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Gunn for Guardians

Confirmed on Facebook

By Robert T. Trate     September 19, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter/ Facebook

James Gunn, the director of Super and Slither, has officially confirmed his involvement with The Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn will write and direct the Sci-Fi epic for Marvel Studios. With a release date of August 1st, 2014 our speculation now turns to casting. Who will play these Guardians of the Galaxy? Better yet, will Thanos be the villain? 
 
Here is what Gunn and Marvel have to work with with. The following character bios are officially taken from the Marvel Wiki: 
 
 
Drax the Destroyer
A former saxophonist, Arthur Sampson "Art" Douglas and his family were killed by the Titanian Eternal Thanos while driving across the Mojave Desert. Kronos recovered Douglas' astral form and used it to create a superhuman warrior for the purpose of defeating Thanos. After Thanos was defeated, Drax was eventually killed by a psychic attack from Moondragon. Years later, Drax was resurrected to once again battle Thanos (also recently resurrected). Drax's resurrection was not perfect, however; his brain remained damaged from his previous death. After Thanos was defeated a second time, Drax became a member of the Infinity Watch and guardian of the Power Gem (see the full bio here).

 
Groot

 

Groot was an extraterrestrial being that had the appearance of a tree, and his race was thought to be extinct. It was determined that that his species was called Floral Colossus, by the Kree. Groot initially traveled to Earth seeking humans as test subjects. His mission was foiled by Leslie Evans who used termites against him and it appeared that Groot was destroyed. However, he was defeated by It, The Living Colossus and became a captive of S.H.I.E.L.D., he would later become a member of Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos team. The Incredible Hulk found himself in battle with Groot, although it was later revealed after his apparent destruction that the Hulk was fighting a replica created by Xemnu the Titian. Groot recently returned to space and was selected by the Kree to be a part of Star-Lord’s team in the event known as the Annihilation Conquest. Groot and Star-lord would eventually defeat the menace known as the Phalanx, however in doing so Groot would sacrifice his life. The cosmic crusader Rocket Raccoon took a branch of Groot and planted it in a pot and the allowing the hero to re-grow. While in space Groot’s only words spoken were “I am Groot” (see the full bio here).

 
Star-Lord

 

Wrongly branded a traitor by his father Eson, Prince Jason of Spartoi fled the Empire, exploring deep space for many years. When war broke out between the Spartoi Empire and the Ariguan Confederacy, Eson summoned his wayward son home, but en route his ship's converter blew. To avoid a complete meltdown, and with his ship apparently slipping backwards through time, Jason crash landed in Earth's Colorado Mountains, his arrival witnessed by Meredith Quill, who dragged him from the burning vessel. As she nursed him back to health and helped him rebuild his ship, the pair fell in love. After a year, Jason was ready to depart; informed by his bio-comps that Meredith had just conceived their child and unwilling to endanger her, Jason reluctantly left Meredith behind, promising to return for her once the war ended, but mindlocking her memories, sparing her the heartbreak he felt. Less than a month later, Meredith married her childhood sweetheart, Jake. Suspecting Meredith's child was not his, when Peter Jason Quill was born, Jake angrily noted that the infant resembled neither of them. Intending to slay the child, Jake carried him outside, but suffered a fatal heart attack; Peter was left staring into the starlit sky for an hour before Meredith found strength to crawl outside to him. Mentally and physically weakened, Meredith's world revolved around raising her son. Peter grew up a loner, fascinated by science fiction shows and NASA's exploits (see the full bio here).

 
Rocket Raccoon


Hundreds of years ago, humanoids from an unidentified planet sought a world to use as an asylum for their outcast insane members, and settled on a planet located in the Keystone Quadrant, out by the stars of Sirus Major. There the psychiatrists created robots to care for their patients' particular brands of insanity. For years they studied the functions and dysfunctions of the mind, writing their observations in the starship Gideon's logbook until their funding was cut off and they were ordered back to their homeworld. As they left, they erected a forcefield-generating Galacian Wall around the star system to keep their uncured patients safe from the normal society that loathed them.For generations the robots faithfully watched over their charges, whose children were born insane themselves, or affected by their insane environment. The Loonies, as they came to be known, created a religion worshiping the ancient Shrinks as gods, with straight-jacketed priests called the Good Humor Men venerating the logbook as their Bible, housing it in the Admissions Ward and performing rites to attain the Final Cure (this one really goes on, read it here).

 
Gamora

Thanos discovered the infant Gamora after the Zen-Whoberi race had been demolished by the Universal Church of Truth. Thanos used the machines aboard his ship, Sanctuary II, to bring Gamora back in time by two decades and bring her body to peak perfection. He also altered Gamora's perceptions, so that she would not see how evil he was. Thanos sent Gamora into the Universal Church Of Truth, hoping she would cause chaos and also assassinate the Church's leader, the Magus. Gamora then aided Adam Warlock against the Magus, leading to the Magus' defeat (this one gets interesting, read on here).

