Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige has been on quite a run of late that truly began with the release of Iron Man. He has had great success introducing new superheroes to the masses and making billions in box office along the way.
But, with Guardians of the Galaxy, he is truly presenting a group of heroes to a larger audience that has never heard of any of them. With no Captain America, The Hulk or Thor in the mix, the film should prove to be the executive’s biggest challenge.
So, thus begins a full court press to bring audiences into the Guardians of the Galaxy world that hits theaters August 1, 2014. Feige was talking with Empire UK magazine and introduced the world to his latest superhero conclave. And he added that not everyone will be foreign to audiences… after all, a certain someone will appear who was seen in The Avengers.
"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," Feige said. "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."
Now… meet the gang, otherwise known as the Guardians of the Galaxy!
Peter Quill/Star-Lord: Played by Chris Pratt
"Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the universe."
Drax the Destroyer: Played by Dave Bautista
"Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy."
Gamora: Played by Zoe Saldana
"When we meet Gamora, she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath and, by extension, for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms."
Groot: Voice by Vin Diesel
"Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, 'I am Groot.'"
Rocket Raccoon: Voice by Bradley Cooper
"Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.”