The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly has been an absolute gold-mine for information on Marvel’s phase two movies, first revealing that Magneto’s kids would be joining The Avengers 2, then updating us on the plot of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now we have new casting and plot information from Marvel’s phase two new film, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Zoë Saldaña (Avatar, Star Trek) has joined the Guardians cast as Gamora is the adopted daughter of Supervillain Thanos, and the last of her species, the Zen Whoberi. Gamora’s powers include superhuman strength and agility, as well as the ability to heal at a rapid rate (similar to Wolverine). Gamora isn’t the first alien character Zoë has played — the actress was the female lead Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar, and is rumored to be returning for Avatar 2.
Feige is also confirming rumors that former WWE star Dave Bautista has been cast as Drax the Destroyer. Drax, formerly known as Arthur Douglas, was “born” after the supervillain Thanos destroyed his family. Now seeking vengenance, the character aims to hunt down Thanos with his superhuman strength and stamina, as well as his ability to utilize energy blasts and sense Thanos’ location at all times. Feige had this to say about Bautista as Drax:
“One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome.”
Additionally, Feige confirmed that the piece of Guardians concept artwork featured within the EW article reveals a young Peter Quill experiencing his first encounter with aliens:
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to release on August 1st, 2014!