‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ More of a ‘Standalone Film’

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Guardians of the Galaxy Script Guardians of the Galaxy More of a Standalone Film

After Thor and The Avengers introduced moviegoers to the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, we knew Phase Two of the film franchise would build on these story elements and characters and fully embrace the multitude of otherworldly stories available from decades of pre-existing Marvel Comics lore. 

Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has touted for years that this major part of Marvel Comics was something he very much wanted to explore on the big screen. With Guardians of the Galaxy, their riskiest project to date, Feige is making it happen with the help of director and writer James Gunn, who has the task of crafting the most extreme sci-fi film for the studio yet.

In issue #233 of SFX (available March 6th), Feige spoke on the topic of the cosmic side of the Marvel cinematic universe. With rumors of Iron Man 3 possibly seeing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) head to space, and Thor: The Dark World joining Guardians in embracing space-faring adventures, is it fair to say that this setting is essential to Phase Two as a whole?

“I wouldn’t say that in a broad sense. The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”

The 5% of non-space likely refers to a few scenes on earth, used to setup the human background of lead characters like Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax the Destroyer, but it could also be used at the end of the film if it sees these characters, now a team of cosmic Avengers themselves, land on our planet to meet Earth’s Mightiest.

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With word that Thanos will return after his brief appearance in The Avengers for not only Guardians of the Galaxy but for The Avengers 2, how integral is Guardians to the other Phase Two films and vice versa?

“I would say that it does not. It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.”

While Feige may position Guardians of the Galaxy as its own, seemingly independent adventure, it will still very much be connected to the future of the franchise. There’s no reason to put as much money and resources behind such a risky and obscure property if it wasn’t integral to the bigger picture plans of the studio. What happens in Guardians of the Galaxy will have an important part to play in The Avengers 2 and beyond, come time for Phase Three.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you’re excited for a pure space-based Marvel movie!

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, 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 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.


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  1. I assumed it would be more standalone

  2. I’m glad it’s more of a standalone. It would suck if Avengers 2 was revolved around this and then it flops.

    • Yeah i think i’m with you man

    • Agreed. Indeed.

  3. i can see it more of a stand alone movie. the only reason i think they are. doing this is because of thanos and when they get rid of him there is no need for the guardians.

    i only say that because they need space for the other marvel characters. but if they continue the story for the guardians then it they wont be in the avengers 3. maybe they could be the ones to die, thanos after all could get tones of hate is he kills his own daughter, adopted or not.

  4. Yep, it sure will be interesting, cant wait to see it, though I am more excited about IM3, Cap2, and ANTMAN of course

    • Oh, yes. Of course.

  5. Pretty surprising considering it comes out before Avengers 2. I imagined at end of Thor 2, we would find out that Malekith was working for Thanos and steels the Infinity Guantlet for Thanos. Then it turns out in Guardians of the Galaxy that Thanos needs the Infinity Gems and that movie would be about the Guardians trying to stop him from getting them. Then buy the end of that, Thanos has all but one gem and the last one is on earth which Loki used for his staff which would be kept in SHIELD custody. That was my dumb theory.

    • I think you are spot on buddy

    • @deadpool87, Woah! Good theory!

      • Nope. The Infinity Gauntlet had all the gems in it in Odin’s vault. The scepter was powered by the Tesseract.

        • The Infinity Guantlet did have all the gems but you have to pause the Thor movie to even get a glimpse of it. I came up with the missing gems thing just for a plot device in Guardians of the Galaxy. Loki’s scepter in The Avengers was powered by a gem which gave off tesseract energy. One of the Infinity gems has the ability to control the mind. Thats what Loki’s gem in the scepter did, controlled minds.

    • Good plot idea!!

    • wow man,damn good theory That could actually happen and make a lot of sense

  6. I think he may have meant standalone as in “we have no Avengers characters in this to set up their future and the Guardians may not be in Avengers 2 at all, we’re just showcasing them for now then weaving them into Phase 3′s stories somehow”.

    • Exactly. The director just means there are no Avengers characters in Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians of the Galaxy story will most likely lead straight into Avengers 2 movie

      • So no Tony Stark in GotG?

  7. I’d still like to see guardian/avenger teamup against thanos

    • Hopefully we get it in Phase 3 if they’re smart and just use Thanos in Avengers 2 as a puppetmaster for another villain that requires a team up to stop.

