‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Michael Rooker Excited for Sequels

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Guardians of the Galaxy is an important installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. It’s a standalone film based on an obscure comic book and set mostly in space. Written and directed by maverick filmmaker James Gunn – known mostly for violent, oddball indies - Guardians will be the final Phase II film before The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.

Marvel has been able to swing attention back to their upcoming film slate with a series of high-profile casting updates: James Spader as Ultron in The Avengers sequel, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Vin Diesel in talks to voice fellow Guardian, living tree Groot. With all eyes currently trained on Marvel – specifically Guardians – we now have a report which tosses up some clues on what plans Marvel might have in store for the property.

The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker is currently filming his Guardians role of Yondu, the blue-skinned, mohawk’d alien hunter/mystic. Rooker recently spoke to SuperHeroHype about his role and just how much of the elements contained in the comic books will be featured in the movie:

“When I first got the role of Yondu, [director James] Gunn was like, ‘Don’t read any of the comics!’ but It’s beautiful stuff. Whenever you do a film of comic book characters and stuff you don’t know how much you can show, you don’t know how much is going to be brought out. Nowadays movies are done and they already have two or three others planned out. So stuff you do in this one, you ask “Why aren’t we doing this?” and they say, “Well be patient!”

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It’s not terribly surprising that Gunn would ask his actors to stay away from the comic books, and it’s fun to hear Rooker’s enthusiasm about the role (and check out his look in some of the set photos), but the main point of interest is that last part of the quote: “Well be patient!”

This definitely sounds like a hint that Marvel has plenty in store for the Guardians down the line, and echoes co-star Chris “The Star Lord” Pratt’s musing on the idea of the Guardians eventually joining the Avengers on Earth. There’s also Marvel president and Cinematic Universe guru Kevin Feige’s recent remarks concerning the studio’s development slate: There are three or four slots. We’ve got six or seven things going. We’ve got to choose which four will go. It’s a Battle Royale!”

Given the expansive universe associated with Guardians of the Galaxy, there is certainly material for a continuing franchise of its own, even without crossing over into the rest of the Marvel Universe at large (although it frequently does), but Marvel knows that this movie is their biggest risk yet, given that it’s the only non-sequel (thus non-slam dunk) in it’s pipeline until at least 2015.

The future of the cinematic Guardians will depend on Gunn’s vision, and he’s wisely kept many of his regular players – like the ever-reliable Rooker – on hand. We’ll keep our eyes on GoTG, which is shaping up to be potentially the most interesting release of Marvel’s Phase II line-up.

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Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Source: SuperHeroHype

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  1. Love how much confidence Marvel is showing in this property!

    • If this year has shown us anything, it is that “confidence” means nothing.

      • This year showed us a movie that made 1.2 billion dollars. Grade A CinemaScore. 7.5 rating on imdb and 82% user rating on rottentomatoes, so yeah I believe confidence is a good word to use.

      • @ Jeff

        That is very true, just look at Man of Steel for an excellent example of over confidence in a bad movie.

        • Ah, I’m talking about the numerous duds this year, but I guess you guys don’t follow the news…

  2. I know it’s only a comic book movie, but what kind of research does an actor do when they are told not to look at the source material? It makes it seem like an actor is chosen just to be themselves on screen. Good thing don’t have someone like Benicio del Toro, who is know to deeply research and prepare for role….oh, wait.

    • Odd…why not review the comic books?!

    • Well since all comic book characters are caricatures or have certain personalities, all they’d have to do is be told “I want you to imagine your character has lost literally everything and instead of trying to scrape back to where he was before, he’s blaming the world and doing what he can to punish everything he comes across on his journey back to the top”.

      Any good actor or writer could easily come up with something brilliant without having to look up source material. Just approach the characters as personality types rather than the daunting task of “How can I write a new Hulk movie that respects previous canon?” because then you play too much into what’s happened before and accidentally have some foreshadowing from finding out something and having that influence your performance/writing unintentionally.

      I guess the only way I can explain it is to have had Wiliam Hurt playing General Ross but the actor knowing that Ross becomes Red Hulk in future and having that come across in his performance instead of playing it as a hard-nosed military man who wants to protect his daughter, even if it costs him their relationship.

