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It Came From Outer Space

Guardians of the Galaxy Gets a Synopsis, Maybe a Cartoon Show?

I was trying to see if I could crop this in such a way as to emphasize Rocket Raccoon’s stature, and I didn’t have to try very hard, frankly. Groot seems pretty intrigued by it, but we all know that’s the start of an adorable inter-size friendship.

It’s never safe to assume anything about a movie this far out from its release date, but Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up to be the weirdest ride of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far… and, if you ask me, in a good way. This is a fairly odd thing to say about a movie for adults with a talking raccoon and a man-tree in it. And for the kids, Marvel/Disney just might be preparing their own version.

Take this with a grain of salt, but according to Comic Book Movie’s “well placed source,” a cartoon adaptation of the characters is in the works. It’s an unsourced rumor, backed up slightly by Marvel editor Stephen Wacker hinting at it in 2012. Like I said, slightly. But it’s not unlikely that Disney would take the cosmic setting, one rather divorced from the rest of Marvel continuity (man, I can’t wait to see how they give SHIELD a Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in), and use it to fund a kids action cartoon. After all, they’re pretty good about merchandising movies featuring a talking animal and only one lead female character on the team of protagonists.

While it may or may not have a cartoon show, GotG definitely has a synopsis to help pull together a cast of all the actors featured above, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, and John C. Reilly. Here’s what the movie is about:

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the blanace.

Peter Quill is second from the right at top, if you couldn’t narrow it down and then guess from how he’s not the lady, the Raccoon guy, or the tree guy. This is a bit obscure, but I’d say it’s safe money on that “mysterious orb” being one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s infinity “gems.”

(via Comic Book Movie, Screencrave.)


  • Bam Bunting

    You’re not factoring in how much money one makes from adorable racoon and tree golem action figures.

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited (they had me at Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana) but still quite annoyed they felt the need to cut Mantis (the one Asian character on the team) and both of the queer women. Especially when it’s not like the MCU couldn’t use the diversity.

  • CyberIstari

    Only one lead female protagonist, but I’m looking forward to Karen Gillan’s villainess ;)

  • Anonymous

    Guardians of the Galaxy have shown up in Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spiderman – so a future animated show isn’t that far fetched of an idea.

  • Cy

    That’s what I was just thinking.

  • Jamie Jeans

    Whenever I see this picture, I get really bloody angry… a talking tree and a gun totting raccoon are just fine to portray on screen, but a black king of an advanced African nation is too unfeasible?

    Total BS. I expect better of you, Marvel. It’s DC Comics that screws up consistently…

  • Anonymous

    If GOTG is set in a Thanos ruled future as rumors suggest, maybe Star-Lord’s orb is the Time Gem they’ll use to warn the Avengers in the present.
    With Vin finally confirmed as Groot, who will be playing Thanos?

  • locuas

    Rocket racoon is in the middle like a boss. they do realize who people care for.

  • Marshall Hitch

    If I remember correctly, Black Panther did get his own animated mini-series. They’re not ignoring Wakanda…but there are so many interesting stories in the Marvel universe that they can’t cover every one of them at once. T’Challa will have his day, I’m willing to bet.

  • Jamie Jeans

    Yes, a badly animated one whose redeeming value was in its writing, done excellently by Reginald Hudlin. It was a limited series whose DVD was put in a cardboard case, as though it was too cheap for the normal plastic case.

    And notice how all the ‘interesting’ stories you mentioned don’t include any black people or any other people of colour. The only people of colour I’ve seen, aside from Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury and Don Cheadle’s Jimmy Rhodes (who are, at best, a side character in the stories of other characters) are now fictional alien characters. Apparently, someone with green skin having an adventure is more plausible then the very REAL people of colour here on Earth.

    And just when, exactly, is the day that T’Challa will have? When? Do you have a date? is there going to be more than random rumours about Black Panther having a script writer? Will there be anything more than vague promises and hopes?

    Hell, Luke Cage isn’t even getting a big movie screen release, but a series on Netflix. Not to dismiss the quality of TV writing, but that says to me they’re not willing to take the risk with a black character for the movie screen then they are on the small screen.

    Umm… Hello? Who is one of the most Bankable men around for movies? Dwayne The Rock Johnson!

    Again and again and again, I keep on hearing these stupid flimsy excuses from people who don’t want anything more than the same old bunch of straight white guys.

    An entire world of flavours out there, and people seem dead set on eating nothing but god damned vanilla.

  • Ryan Colson

    Technically it was a motion comic. It wasn’t badly done at all considering.

  • Ryan Colson

    Same guy from Avengers?

  • Anonymous

    His name is CGI!

  • E.a. Solinas

    Falcon. “Captain America 2.” This spring. The earliest African-American superhero, kicking ass for SHIELD.

    I suspect they’ll remove his telepathic bond with birds, because that’s… just a little silly. But he still flies, and he has a badass new look.

  • E.a. Solinas

    Yes, that guy who played a completely CGI character who never talked. That guy!

  • Anonymous

    “Umm… Hello? Who is one of the most Bankable men around for movies? Dwayne The Rock Johnson!”
    Where’s that Family Guy clip?

  • E.a. Solinas

    He’s a gun-toting raccoon — hell yeah that’s what we care about!

  • E.a. Solinas

    I wonder if those appearances were sort of laying the groundwork — getting people familiar with them.

  • E.a. Solinas

    I don’t really care. From what little I’ve seen of him (in “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”) he seems like an ass.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    The ultimate spiderman appearance, probably. But they hadn’t even announced guardians when their avengers cameo was shown (a whole year earlier) so I find that one unlikely. If anything else, because a heavily important figure in it was Adam Warlock, keeper of the soul gem.

  • Charlie

    Rocket Raccoon plushies everywhere.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I thought it was Alexis Denisov?

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I thought it was Alexis Denisov who “played” it in Avengers?

  • Julianna Condor

    Denisov played the guy that was talking to Thanos (his Chitauri minion) and was also the guy who gave his orders to Loki.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    AH, that makes more sense. :)

  • Bittersweet Fountain

    “BLAM! I just murdered you!” ~Rocket Raccoon

    If that’s not his catch phrase in the movie, then I will be sorely disappointed.