Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the most ambitious film in Marvel’s cinematic universe — not because of special effects or odd characters, but because the film will take place in space and feature characters and plot which forces comedy and drama to live in harmony. It’s an ambitious project even by Marvel’s standards, but after the massive success of their Phase One, they’ve shown that it’s a project they’re more than capable of taking on.
Recently, IGN sat down with Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill (or Star-Lord), the film’s lead, while he was on location filming Parks and Recreation, the television show that helped him build a name for himself. During the interview the actor made several comments on filming Guardians as well as what Marvel fans can expect from the adaptation. The comments give us a great glimpse into the mindset of the film’s creators as well as just how pleased the film’s leading man is with the outcome of production so far.
It would appear as though we won’t be seeing any members of the Avengers making a crossover into the Guardians’ first film, but Pratt says we shouldn’t rule it out entirely:
“Man, that would be really cool. What’s nice is that it is all the same universe. Because it falls under the Marvel umbrella, there is the possibility, just like in the comic books, that these stories could intersect.
… it’s exciting to think that. A lot of it’s just going to depend on what people think of the movie and if it makes sense for Marvel to keep making more of them. But I sure hope it does because I’ve never done anything like it. I hope they make ten of them.”
On striking a balance between the comedy and seriousness expected from a Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation, and remaining faithful to the balance found in the comics:
Yeah, I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing.
Pratt’s excitement from the film centers on the art of the project — from concept art to set creation and CGI work, Pratt promises fans will be blown away:
[T]hey’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.
Guardian of the Galaxy, part of Marvel’s Phase Two, is currently in production with a release date of August 1st, 2014!