In an interview with Crave Online, Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige confirmed the Guardians of the Galaxy film, the first he’s said on the subject since October last year, where Feige said the opportunity to do a big space epic was hinted at in Thor. Feige also noted that it would be the modern version of the team, rebooted in 2008 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning for Marvel Comics.
In a new interview, Crave asked Feige what non-sequel projects were being prioritised at the moment. ”I think whether it’s Ant-Man, or Dr. Strange, or The Inhumans, or The Guardians of the Galaxy“, said Feige “We are very excited about bringing things like that, maybe things exactly like that, to the screen. [...] When you tell people, you know what would be really cool? This movie, and there’s a raccoon, and there’s a tree… And they go, ‘What?’ And people like you know what it is, and get excited. And the majority of people go, ‘Did you say a raccoon and a tree?’ ‘Oh yeah, they’re going to steal the whole movie. They’re hilarious.’ ‘Okay, I’ll believe it when I see it.’ I like that.”
He added ”It’s more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team”, the latter referring to the now defunct 1969 team.
Feige added that they knew what their second 2014 film would be, but weren’t ready to announce it yet. For those keeping score, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film after this month’s The Avengers will be Iron Man 3 (3 May 2013), Thor 2 (15 November 2013) and Captain America 2 (4 April 2014). That leaves a gap for a late 2014 film, which many have speculated to be either a Guardians of the Galaxy film, Ant-Man or Dr. Strange.
While we’re not sure if the world is quite ready for an anthropomorphic raccoon based loosely on a song by The Beatles, expanding the Marvel universe beyond the main Avengers team would be an impressive feat and another step towards global geek domination.