Marvel Studios Head Talks ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Avoiding ‘Green Lantern’ Problems

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Superhero movies are a hard sell when it comes to the general public – particularly because they often stretch a viewer’s ability to suspend their disbelief (especially when that viewer is not pre-sold on seeing superheroes and villains duke it out). When Marvel Studios endeavored to make Thor, it was a big deal; many were skeptical that the studio could sell a character rooted in both sci-fi and mythology to the masses.

When DC/WB made Green Lantern, they were taking an bigger risk: a superhero with alien-based powers, whose origin story was partially set in space amongst hordes of alien characters. As the cynics long predicted, the film (and its titular character) never really connected with audiences the way the studio hoped. As it stands, more grounded stories (like Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy) tend to win out over more fantastical comic book movie fare.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ concept art

Marvel is going to be upping the ante in a big way with their forthcoming sci-fi action blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. Based on several iterations of the classic Marvel Comics team, Guardians takes place in an alternate future and centers on a team comprised of characters from various different alien backgrounds, with a human warrior (played by Zero Dark Thirty star Chris Pratt) as their leader. One of those aliens happens to be a living tree – and we also know that a major focus of the film (and the franchise) will be “Rocket Raccoon,” a character who is a gun-toting, hard-as-nails CGI warrior raccoon.

Understandably, some folks have yet to fully warm to the idea of Marvel movies (literally) going this far out there with their concepts – as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is all too aware. When fielding questions about GotG while at the premiere for Iron Man 3, Feige said the following to i09 regarding the stigma still hanging over cosmic superhero movies in the wake of Green Lantern:

Well the same way, Iron Man 3 has as much CG as any movie we’ve ever made, and I hope it doesn’t feel like Green Lantern. And it’s all about the aesthetic you go for and already we have an art department as impressive as any art department I’ve ever seen in London on Guardians. And it’s, you know, designing things and believing that they’re real when part of the team’s made up of a raccoon and a tree.

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Now before anyone starts the “Marvel is dissing DC!” fight speech; Feige isn’t so much dissing Green Lantern as he is commenting on what many fans have already said before him: that that film felt hollow and unconvincing with its abundance of CGI characters and costumes. It certainly is a challenge facing GotG; and, despite the cool Star Wars-esque concept art we’ve seen (see above), if not executed correctly, this film could end up feeling more like Episode I than Episode IV. Given how important Guardians is to the events of Avengers 2, Marvel’s Phase 2 teamup event could hinge upon how effectively director James Gunn and his effects team are at convincing you that a talking Raccoon is real.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt as Star Lord; Zoe Saldana as the warrior Gamora; Dave Bautista as resurrected badass, Drax; Michael Rooker as alien archer Yondu Udonta, and Lee Pace as the villain. No word yet on who will voice CGI characters Groot and Rocket Raccoon.


Iron Man 3 releases in U.S. theaters on May 3rd, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

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  1. I should voice Rocket Racoon! Disney call me!

  2. Im sorry this film will be the doen fall of marvel Disney James Gunn is a Hack this film sounds like a train wreck in the works !!!

    • PBR?

      Probable Basement Reject?
      Potential Busboy Retiree?

      Just curious….

  3. This film will be the down fall of marvel Disney !!! Its a train wreck in the works !!!

    • Your grammar is a train wreck.

      • Haha, you’re correct.


      The biggest movie of the year.

  4. Kofi Outlaw
    is a total marval fan boy PS Lame name

  5. So in the end of irom man 3 Pepper potts flys in a Iron man suit to save Tony hahahahahaP

  6. “talking Raccoon is real” ~ Kofi

    Yeah, I am already having a hard time with the raccoon.

    • God, don’t bust on the Raccoon or you’ll make a lot of people’s tender parts become inflamed. It’s a good idea, damn it!!!

  7. seriously though, I do tihink the “blame” lies with the fans. Fact is, if fans will simply wait, instead of seeing a comic book movie on opening day things might change for better, in terms of getting far better comic book movies. Word of mouth is still the strongest advertisement for films (it can either make of break a film). With that said, because some fans will go on opening day to see a comic book movie when it comes out, my suggestion would be to wait for the review from them (the comic book fanboy next door, trusted fanboy critics, etc). If the review is bad, then wait for it to come out netflix and/or cable. Every 6-12 bucks fans pour into the box office to see a weak comic book movie (such as ghost rider 1 and 2, green lantern, the x-men movies, the fantastic four films etc) the more i think we can be sure that the film studios will continue to create more bland comic book movies.

    Consumers need to remember, YOU ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE THE POWER because businesses want your money. Show some restraint, particularily when the movie is being made by the same director and film studio who have already given us weak and bland comic book films in the past.

