Prior to this past weekend, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy was a big question mark in Marvel’s slate. Serious Marvel fans know the characters, but the casting and thin advance word on the movie suggested that what Gunn is cooking up is something pretty different, both from the original comics and from the rest of Marvel’s slate.
Indeed, the footage premiered on Saturday was strange and funny, and promised a film that is unlike most tentpoles.
But there are still some big unknown aspects of the movie. Most of the Guardians are cast: Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax) and Zoe Saldana (Gamora) are the three primary team members. But there are two other Guardians who will be realized on screen primarily through CG: the tree-man Groot, and Rocket Raccoon. With everything else proceeding apace on the movie it’s easy to surmise that those roles are cast already, but have not been announced.
We also don’t know much about the specific direction of the story. But with James Gunn on hand at Comic Con answers to those questions at least started to creep out. Get many more details below.
At the Marvel press conference for Guardians (via Crave), Gunn said that Rocket and Groot actor reveals could happen “tomorrow, next week-ish.” And to MTV, he explained the nature of Rocket Raccoon, for those who have no idea how the character fits into this sci-fi/action/comedy affair.