With these vast characters it will be interesting to see how Marvel and Gunn bring them to life. The majority of the Avengers all had separate movies as a set up, Gunn has one film. Mania will be watching. 

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DarthBob 9/19/2012 6:42:31 AM

Not too familiar with this franchise; I think it's a huge risk for Marvel.  However, if this gets the proper treatment and is done well then this will propel Marvel into the stratosphere.  This has the makings of an epic franchise or a monumental mistake.

ElBaz13 9/19/2012 6:49:27 AM

I can't wait for this. Alright Maniacs, who do you want to cast in these roles?

 

monkeyfoot 9/19/2012 7:02:02 AM

I really have no familiarity with this new version of the Guardians except an episode of the new Avengers animated show. Wow, alot of comic fans like to think their favorites are a higher class of entertainment than other forms, and occasionally some are. But reading over this info reminds me of the convoluted and bizarre plots of your typical soap opera. You don't think about it while you're in the midst of readng your favorite comics so this was kind of a funny shock reading the long, long, long, dramas of their lives. It's like reality TV on steroids but with better costumes and energy beams and people getting punched through walls.

And like other comic adaptations to the screen alot of this will have to be trimmed down to make an easily followed movie storyline.

Shogunn2517 9/19/2012 7:03:16 AM

Yeah, can't really say I'm at all that familiar with any incarnation of this group.  I know of the group.  I know of a few of the characters.  But I don't know their stories.  They don't connect to me like the timelessness of the other characters, nor do they have the same sort of history.

But i do have to say, I kind of figured this when we saw Thanos and the development of GotG.  I really didn't see and still don't see Thanos being the main villain in an Avengers sequel.  I see maybe Ultron or AIM or some for of the Masters of Evil.  But Thanos might pull the direction of what they want to do wtih the movie.  If Thanos, a space-based villain, is the villain in GotG, a spaced based group and movie, it would make more sense.
 

Wiseguy 9/19/2012 8:10:08 AM

I collected their last run along with Annihilation where they played a major role. Really cool team and can not wait to see how this turns out.

Rocket Racoon is poised to be the next ultra hip and cool character to take over.

And I have been saying all along that Thanos will be the villain in this. Not only is he their natural foe but it will help sell the movie.

I still believe Mandarin will be the main villain in Avengers 2 with an outside chance of them working Ultron into it.
 

tallman 9/19/2012 8:51:30 AM

 Warwick Davies for Rocket Racoon.

ElBaz13 9/19/2012 8:51:46 AM

The great thing about these characters is the fact they don't have a huge following or deep history. Disney can't take a dump on it like Fox is doing with the X-men franchise since there is not much source material to piss off the fanboys.

It's pretty straightforward. Star Lord (leader) Raccoon (comic relief), Drax (ass kicker), Gamora (hot chick) and Groot (spiritual guidance).

@Wise. Agree that Thanos is the villain in this but disagree about Mandarin. Sure it's sir Ben Kinglsey Mandarin, but this villain is stricly an Iron Man villain. I doubt Whedon and company will bypass more classic Avengers villains like Kang, Immortus, Ultron, Baron Zemo, Korvac.

I hope you are wrong because I don't want to see Mandarin in Avengers 2.

ElBaz13 9/19/2012 8:58:20 AM

Nathan Filion as Peter Quill (due to his connection to Whedon and James Gunn)

Olga Kuryenko as Gamora. Hot and deadly. See her in Centurion. She would have been my choice for Black Widow.

Rocket Raccoon. CG and voiced by Ricky Gervais

Drax. Stumped on this one but watching Jason Statham with the knives in Expendables 2 (and the baldness), why not?

Groot. CG and doesn't speak.

mellowdoux 9/19/2012 10:19:34 AM

 I think this will be Marvel's first miss-step.
just can't see this working at all.

The key to Marvel's big-screen success thus far has been their ability to crossover from comic fans to the average movie goer. But this...?

I'm a longtime comic fan, and even to me I'm thinking... Flying Raccoon and Walking Talking Tree??? Sorry. Too far "out there" for Joe-Six-Pack and his family.

Higgy 9/19/2012 10:39:02 AM

For there to be Ultron, there needs to be a Hank Pym.  Unless they do Ant-Man first and at the end he created Ultron, then it goes to the Avengers 2 with Ultron being the main bad guy.  I dunno.  Whedon said he's not going to go big like he did in the last movie, so I'm not sure what's in store.

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