Origins of Guardians of the Galaxy
Original published in 1969 by Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy took place in another Universe, although sometimes tying in with other stories in later publishings. It was only recently in 2008 that they were recreated and added to the current Marvel Universe. In fact, many characters in Guardians of the Galaxy regularly interact with other Marvel Characters.
Who Are The Guardians?
First appearance: Marvel Preview #4 (’76)
Created by: Steve Englehart & Steve Gan
First appearance: Marvel Preview #7 (’76)
Created by: Bill Mantlo Keith Giffen
First appearance: Tales to Astonish #13 (’60)
Created by: Stan Lee Jack Kirby Dick Ayers
First appearance: Strange Tales #180 (’75)
Created by: Jim Starlin
First appearance: Iron Man #55 (’73)
Created by: Mike Friedrich Jim Starlin
Who else can we expect?
Well, it looks like we may or may not see Thanos, but he surrounds the characters in the story. Also, we will get to see many members of the Nova Force, and some interesting casting such as John C. Reilly (Nova Corps) and Benicio Del Toro (The Collector).
Directed and Written by James Gunn
An interesting choice for a super hero movie. But as I have said before it seems Marvel is pushing their movies into the direction of their comic books, giving original writers a chance to shine with known properties. Such as Joss Whedon and the Avengers, or Josh Trank and the Fantastic Four.
James Gunn has a chance for many sequels if done right. And with his success with recreating characters (Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead), it may be a strong possibility. Given his recreating background, and his strong since of humor (Movie 43, Troma Films) he may actually be the perfect person for this playful space heroes films.
Some extra thoughts:
I am surprised that this movie seems to be going with such a playful are silly nature, since it looked like Ant-Man was going to play that role. The styling will most likely be unique to previous Marvel movies, looking like an 80’s movie made in the present. I believe this is a way for Marvel to test other genres and boundaries, without going to far from what works. Could the super hero movie of the year be from a less known title?