It was inevitable after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy that we were going to be seeing a lot more of these characters as they have became culturally embedded and loved by people of all ages. One could even go as far as saying that GOTG is the Star Wars of this generation. Nobody could have predicted the massive success of a movie based on unknown characters – including a talking Raccoon and a loveable tree called Groot – and being directed by cult/indie director James Gunn, but it all came together, and it clicked with audiences worldwide. Thus, not only do we have a tonne of merchandise coming out in time for the Blu-ray release and Santa’s busiest time of year, but we also have writer/director James Gunn giving us updates on the progress of the sequel – due for release in 2017 – and now we news of an animated series and also a kid-friendly comic book series (that will tie-in with comic titles aimed at an older age group).
First thing’s first, we can debunk the rumour that the animated Disney XD series is going to take place between the first and second GOTG movies, as it has just been announced that the series will not have anything to do with the movies. This has been where some confusion has been aroused as the shows creators have said that the series would actually take off where the first film ended. But here is what James Gunn had to say about that:
“Is that what somebody said? Because that’s not true. There’s no way,” Gunn told us. “It’s totally separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whoever said that, it pisses me off.” In fact it was Stephen Wacker, Marvel’s vice president for animation, who told the New York Times “the show’s plot would pick up where the movie left off.” Now, there’s obviously some semantics here. Wacker probably means the team is all together, like at the end of the movie. Either way, do not think of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series as Guardians 1.5.”
Wow, somebody sounds pissed, …and rightly so as this is Gunn’s baby now (well Kevin Feige would probably have something to say about that, …but, …well, it’s Gunn’s passion project).
Now, on to the other Guardians of the Galaxy property that is coming soon; a new, kid friendly comic book. The comic will be written by Joe Caramagna and will be titled Marvel Universe: Guardians of the Galaxy. Caramagna specializes in working with similar “all ages” comic books working on other titles such as The Avengers and Spider-Man. They are looking at a release date some time in 2015 and this will be the sixth Guardians themed comic by Marvel including: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians 3000, The Legendary Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and the upcoming Gamora. More information on these releases can be found on the Marvel website.
Below are the two images being used for the comic Marvel Universe: Guardians of the Galaxy #1 and the upcoming animated series from Disney. You will also notice that the two images are identical.
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Via – Film