Coming out of San Diego Comic Con there’s a lot of excitement about Guardians of the Galaxy, but also some questions: how does Guardians fit into the established Marvel Cinematic Universe? When does it take place? What kind of crossover potential is there? And what about Thanos? Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently did a little Q&A with Empire Magazine (via /Film), talking about some of those details, as well as revealing just who the main bad guy in Guardians is going to be anyway.
Question #1: Does Guardians take place at the same time as the other Phase 2 films from Marvel?
The general answer is yes. It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.
Question #2: How connected is Guardians to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.
Question #3: Speaking of Thanos, is he the main bad guy or not?
Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn around and smirk. You’ll get much more than that!
So Lee Pace will be badder than Benecio del Toro? Interesting. And speaking of bad guys, Superhero Hype (via Comic Book Movie) got several compelling set photos of Michael Rooker in his Yondu gear in a farm field in Surrey. You’ll also notice he’s kind of surrounded by aliens in black suits with big guns. What has Yondu got himself into to? I guess we’ll know for certain on August 1, 2014. In the meantime, take a look at the set photos in the gallery below: