Chris Pratt on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Joining ‘The Avengers’

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Since unveiling teaser footage at this July’s San Diego Comic-Con, Guardians of the Galaxy has maintained a steady flow of buzz thanks to high-profile casting reports (see: Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel) and scenes with aliens shot in a few public areas of London. While there is still so much we don’t know about the film’s story we do know Marvel Studios is very intentionally banking on the risky project.

Guardians of the Galaxy has an important role to play for the future of the franchise, being the first to fully explore the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. While writer and director James Gunn’s story is described as standalone, its characters and story arcs are building towards something bigger, something that may one day merge Chris Pratt and co. with the familiar heroes of The Avengers.

Speaking with IGN on the set of Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt – who does have a role in the upcoming season despite is busy schedule in London with Guardians - spoke on the idea of his team of cosmic heroes one day joining Earth’s Mightiest here on Earth.

“Man, that would be really cool. What’s nice is that it is all the same universe. Because it falls under the Marvel umbrella, there is the possibility, just like in the comic books, that these stories could intersect.

… it’s exciting to think that. A lot of it’s just going to depend on what people think of the movie and if it makes sense for Marvel to keep making more of them. But I sure hope it does because I’ve never done anything like it. I hope they make ten of them.”

Like most (all?) Marvel Studios contracts, the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy (even Benicio Del Toro) have signed multi-picture deals to ensure their involvement should the film earn sequels, but how many pictures each signed for we don’t yet know. If they’re anything like the main heroes of The Avengers, options on their deal for future appearances could be as large as six (Chris Evans) or nine (Samuel L. Jackson) meaning not only would they be locked for future Guardians installments, but roles in potential spin-offs and future Avengers movies.

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And that is the plan. With the big bad villain Thanos only teased in The Avengers and having a larger role in Guardians of the Galaxy, it is the cosmic threat that may lead to the ultimate team-up of The Avengers and the Guardians down the road – perhaps as a concluding chapter to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the untitled Avengers 3.

If Guardians of the Galaxy proves a viable franchise among fans and critics – and it performs well at the box office – the merging (or at least meeting) of the two franchises is inevitable.

Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. Chris Pratt is joined by Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.


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.

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  1. I think Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be a surprise hit in the summer of 2014. It won’t make Avengers or IM3 money but it will be extremely profitable. Even if you’re not a fan of Guardians or don’t know much about them, you’ll still see the movie if you want to see how this universe expands and possibly teases Age of Ultron. Which would be the next movie coming.

    • And even if you don’t care about any of the above, you’ll still want to see it because it (probably) looks good once they have more footage filmed to create a proper trailer.

      Meaning those of us who have Guardians comic books on the shelves will have to shove our way through the unwashed masses to get a decent seat after hurrying through the ticket counter.

      • I’m cautiously optimistic. But it’s a movie about a raccoon and a talking tree. The marketing for this movie needs to be top notch for the unwashed masses to realize that this more than a Disney movie with talking animals in it. Even it turns out to be the best MCU movie, it could still crash and burn financially. Definitely risky.

        • I’d rather have Marvel make a risky GotG movie than have to sit through yet another generic, Wolverine-centric X-Movie any day… but maybe that’s just me.

      • Oh poor you so u are saying you don’t like the mass of non comic owning fans there. Hate to bust your bubble but they are why we are getting all these comic book adaptation.

    • I disagree, I think it may very well be Marvels first flop.

      • I’m pretty sure it won’t, but even if it does, it won’t flop as hard as, say, Green Lantern for instance.

    • The Guardians will unite while DC nation fails to take flight.

  2. I still want some Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Inhumans and Richard Rider Nova. Too bad stupid Fox has Silver Surfer and Galactus. I would love love love to see them intertwined with the Avengers.

    • Annihilus and Terrax used as villains with a big cosmic team up would be pretty epic.

    • +1 to all of those.

      I have a strong suspicion that Carol Danvers is going to be introduced in the next set of films. I am very hopeful.

      • Yes! Hopefully with Katee Sackhoff…

        • yes please!

    • The fact that FOX wants to do something with X-men I get, X-men’s big enough to make a separate universe out of. Same for Spider-man with Sony.

