At the moment, Marvel is on the top of the world. They’re finding huge success in the cinemaplex, and with The Avengers becoming the third highest grossing movie of all-time, the future looks bright for the Marvel Universe. But with success, comes the need to experiment and take risks. Enter Guardians of the Galaxy.
The intergalactic squad of peacekeepers may be hard to sell to general audiences. With a cast of characters that includes a treelike alien named Groot and an anthropomorphized badass raccoon , Guardians of the Galaxy is certainly one of the strangest properties Marvel has to offer. Can Marvel pull it off on the big screen?
In an interview with Crave Online, Guardians of the Galaxy producer Victoria Alonso opens up about how difficult it will be to bring Rocket Raccoon and Groot to life.
“We’re going to do it the best way possible. We are going to hopefully wow [you],” she said. “The beautiful thing about it is technology is always on our side, so we’re I would say very deeply into developing the look and hopefully some motion tests are happening so that we can figure out how they move, but I think that we will put all hands on deck to make sure the fans are proud of those two characters.”
If Marvel ends up going the CGI route with Groot and Rocket Raccoon, then they have to compensate for its strangeness with charm and wit. Perhaps casting Andy Serkis as Groot and longtime fan-favorite pick Jason Statham as Rocket Raccoon could do wonders to ease general audiences into the bizarre world of Guardians.
A few days ago, Marvel cast Chris Pratt in the role of Guardians leader Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. That’s a good start, but if Marvel doesn’t play their cards right, Guardians of the Galaxy could easily be their version of Green Lantern.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.