We’re officially less than one month away from Marvel’s latest cinematic endeavor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and we keep getting more and more excited for this one the closer we get. As the countdown continues, director James Gunn and the team have taken to various social media avenues to pull back the curtain inch by inch. His latest offering is a pretty nerdy piece of the action, and one that should make hardcore comic fans happy little campers, not to mention lead to rampant conjecture.
On his Instagram, Gunn posted this new photo from the set of the cosmic adventure, and shows the Slither helmer standing on the Necrocraft, which, as the accompanying text says, is “organic flight machinery at its finest.” The space vessel certainly looks like something that has grown out of the soil, and looks like a seed or the pit of some massive, interstellar piece of fruit. Think a giant, flying peach pit, and you’ve got good idea of what it looks like. Or, I guess, you could just look for yourself.
But that’s not all. You probably noticed those sinister fellows standing in the shadows behind Gunn, and eagle-eyed Marvel aficionados may recognize them as Sakaaran soldiers, another fact that Gunn corroborates in his post. For those of you not familiar with this particular race of fictional beings, they originate on the world of Sakaar, surprising, I know. They first appear in the in the Planet Hulk storyline that has been in the news over the last few days, and are residents of the planet that the Incredible Hulk, when banished into outer space, ultimately takes over and rules as a big, green king.
The Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, put the breaks on that rumor of a Planet Hulk story arc just the other day—something Avengers director Joss Whedon also did a while back. But at the same time, the presence of the Sakaarans could prove to be another piece that hints otherwise.
We’re getting into SPOILER territory here, so you may want to stop reading.
According to recent reports, The Avengers: Age of Ultron ends with Banner, the human version of the Hulk, stuck on a preprogrammed spaceship flung far out into the galaxy. Even if it is not the beginning of the Planet Hulk story, this could very well serve as a connective thread between Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, between the more terrestrial stories and the deep space adventures that will be ushered in by Guardians. We also know that Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, will figure prominently into future films, and he has strong ties to the Guardians team. It is possible that this could be a glimpse into the future of the MCU.
Then again, maybe we’re reading way, way too much into this. For his part, however, Gunn is a total Marvel nerd and knows that even a possibly offhand mention of a somewhat obscure tidbit from the comics will send fans into a whirlwind rage of speculation. However it turns out, it’s fun to ruminate on, and you have to appreciate the fact that the people responsible for making these movies are as big into the source material as you are.
Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, and probably like a dozen other big names I’m totally blanking on right now. The movie opens everywhere August 1, but you can make arrangements to see 17-mintues of the film on July 7. You can also check out the awesome, and wildly appropriate soundtrack for yourselves now, just in case you need to hype yourself up.