    • Well, you’re another person who doesn’t demonstrate an understanding of the difference between an opinion and a fact. I suggest that you work on that.

      • So sad that you would come at with me an unwarranted insult/attack, yet with no reasoning or rebuttal behind it (it is because of that why you would probably be labeled a troll on screenrant). What is funny is that your comment is more of an opinion than mine, since mine is actual fact when it comes to business (buying and selling). Have you ever heard of the term “supply and demand” (I do find it humorous that you think it is an opinion, or just don’t know if it is either an opinion or fact. sheesh)? Nevertheless, read up on it and then you can come talk to me.

        • It absolutely was warranted. Just because you found ghost rider, the x men movies, etc, as weak comic book movies, doesn’t mean that everyone thinks the same way about those movies. Now, if you had written, “I think…..”, I wouldn’t have called you out. Get it, now?

          • Actually, the only one you called out was yourself. Therefore, your response to my comment was again, unwarranted. The fact that you don’t know the difference between an opinion and fact shows your first reponse to be very hypocritical and your other response, which I am responding, to be senseless. If you need every ranter to write the words IN MY OPINION or I THINK whenever they are commenting about what they think, then you really need to go back to school and learn the basics of english, and to develope your reading comprehension skills. Grow up.

            I would like to see Screenrant as a site where mature people can come and conversate on whatever topics the article above is about. This is why some folks would label you a troll because, 1…you insult without reason (which you still do not have), 2…your rants (which is a response to my comments) have nothing to do with the topic above this page. If some folks don’t like the same movies you do, why are you whining about it? Grow up and accept it. If you can’t handle that then don’t come to screenrant. It’s really that simple. Think before you type because you are only making yourself look bad.

            Not everyone liked the x-men movies, and that’s that. (and norrin if that is you with another tag, it’s pretty lame, dude. we squashed our disagreement, at least I thought we did, but you did not have to get another tag in a lame attempt to re-argue with me. Come on, man).

            • Actually, It seems to me like you were the one who was quite insulting to him and whining. All he said was that because you didn’t like certain movies, doesn’t mean that others didn’t too. I feel like you overreacted and were more insulting than he was.

              • @ Mr. Day
                I agree with you. Your comment is true enough. It is disturbing how people find it difficult to know what is a fact and what is an opinion.

                @ Nyte
                I don’t think you were paying attention either. If you scroll up a few comments you will notice that it was JustinJ who started the insults at Day. Do you know the difference between a fact and an opinion? Mr. Day is right, there are lots of people who do not like the x-men movies, ghost rider movies and others. It is very much comprehensible that his view of these movies are his opinion. How come you guys can’t figure that out?

        • I support you whole heartily.

  8. What’s the problem here? It’s a damn superhero movie. I don’t understand why it’s so bad to have the raccoon. Why is it bad it’s in space? People went in flocks to see the new Star Wars and they were all terrible. People will see this movie, it won’t pull in iron man money but it will do fine. I really don’t get why this such s big leap? Are people really that lame?

  9. No Vance Astro? Producers what are you thinking? Vance HAS to be part of this franchise. He was the coolest character in the original series and he directly connects GOTG to the Avengers and especially to his boyhood idol Captain America. This movie could be Marvel’s “Star Wars” if done right. Don’t muck it up.

  10. If you ask me, the problems with Green Lantern had nothing to do with audiences being able to accept such a far out concept. It had little to do with the CGI, although that was also a bit of an eyesore. The film failed because it had a bad script. If you don’t have a good script with good character progression, a solid story, and believable dialogue, the film fails, no matter what it’s about.

    Green Lantern had cheesy dialogue, an unlikable character who hardly developed or had any identifiable traits, and had leaps in the logic of the plot.

    But, because the movie tanked, the brand is now tainted, as people associate the character with the bad film. It will be a long time before Green Lantern will be able to redeem himself at the cinema.

  11. David Tenant for Rocket Raccoon
    James Earl Jones or Dennis Haysbert as Groot

    I’ve always read Rocket in my mind as British, quick and quirky, while Groot has always had a deep resonate slow sounding voice. Something like an Old Coal train working its way up a steep incline.

    My 2cents

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  13. I noticed that you said this movie will be based in an alternate future, but that is not actually the case. Unless you consider the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to be an alternate future.

    The original Guardians lineup (Vance Astro, Starhawk, Charlie-27, Martinex, Yondu, etc…) took place in the future of an alternate universe, but that story will not be followed in the movie (thankfully!).

    The lineup followed in the movie will be the heroes introduced in 2008, (Starlord, Rocket, Groot, Drax, and Gamora) who are actually rooted in current day 616 (the primary Marvel Universe). Similarly, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie will take place in the current day MCU.

    Just wanted to correct that! No hate. Thanks for the article. :)

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