WOW. We have a ton of new Guardians of the Galaxy info for you today, following the set pics of Michael Rooker’s Yondu. Marvel President, Kevin Feige in a recent interview with Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), has revealed some interesting details about how Guardians fits into Marvel’s overall plan and even who the main villain is.
When Feige was asked whether Guardians of the Galaxy takes place at the same time as the other Phase Two stories, he responded:
“It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.”
So everything is going to be relatively close together in time, just how will Guardians connect to the other Phase Two films:
“Certainly more than the others. 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.”
So while Thanos will definitely be returning to play a role in the events of Guardians, he will not be the main villain. Who will fill that role:
“Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy. 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!”
In a final excerpt from the interview Feige shares additional details:
“They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy. 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.” 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. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy. 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 a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is being directed by James Gunn from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, with Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set for August 1st, 2014.
Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie)