Guardians of the Galaxy continues casting heading into production this summer, but out-of-this-world flick is probably the riskiest bet Marvel has made since they began making movies based on their comic book characters. Although The Avengers and the Marvel brand are highly successful and recognizable, general audiences likely haven’t ever heard of such strange characters as Rocket Raccoon and the treelike alien Groot.
In an interview with SFX Magazine, Marvel producer Kevin Feige talks about Guardians of the Galaxy and how it will fit in with Marvel’s Phase II and The Avengers 2. It sounds like Marvel has plenty of more out-there material on the horizon. Here’s Feige:
I wouldn’t say that in a broad sense. The Thor film and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey.
Kevin Feige also talks about how beloved Marvel characters like Iron Man and Captain America will jump from genre to genre in their respective sequels. He describes Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy political thriller and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a 1970s “political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.” As for Guardians of the Galaxy, it will be more like a standalone film. Feige says:
It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.
It does seem likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will fit in more with The Avengers 2 than he’s telling us. Most likely no one from The Avengers will show up in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but it wouldn’t surprise us if the Guardians appear in The Avengers sequel. (Possibly to help battle Thanos.)
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.