Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Is Actually Happening

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Is Actually Happening

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The director of Super and Slither will be bringing the quirky space opera story to the silver screen.

Superheroes are not exactly run-of-the-mill normal characters. You've got your uber-patriot jumped up on super serum in Captain America, your genius doctor who turns into a massive green monster when he's mad and you've got your super-rich playboy genius with a weird power source keeping him alive, and that's just some of the cast of the Avengers. But the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty out there: there's a raccoon, a tree and an insect, to name a few. And after rumors of a film adaptation building on the success of Avengers and an official announcement at San Diego Comic Con this past year, James Gunn announced via his Facebook page today that he is on board to direct the film adaptation.

James Gunn previously directed Slither and Super and he's working directly with Joss Whedon on adapting the Guardians so that it matches up in line with the Marvel film continuity.

"Last night I got the go-ahead from [Marvel Studios' Producer] Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I am rewriting and directing Guardians of the Galaxy," Gunn said. "As a lifelong lover of Marvel comics, space epics, AND raccoons, this is the movie I've been waiting to make since I was nine years old."

Gunn said the process is still in its earliest stage but he accepted the challenge with gusto. "Kevin, Joss, and all the folks at Marvel have been amazing collaborators so far, and we're committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited," he gushed.

For those of you unsure of exactly who the Guardians of the Galaxy are, the motley group of heroes includes Bug, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Star-Lord in the recent 2008 reboot of the story. Their main antagonist is Thanos, who you might remember from the credit sequence in Whedon's Avengers earlier this year. Guardians of the Galaxy is planned for an August 2014 release, and Thanos might end up being the tie-in to that larger story.

In any case, as a comics-outsider who is fascinated by the lore of the Marvel Universe, I'm excited to receive more of that information in movie-form rather than having to chase down spare copies of every comic made to man. Or get trapped in an endless Wikipedia feedback loop ...

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So THAT'S why Rocket Raccoon and Nova was in UMVC3!
Oh Mahvel Baybee, you so crazy!

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This is a thing, apparently?

A raccoon, a tree, and an insect. That sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. And this is going to share continuity with the likes of Downing Jr.'s Tony Stark?

Um... OK, but... wow... just.. wow....

....There is so much awesome right now...

The success/failure of this movie could have a large impact on the film industry; every movie does, really, but if something this off-the-wall can make money, more weird/crazy/fun movies will get produced
So let's not pull a Scott Pilgrim here & actually show up this time, k guys?

This sounds good and all but why must I be denied my Doctor Strange movie? The time they take to make this movie is time and money that could be used for Doctor Strange. Why do you hate me Marvel? WHY!?

I'd LOVE to see this movie do as well as Thor, or Captain America.

Maybe THEN we'd get a movie with Ms Marvel or something.

Zombie_Moogle:
The success/failure of this movie could have a large impact on the film industry; every movie does, really, but if something this off-the-wall can make money, more weird/crazy/fun movies will get produced
So let's not pull a Scott Pilgrim here & actually show up this time, k guys?

Well said. Before Thor came out people thought that it would be too outlandish for a God to go toe-to-toe with Iron Man or Captain America. Let's prove them wrong again.

Tanis:
I'd LOVE to see this movie do as well as Thor, or Captain America.

Maybe THEN we'd get a movie with Ms Marvel or something.

There's always the inevitable Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I love how many people condemn some of the weirder comic book stuff right off the bat. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best books Marvel has published in the last decade. Will it translate to the silver screen? I fucking hope so.

Diablo1099:
So THAT'S why Rocket Raccoon and Nova was in UMVC3!
Oh Mahvel Baybee, you so crazy!

Nova wasn't a member of the GOTG, they just tend to team up for the last couple of non-Earth based big events along with a bunch of other space characters like Galactus, Surfer, Ronan, Gladiator, etc. So it's pretty unlikely that he'll be in this movie. Not that I would complain if he was made a member, that would be sweet and to put it nicely, their roster could use the extra name recognition.

Awesome! Hope they keep Rocket Raccoon's Cockney Accent from UMvC3!
Will admit, I'm not too familar with Guardians of The Galaxy but a movie, let alone a Marvel one, featuring a Gun-toting Raccoon who's an active member of the team who's not just there to appeal to the kiddies has got to be worth checking out!

