Marvel Studios is expected to announced at Comic-Con International that "Guardians of the Galaxy" is its mystery movie set for release in May 2014.
Rumors that the studio was hoping to bring the space-faring heroes to the big screen surfaced in August, and were confirmed two months later, with President Kevin Feige saying, "There’s an opportunity to do a big space epic, which 'Thor' sort of hints at, in the cosmic side of the [Marvel] universe." Indeed, if "Thor" was the hint that Marvel has its sights on the farthest reaches of its cinematic universe, then "The Avengers," with its invading Chitauri and post-credits cameo by Thanos, was the outright declaration of intent. But on Thursday, Latino Review broke the news of the Comic-Con announcement.
Citing studio insiders, The Hollywood Reporter contends "Guardians" boasts a well-regarded script by Nicole Perlman, who as part of Marvel's now-defunct writing program so impressed executives with a Black Widow script that she was brought in to work on "Thor." (She has two space-themed biopic scripts to her credit: "Challenger," about the space shuttle disaster, and an untitled Neil Armstrong project.) The hunt is now on for a director.
Created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, the Guardians of the Galaxy were introduced in 1969 as a team of heroes in the 31st century -- each member the last of his kind -- that unites to defend Earth's solar system from the invading Badoon. The Guardians were reintroduced, and reimagined, in 2008 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Paul Pelletier in a series that spun out of the "Annihilation: Conquest" storyline. The team roster included Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Star-Lord, Mantis, Moondragon, Drax the Destroyer, Bug and Major Victory.
Feige indicated in April that any "Guardians" movie would center on that 2008 version. “We are very excited about bringing things like that, maybe things exactly like that, to the screen,” he said. “When you tell people, you know what would be really cool? This movie, and there’s a raccoon, and there’s a tree … And they go, ‘What?’ And people like you know what it is, and get excited. And the majority of people go, ‘Did you say a raccoon and a tree?’ ‘Oh yeah, they’re going to steal the whole movie. They’re hilarious.’ ‘Okay, I’ll believe it when I see it.’ I like that.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, of all the projects on the studio's development slate, "Guardians" is most ready to move into production, and "fits well with Marvel’s grand plans," propelling the movie past such frequently mentioned movies as "Black Panther," "Doctor Strange" and "Iron Fist." Perlman's script reportedly captures a tone similar to that of "The Avengers," and contains plenty of comedic elements.
Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 3" Comic-Con presentation, where any "Guardians of the Galaxy" announcement would be made, will be held Saturday, July 14 at 6 p.m. in Hall H.