Assuming the worlds survives 2012, and makes it all the way to 2014, there will be a NEW Marvel movie franchise, one whose identity has been veiled until now—but speculation has run rife. It’s a no brainer that the film title would be unveiled at Comic-Con, but Latino Review was first out of the gate with the scoop:
Guardians of the Galaxy!
We are totally down with that! And Marvel’s desire to make a film from a completely obscure and unknown to the general public franchise—one whose publishing history is dotted with cancellations—is pretty daring. The trump card is that the Guardians—a space-faring band of survivors from various planets that were destroyed by the evil Badoon—are traditionally in the “cosmic” story camp, to Thanos would be a perfect foil for them, and would lead directly into Avengers 2.
Marvel’s plan isn’t too hard to divine here: cast the Guardians with the kind of attractive up and coming talent they’ve been good at finding, and then…TEAM THEM UP WITH THE AVENGERS in Avengers 2…also in case any of the original Avengers cats gets too big for their britches a new team is waiting in the wings.
Variety confirms the story adds the name of a screenwriter: Nicole Perlman, a well thought of grad of Disney’s screenwriting program.
The historical (1969) Guardians line-up and the current one—which will be featured in the movie—both offer rather…piquant characters for the Marvel movie brand, from Starhawk in the original, who was both himself and his sister, to the current teams Rocket Racoon (what it sounds like), Groot (also what it sounds like — a walking tree introduced by Jack Kirby) and Mantis, the insectoid kung-fu flyer.
The Guardians are much tied up with the Jim Starlin-verse of Marvel characters, such as Adam Warlock, so the undisputed creator of all these character is wise to keep his own counsel until the movie comes out…and Marvel would be wise to pay him enough money to keep him gruntled.
Latino Review also expects Nova to be in the film, which would make sense given his “white male human” status—something sorely lacking in most of the other Guardians. And of course this being Hollywood, Disney and Marvel will probably have to water this wacky team into something more safe for movie audiences. But maybe not…cgi to the rescue?
And speaking of smallness, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie has been inching along, and he’s made a test of the film:
Then, in mid-June, he spent just under a week shooting footage for a reel that will be used to test out the potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-man’s powers look onscreen.
But even if it all passes muster, Ant-Man won’t be Wright’s next movie. That honor goes toThe World’s End, a comedy that reteams him with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and is slated to shoot this fall.
So yeah, Ant-Man. Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe we’ll get that SuperPro movie someday yet.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.