Gizmo1990:
This sounds good and all but why must I be denied my Doctor Strange movie? The time they take to make this movie is time and money that could be used for Doctor Strange. Why do you hate me Marvel? WHY!?

From what I've heard the second Thor movie is going to have ties with Doctor Strange.
It's going under the title Thor: The Dark World so there's a good chance that the villain may be Dormammu

Tiamattt:

Diablo1099:
So THAT'S why Rocket Raccoon and Nova was in UMVC3!
Oh Mahvel Baybee, you so crazy!

Nova wasn't a member of the GOTG, they just tend to team up for the last couple of non-Earth based big events along with a bunch of other space characters like Galactus, Surfer, Ronan, Gladiator, etc. So it's pretty unlikely that he'll be in this movie. Not that I would complain if he was made a member, that would be sweet and to put it nicely, their roster could use the extra name recognition.

Really? Huh, just the Diologue between the two said otherwise.

Nova (Win quote against RR):
"Don't worry, I'll tell the other Guardians you put up a good fight. I'll Lie."

Still, those two strange choices make more sense now.

In regards to Thanos I hope they do Mistress Death well. Since they probably can have her actually be the embodiment of death I am hoping they have her be the focus of a cult which claims she is and make the truth of her origins and nature very unclear

Baron von Blitztank:
Awesome! Hope they keep Rocket Raccoon's Cockney Accent from UMvC3!
Will admit, I'm not too familar with Guardians of The Galaxy but a movie, let alone a Marvel one, featuring a Gun-toting Raccoon who's an active member of the team who's not just there to appeal to the kiddies has got to be worth checking out!

Gizmo1990:
This sounds good and all but why must I be denied my Doctor Strange movie? The time they take to make this movie is time and money that could be used for Doctor Strange. Why do you hate me Marvel? WHY!?

From what I've heard the second Thor movie is going to have ties with Doctor Strange.
It's going under the title Thor: The Dark World so there's a good chance that the villain may be Dormammu

You good sir and/or madam have just made my day.

To me it all depends on if Captain America 2 and Thor 2 are able to break the $500 million worldwide. If they can't, even after the success of the Avengers this film will bomb hard because I have my doubts on how much comic book weirdness the movie going public will take. This film if it does bomb could maybe be enough to kill the entire MCU project short of Ironman and Avengers films.

Lets remember for all of the so called obscurity of Ironman, Thor and Captain America were said to have had before there movie success those characters had appeared on TV before in there own cartoons plus in Ironman's case cameos in the popular 90's Spiderman cartoon while Thor did appear in a Hulk TV movie that while not good were rerun alot back in the early 90's enough to introduce the charcter to the comic book illiterate general audience.

Diablo1099:

Tiamattt:

Diablo1099:
So THAT'S why Rocket Raccoon and Nova was in UMVC3!
Oh Mahvel Baybee, you so crazy!

Nova wasn't a member of the GOTG, they just tend to team up for the last couple of non-Earth based big events along with a bunch of other space characters like Galactus, Surfer, Ronan, Gladiator, etc. So it's pretty unlikely that he'll be in this movie. Not that I would complain if he was made a member, that would be sweet and to put it nicely, their roster could use the extra name recognition.

Really? Huh, just the Diologue between the two said otherwise.

Nova (Win quote against RR):
"Don't worry, I'll tell the other Guardians you put up a good fight. I'll Lie."

Still, those two strange choices make more sense now.

Like I said they worked together quite a bit, and Nova known most of the roster for a long time. But that's different from being on the same team. And you can have Spiderman say that line while replacing the word "Guardian" with "X-men" when he beats Wolverine/Storm/Phoenix and it would still work just as well.

Tiamattt:
Like I said they worked together quite a bit, and Nova known most of the roster for a long time. But that's different from being on the same team. For example you can have Spiderman say that line while replacing the word "Guardian" with "X-men" when he beats Wolverine/Storm/Phoenix and it would still work just as well.

Alright, fair enough, just note I've never heard of these 2 before UMVC3.
But now that I do, this movie has got my interest.

Rocket raccoon... Marvel movie... Sold.

Capatcha: Skynet is watching... Oh dear.

I just did a spit take and now have to clean my monitor... and Joss is involved in the script work. I'm already in the theater.

First off, if you haven't, track down Marvel's "Annihilation" epic. It's available in graphic novel form, and it's possibly the best comic stories Marvel has told in nearly 10 years, and it took C-list heroes like Starlord, Nova, and Drax and turned them into triple-A heroes.

