Guardians Of The Galaxy was a surprise smash hit of 2014. After all, even many ardent Marvel comic fans had never heard of the source material (a loose collection of space-faring superheroes who have been around since the 1970s).
Yet, despite the lack of brand recognition and with a talking tree and destructive raccoon on screen, director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy live-action movie became a proper critical/commercial hit. Marvel knows better than to mess around when it’s got a bonafide success on its hands – and thus, the company quickly greenlit new adventures for the Guardians, on both the big screen and television.
Gunn’s movie sequel Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t be hitting cinemas until 2017, but the dysfunctional team of cosmic heroes will still be around in the meantime. The Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series was announced soon after the first live-action film broke box office records, and now a fresh teaser clip from the upcoming Disney XD show has dropped. It’s only fifteen seconds long, but it’s an action-packed fifteen seconds.
The teaser includes the main cast looking just as they did in the movie, although they might sound a little different: that’s Boy Meets World‘s Will Friedle as Star-Lord, Trevor Devall from Johnny Test as Rocket Raccoon, Star Wars Rebels voice actor Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, Transformers cartoon series veteran David Sobolov as Drax the Destroyer, and Kevin Michael Richardson (from every video game ever) subbing in for Vin Diesel as Groot.
This won’t be the first animated appearance for the Guardians, who have a significant younger audience (despite all those kid-unfriendly blacklight jokes in the film…). The current line-up cameoed in the hit Ultimate Spider-Man series, as well as an episode of Avengers Assemble, Hulk And The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and the Japanese anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers.
Here is the full synopsis for the Guardians of the Galaxy animated TV show:
“Guardians Of The Galaxy follows the newly-formed team who finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos, to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.”
Warner Bros have been readily dominating the live action television realm with their adaptations of DC Comics, but Guardians Of The Galaxy could be another vital feather in the cap for Marvel’s animated arm. After all, the company’s partnership with Disney XD has yielded several hits at this point. (Now, if only they could bring back that Black Panther TV show…)
The Guardians Of The Galaxy cartoon series debuts with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, September 26th at 9:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD. The first episode airs as a sneak preview on Saturday, September 5th at 9:00pm ET/PT.