      • Not studying your character does not make a lot of sense to me. Not equating the two, but it would be like telling Daniel Day Lewis not to read up on Lincoln before playing the role. Ignore the history and “person” as written, and see how that flies with comic book fans…

        • It makes perfect sense to me. An actor should need nothing more than a script and a director to guide them. The characters are not real, so deep research is not needed.

          The GOTG have been written by numerous writers I expect and gone through many changes. Comics can often take a character and be very inconsistent with how said character is presented. Goofy stories, dark stories, reeboots, ret-cons etc… It would probably be hard to pin down the exact version of TGOTG from the comics to use.

          I say concerntrate on making a good movie, regardless of the comics. A movie is it’s own thing and the comics aren’t going anywhere. All they have to do is get the script, direction, acting, motivations, costumes, effects, themes, music etc… right and we’re all good. (^-^)

      • One-fish, two-fish, red-fish, blue-fish.

        • Next movie sequel, the “Star-bellied Sneetches”!!

  3. I think it’s a great sign that rooker is taking the time to go into his characters comic background ! It shows how this movie might be a plesant surprise .

  4. Geez, I wished WB had the amount of confidence Marvel Studios does. If they did we’d probably have had a full on JL movie by now. I’d say Green Lantern crushed the last ounce of confidence they had left.

    • Green Lantern could gave been better, but was in no way deserving of the nuke-it-all reaction critics gave it. The critics and nay-saying fanboys alike should be ashamed. You cost us Green lantern #2 as well as Flash #1, and delayed perhaps years a JLA movie. Jerks!

    • @ Deadpool87

      WB/DC will NEVER have the confidence Marvel does, because they will NEVER have the sucess Marvel has, especially after this year. MoS should have made a lot more than it did. WB/DC keeps getting beat to the punch every single time by Marvel.

      All WB/DC has confidence in is Batman, they are a one trick pony. Now, even Batman will be bad with Ben Affleck, so they have nothing left.

  5. Chickens. Never count them while they are still eggs.
    I think Marvel is expecting this movie to do much better than it is going to.

    • I think you’re expecting it to do much worse than it’s going to.

      • Based on what? I never said it would do poorly. Just not going to be a blockbuster. Oh, there, I answered my own question. You think it’s going to be a blockbuster. Fair enough, I guess we shall see.

        • No one said it’s going to be a blockbuster. Why does everything have to be one extreme or the other with you?

    • Does that mean they might be prematurely scrambled?

  6. Rooker is a very cool and nice guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him during Dragon Con here in Atlanta, Ga this past weekend.

  7. I can’t wait for GotG. The next two phases are going to be so awesome, I just hope my brain can handle it.

  8. The more I think about this, the more it seems like this movie doesn’t necessarily need to be a huge box office hit. If this movie flops, I’m pretty sure the vast profits from Avengers 2 will more than make up for it. Keep taking risks, Marvel!

  9. Not studying your character does not make a lot of sense to me. Not equating the two, but it would be like telling Daniel Day Lewis not to read up on Lincoln before playing the role. Ignore the history and “person” as written, and see how that flies with comic book fans…

    • That’s right. You should always study everything as thoroughly as you can, from a scientific experiment to a political position to a military strategy to yes, a comic book movie. It is like a court-case: preponderance of the evidence, best delivery, best facts and arguments theoretically should win.

  10. forgot who the guy was that tweeted that while WB continually shafts wonder woman and won’t move beyond batman and superman, marvel studios is just winging it, producing films with talking raccoons and trees. plus, marvel already jumped into Asgard mythology and are about to release a Thor sequel.

  11. Why do people keep throwing shade on something that wont come out in at least a year? At least wait damn….

  12. this movie is starting to feel like a highend cartoon

  13. i am so excited for this movie

  14. I am truly happy that the guardians of the galalaxy movies is coming in 2014 summer movies and i hope to see guardians of the galaxy 2,3 and they will be the avengers 3 as well and also green lanlern movies is truly amazing.

  15. i like how this keeps getting reported as an obsecure comic book, the gaurdains have had play in quite a bit of the marvel universe, and even right now their current run isn’t that obscure…. seriously….

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