Also, yeah, let's support this. No "Scott Pilgrim" no-shows for this, please. The Guardians of the Galaxy may not have the name recognition of Spider-man, but they're some of the greatest heroes Marvel has had, and if the movie does them justice, they can have all my money. *fingers crossed*

I've known about this for a while, but am still not sure whether or not it's going to tie in to the current movie 'Avengers' canon. I'm really excited for it :D

Ohhhhhh, that's where that raccoon came from! I always wondered what he was doing in UMvC3...

Anyway, I find it hard to take the movie seriously, regardless of the team's awesomeness. I mean, you got the REAL cast from the Avengers, real actors who are pretty good at it, and then you got these animated heroes...I don't know, it sounds like avatar all over again; me trying to take those blue guys seriously (Then again, videogames get a positive response out of me so..).

Oh, and I assume that if the movie does well, there's gonna be a crossover. Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy together, right? And then you'll have Bobby Downing Jr. talking to a nonexistent raccoon..

Yeah, I'm truly skeptical. But whatever, time will tell..

I would love this. I have always wanted their more galactic oriented heroes and villains to get more spotlight. It's really too bad Fox owns the right to the Silver Surfer since a tie in there is a given.

I wish they could do a full blown Infinity Gauntlet movie, that would be the most epic thing they could do. They already introduced Thanos who is a major player on things that tend to be so much bigger than Iron Man, Captain America or even Thor are accustomed to taking on.

Since when was Thanos their main-enemy??

Baresark:
I wish they could do a full blown Infinity Gauntlet movie, that would be the most epic thing they could do. They already introduced Thanos who is a major player on things that tend to be so much bigger than Iron Man, Captain America or even Thor are accustomed to taking on.

They'd already dealt with Korvac and a ton of others similar to him before the Infinity Gauntlet came around.

newwiseman:
I just did a spit take and now have to clean my monitor... and Joss is involved in the script work. I'm already in the theater.

If they keep grabbing Joss to help with stories I'll just write them a check now

llagrok:
Since when was Thanos their main-enemy??

Baresark:
I wish they could do a full blown Infinity Gauntlet movie, that would be the most epic thing they could do. They already introduced Thanos who is a major player on things that tend to be so much bigger than Iron Man, Captain America or even Thor are accustomed to taking on.

They'd already dealt with Korvac and a ton of others similar to him before the Infinity Gauntlet came around.

It's true. They deal with massive epic universe spanning villains. They were clearly instrumental in the Annihilation Conquest story line. They deal with huge epic villains. The movies studios are always afraid to go so expansive with story lines though.

James Gunn is directing Guardians of the Galaxy.

*burp*

*gurgle*

Lord Beautiful:
James Gunn is directing Guardians of the Galaxy.

*burp*

*gurgle*

Still surprising, but hey, I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Never heard of these guys.
But what could possibly go wrong with a giant bug and an Ent hunting down space pirates?

Marvel's what of the what?
This is the first time they've dipped into something so obscure that I've never even heard of it, and I thought I knew marvel pretty well.

Have Grasshopper do the video game adaptation.

:3

If it wasnt for UMVC3 i wouldn't even know what a Rocket Raccoon is, and now there is a movie where he will make an appearance.

I'll get to learn more about this trap log! XD

It was pretty clear (at least for some members on the SRK forums) that the UMvC3 inclusions of Rocket Raccoon for instance were signs of a movie being in the works, so I can't say I'm surprised (for me the surprise was having RR in the game's roster).

Gizmo1990:
This sounds good and all but why must I be denied my Doctor Strange movie? The time they take to make this movie is time and money that could be used for Doctor Strange. Why do you hate me Marvel? WHY!?

I wouldn't be too worried. The good Doctor's inclusion (Dormammu too, if he's not the villain I will be disappointed) in UMvC3 also hints at movie plans. In fact rumors have been around about it already.

Bottom line, this can only be awesome and I'd hope for more continuity movies in the future. Although Sony's ownership of Spider-Man, Fox owning F4, etc, might make that unlikely to happen...

Hey bookie, put me down for $50 that this movie will bomb harder at the box office than Scott Pilgrim did. Not trying to bring the hate or anything, but an obscure IP that looks like it will require expensive CGI to bring to life on the silver screen doesn't strike me as a recipe for success.

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