As movie goers and die hard geeks alike will have to brave a whopping three years before the Avengers sequel hits theaters in 2015, Marvel realizes that it has to satiate its fans during that downtime with more butt-kicking super-hero fare. Although sequels to their individual character films like Iron Man 3, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor are slated to hit theaters before that time, Marvel recognizes the need to inject some new blood into the mix, and it seems that will come in the form of a talking, butt-kicking Racoon!
Guardians of the Galaxy is the name of this somewhat obscure property, and it's based on a series of comics in which a lost Earth pilot befriends a squad of alien vigilantes and unwittingly ends up in the middle of a galactic space battle. A promising concept on its own, but when you factor in that his fellow outer-space soldiers include super-weird characters like a tree man and the aforementioned bullet-firing raccoon, it goes from promising to AWESOME.
James Gunn was recently announced as the film's director, which is a fascinating choice, because although the director and scribe is practically oozing with geek-cred, he has yet to utilize his skills in big-budget super hero fare. Gunn, who wrote the screenplay to the ridiculously cool remake of Dawn of the Dead and also directed the quirky Rainn Wilson movie Super, clearly has the sensibility to take on a project like this.
No word yet on when the film is expected to hit theaters, but sources say it will more than likely get a Summer 2014 release. In the meantime, if you see any raccoons fiddling about your trash cans, proceed with caution; they occasionally can be rabid and in rare instances can even pack machine guns!
Are you excited for Guardians of the Galaxy?