August 31 2013

Introduction to the Guardians of the Galaxy


There has been a lot of talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy as of late – especially with Bradley Cooper being cast as Rocket Raccoon – and while you may have known who Iron Man was before the movies, just who are these five characters?

Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, sat down with Empire recently to discuss some of the upcoming films, amongst them was Guardians of the Galaxy, and he was kind enough to describe just who each character is.

Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista)

Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan (the Accuser) because of a past tragedy.

Gamora (Zoe Saldana)

When we meet Gamora, she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath and, by extension, for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.

Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the universe.


Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)

Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.

One of the more interesting statements from the interview detailed just what level Thanos would play in the film. As you may remember, Thanos is the purple guy from the end of The Avengers that didn’t really receive much explanation. While it was somewhat assumed he would be the big bad of the second Avengers film, we now know that will be Ultron. With that in mind everyone figured Thanos would step up in Guardians, but apparently that isn’t the case. “Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy,” Feige told Empire. “And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”

Empire went on to ask Feige if Guardians takes place in the same universe as the rest of the Marvel films, to which he replied, “We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”

Okay, so just when will Thanos be the big bad? If I was to guess at this point, Avengers 3. I think this is going to be a very slow burn to him being front and center, and if Marvel is going where I think they are going – to comic readers, come on, you know it’s the Infinity Gauntlet storyline – it is going to take a lot of buildup. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens from here.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

Source: Empire .

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