In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has finally unleashed new details on Guardians of the Galaxy, one of Marvel’s phase two films, directed by James Gunn. So far, just a snippet of the interview has been released, but this bit was quite revealing, as Feige opted to discuss Guardian‘s main characters and their backstories.
Most interesting in the interview snippet is the explanation of how Rocket Raccoon came to be, and how the team will come together:
They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, “I am Groot.” Peter Quill left Earth in the mid’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the universe. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy. When we meet Gamora, she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath, and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.
With Groot, it looks like we’ll have another Hodor on our hands — and we love it!
Although no more plot details have been made available, we have seen a number of casting announcements made official over the past few weeks. Chris Pratt will star as Peter Quill, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket Racoon, Zoe Saldana will star as Gamora, and Karen Gillan will play villain Nebula.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters on August 1st, 2014!