When the comic book project was first announced back at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was described as “The Avengers, but in outer space.” It was probably shorthand to sell the uninitiated, but after more than a year to read up on the cosmic team of superheroes, that description is just not true anymore, according to one of the Marvel movie’s stars.
In an interview with Total Film, former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan talked about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios. The 25-year-old actress recently wrapped on the superhero movie and started to promote her new film, the romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending. It seems as if the Guardians are more anti-hero than hero. “What’s different about the Guardians is that, all the heroes, everybody [in the movie] is a bad guy,” Gillan said. “There’s just good guys within the bad guys.”
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con featured a sizzle reel for Guardians of the Galaxy that showcased John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey of the Nova Corps calling the team “a bunch of assholes.” It appears there is some truth to that statement. James Gunn is the perfect director, if the new Marvel movie is going down the comedic frat boy route. He has a sensibility to make assholes seem sympathetic and heroic.
Gillan also talked about whether or not the Guardians would ever team up with the Avengers for a movie. Considering that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is based on crossing over its characters from film to film, it stands to reason that the studio might pair up the characters in The Avengers with those of Guardians of the Galaxy. “That sounds really cool,” Gillan said, before admitting that it’s “not something I’ve heard anything about, though.” It’s most likely that the Guardians wouldn’t appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but perhaps they could team up sometime in Phase Three, when it is believed that the Mad Titan Thanos would be their common enemy.
As for the Marvel movie itself, Guardians of the Galaxy is due to wrap production in about a week, which gives the film around 10 months of post-production until release. Images of wrap gifts have already surfaced online, such as a keen Nova Corps t-shirt for the film’s production crew.
Considering that a majority of the film is shot, the first teaser trailer is expected to be released soon, which will most likely run before screenings of Thor: The Dark World in November. Also, look for Marvel to release official images, production stills, and a plot synopsis in the coming weeks. After the Thor sequel is released, 2014 will feature two releases from Marvel: Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April and Guardians of the Galaxy in August.
James Gunn describes the story of Guardians as being about “a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” The movie stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Benicio del Toro, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Olivia Lovibond, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.