Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art and Lineup Revealed
07.18.12 by Ryan
Now that Marvel has made an adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy official with their Comic-Con announcement, the studio also released concept art of the superhero team, which will be less familiar to audiences than the ones in The Avengers.
Guardians of the Galaxy originally debuted in 1969, but with a much different squad than the one Marvel will use in the movie. Instead, members of the rebooted 2008 team will be used for the movie, including characters like team leader Star-Lord, superhuman warrior Drax the Destroyer, the genetically-engineered Rocker Raccoon, giant tree-creature Groot and Gamora, initially created by the villain Thanos to be a weapon. Marvel president Kevin Feige realizes that the team might be a harder sell for an audience, and told Crave Online in April that he likes the challenge.
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.
Pictured in the concept art (from left) is Drax, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. Screen Crush offers a more in-depth explanation of the characters, but we don't mind offering a brief synopsis. Born Peter Quill, the NASA trainee is transformed into the interplanetary policeman Star-Lord by the alien Master of the Sun; Groot is an extraterrestrial plant monster who doesn't speak much; Drax the Destroyer was a saxophonist named Arthur Douglas that was killed by Thanos (the villain depicted at the end of The Avengers) but turned into a warrior by Thanos' grandfather Kronos; Gamora was adopted by Thanos with the intention of turning her into a weapon until she learns the truth about him; and Rocket Raccoon is, well, a walking, talking raccoon.
With Thanos being a theme through many of the characters' backstories, we think it's safe to assume that Guardians of the Galaxy will be the movie that will help Thanos leap from the end credits of The Avengers and back on to the big screen. Reportedly, newcomer screenwriter Nicole Perlman wrote the script, and we imagine more information about the movie (such as a director) will be presented soon.
Guardians of the Galaxy will open on August 1, 2014, following the rest of Marvel's "Cinematic Universe Phase Two," which includes Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013), Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014).