      But FOX keeping ownership of FF4/SS/Galactus is just bloody ridiculous. They should be ashamed of that. There’s nothing artistic to gain in that, it’s pure $$$. For every FF4 movie they make, they should’ve made an X-men movie.

      I honestly feel moronic for saying it, but somewhere I honestly feel like calling for a boycot of anything FOX does with Marvel properties outside the X-men franchise. I don’t see an excuse for it that has anything to do with art or the fans, in any way.

      • +1

      • -1

      • Fantastic four has potential but things seem unsteady but I definitely want a reboot of this.

      • I really want to see more of spider man in marvel movies and I hope that he will be in a future avengers movie and that he will play an active role in the film.

        • That will never happen.

          • I Bet you feel foolish now.

    • Intertwined in a steamy embrace.

    • Not just Avengers but both being MAJOR cosmic entities would fit well with things like GotG.

      FOX ******* up their chance to use the characters with honor and respect. Not as if they will be making an appearance in the new FF reboot so yeah, its a complete waste and a petty power trip on FOXs part.

      • Just imagine what Marvel could do with the Fantastic Four. It might end up being their number one franchise. In the right hands the FF would be awesome, now it’s just another comic book movie.

        • Hell yeah. FF is so underrated and they deserve way better than the sh*t fest they had twice on film. They were what started the Marvel Universe and Marvel/Disney would do wonders with them. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner with Reed Richards, and the Hulk and the Thing fighting and teaming up. Human Torch hitting on Black Widow all the time. GOLD.

          • I wish Marvel would just give Fox like $500M for FF and they would take it and we could all get on with it!

            $500M is a completely fair amount since I can all but guarantee the next FF movie Fox produces won’t make near that much in profit.

      • One word. Mandarin.

        • Eleven words. Iron Man 3 was better than every Fox comic book movie.

  3. Man, that interview was hilarious.

    -Chris Pratt on the movie-
    “I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.”

  4. Holy flark I can’t wait for this movie.. Seeing rocket on the big screen is gonna be amazing

  5. Sounds like they are creating a movie with broader appeal. You don’t have to like the comic book to want to see epic space battles (ie Star Wars or Star Trek). The details kind of remind me of Farscape. This movie would be a perfect opportunity to cameo/guest spot some of Marvel’s many cosmic characters.

  6. In Avengers Assemble, the Avengers teamed with the Guardians to fight Thanos. Therefore if Guardians does well, it can very well happen. By then, we’d need Adam Warlock. Hopefully Guardians 2 will feature Magus.

    If the two teams meet in the movies then Iron Man might be joining the Guardians after words. It’s great in the comics now and it would be great to see on screen too.

    Example: Rocket teaching Tony about all the highly advanced alien tech/treating Tony as a total noob. Can’t wait!

  7. Rocket raccon is official announced to be played by Bradley Cooper

  8. I really hope we can get adam warlock in guardians 2. I would even be interested in a warlock standalone movie. His transformation into Magus is one of my favorite things from the comics. There is just so much awesome to come from guardians.

    • That would be cool.

  9. Maybe Chris Pratt needs to be Marvel’s new poster boy. I mean, what’s not to like about the guy?

    • Pratt has lots of fans already, but I think people are really gonna love him after this movie comes out. I’m hoping it’s so good that they’ll make a second one.

    • Thank you

  10. What I would love to see, is that film art in a shot of Avengers 3! That would get the pulse racing & the goose bumps going. They could just use that shot then for the trailer. Hahahaha!

  11. I was a decent comic book nerd in my day, but in all honesty I have never heard of GotG before. I am not even a huge Marvel Studios fan (except Iron Man 1, of course). But this seems like it is going to be a good movie if handled right. I love sci-fi movies and I get a Star Wars kind of vibe from this one.

    As long as the trailers are half way decent, I am going to see this one.

  12. I want this Franchise merger to happen badly. GOTG + The Avengers vs. Thanos in “the big finale” for The Avengers 3… omg….

  13. I could totally see the GotG teaming up w/ the Avengers – I mean, the comic book Guardians (new team, also movie team) fight Thanos, and he was teased in the first Avengers movie, so why not? Time travel, universe hopping, protecting the galaxy with Earth’s mightiest heroes. Dude. It’d be AWESOME.