may explain why Feige has gone so early with the announcement, to prep audiences for a movie that a) has a title few will know and b) has a talking raccoon as a major character. But a talking raccoon with a gun. Big difference.

Marvel have already unveiled concept art. As of yet, there’s no word on plot, cast, or director, but to us this seems like a deliberate attempt to further broaden the scale and scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one, that’s for sure.

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Your Comments

This...this sounds terrible
Really enjoyed Marvel's output so far, and have been pleasantly surprised at how well the stand-alone films have tied in to the overall Avengers arc. But I'm going to take some persuading to see a movie carried by a Bucky O'Hare reject. If I have to sit through a movie starring early-morning TV cartoon characters from my childhood, I'm voting for Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Only Jayce can save us from the Monster Minds! More

Posted by gregoire at 09:08 on 06 February 2013 | Report This Post

Guardians Of The Galaxy?
It sounds like something I'd expect to see on early morning children's TV? I wonder what colour power ranger they will fight? More

Posted by Doogle82 at 19:34 on 17 August 2012 | Report This Post

And here was me thinking it was going to be the original line-up of Charlie 27, Yondu, Martinex & Major Vance Astro! Now that would make a great movie! Think about it...the Badoon conquer the universe, with only these 4 the only survivors of their entire planet left to fight them...they could even recruit Starhawk & Nikki along the way! Sounds better to me that (no offense) Rocket Raccon? More

Posted by Hattertim at 00:22 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

hang on, so is this film going to be fully CG Animated or live Action with A LOT of CG characters? More

Posted by Moronifighter at 15:37 on 16 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Groot, a super-smart living plant who can regenerate himself even when reduced to something as small as a branch
That "first of Summer" date helped Avengers quite a lot. More

Posted by davewill at 03:43 on 16 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Groot, a super-smart living plant who can regenerate himself even when reduced to something as small as a branch
Yes, i think it is not Swamp Thing More

Posted by duchung304 at 01:56 on 16 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Groot, a super-smart living plant who can regenerate himself even when reduced to something as small as a branch
NO, not at all like Swamp Thing. Groot is a sentient tree, Swamp Thing is a avatar of nature possessed by the spirit of a human. TOTALLY different. More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:34 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

If Michael Bay can have a Planet of Turtles...
... Kevin Feige can have a Planet of Raccoons. S'only fair. More

Posted by IamtheGoblin at 16:15 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post


Posted by leemours84 at 14:03 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

Groot, a super-smart living plant who can regenerate himself even when reduced to something as small as a branch
You mean a bit like Swamp Thing? More

Posted by Simon124 at 11:03 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

None of their 2014 line-up slotted for a May release. That "first of Summer" date helped Avengers quite a lot. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 10:10 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

Oh god. That sounds terrible... However, I have faith in Marvel. More

Posted by Magyk at 09:26 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

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