  8. Ok I’m putting it out there right now.

    Ronda Rousey as Gamora!!

    Or any hand-to-hand combat super heroine in the genre.

    • Excluding Cyborg Santos of course.

    • I’m Voting For Linda Cardellini.

  9. I wish I knew more about these caracters. I trust Marvel will make the most out of what they have – but seeing a raccoon weilding a gun sorta makes me question everything. I can imagine Iron man battling next to a rodent. Are there any animated movies or series out there about GOTG?

    • You know, 5 years ago (2008), how many people could have imagined Iron Man battling next to Hulk? Just saying. :)

      • The hulk is a terrible analogy cause he has always been a known character is ferigno played him. A raccoon is much sillier and odd

    • I just got The Thanos Imperative from a bookstore so maybe look that up on wikipedia?

      Can’t be any crazier than a Scandinavian looking alien throwing a hammer next to an oversized green behemoth though, right? If this was “Marvel Movies courtesy of Chris Nolan” then I could understand your comment but the studio has reveled in its goofy and cartoony aesthetics and tone. A talking, gun-toting raccoon isn’t too much of a stretch.

    • Seeing Iron Man next to Hulk or Thor (who looks COMPLETELY HUMAN) is not at all comparable to a gun slinging racoon. I understand that this is fantacy – but when I picture talking animals – my mind goes straight to Narnia, which is a children’s movie.

      I’ve still got high hopes for this movie – and just as I said, I trust what Marvel does with their movies. I’m just voicing my speculations.

      • Hulk looks human?

        The fact he’s 8 feet tall and green sorta gives that away I guess.

        • He said THOR looks human. Ever heard of rereading something to make sure you understood it correctly?

    • They make an appearance in the second season of avengers: earth mightiest heroes.

    • Go read the Thanos Imperitive storylin. Its really amazing and the Guardians and Thanos are in it.

    • Raccoon’s are not rodents btw.

    • Because of the tree-man and the racoon ranger, I think Guardians will flop, and wish they would not make that film (but yes, it is Marvel, so I will watch it, probably on Netflix when available. Doubt I will buy it on DVD, tho.). I think it will cheapen The Avengers atmosphere by having those 2 characters.

      • Every time I hear this it makes me wish Marvel would just throw in Man-thing and Howard the Duck just to screw with people.

        • @stiles… Give us a call… Both Howard and Manny have open calendars for filming. We are always open to new ideas, and we are absolutely in favor of screwing with people.


          Marvel Development team.

        • Lol… yes, totally howard the duck. i now really want a howard the duck movie. him teaming up with ash from the evil dead to stop the marvel hereos thatt are becoming zombies

      • You say this in every GOTG article on this site. It’s getting old now.

        I hope Marvel really screws up your world and has Ant-Man shrink down so much that he ends up in the Mocroverse and they introduce the Micronauts in a movie. That would really blow your narrow little mind.

      • The most closed minded comic book fans I have ever seen!! WTF do yu really think comic books are real? This mvie has a ton of potential, and to the poster at the top Tony tark will still make a cameo in GOTG! all but certain, he goes to find out who sent a coded S.O.S. it will be the guardians!!

    • @SuperDave, If you want to see them in an animated series then watch:

      The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – Season 2 – Episode Michael Korvac
      However Drax and Gamora aren’t in it.

      Ultimate Spider-Man: The Animated Series – Season 2 – Episode is TBA
      Michael Clarke Duncan voices Groot.

      In Planet Hulk the animated movie, Star-Lord and Gamora are seen in the gladiatorial arena’s audience.

      Dark Surfer in Super Hero Squad mentions the Guardians.

      Oh yeah and Raccoons aren’t rodents.

  10. I dont see why everything just HAS to be connected. They can do their own thing in space and have adventures etc completely unrelated to whatever the avengers are doing. Almost prefer it. Sure there can be overlap with villains or better yet Gotg can serve as a primer for Kree/Skrulls and once they are introed.. We know where that could lead for future avengers stuff.

    • It HAS to be connected,to ensure higher Profits !
      Simple as that !

      If it would not be connected who can ensure the Box Office to be at least a little profitable?

      • You act as if profits are a bad thing.

      • Lol i get the profits part for sure. I mean rather gotg and avengers dont have to be joined at the hip for everything. They should naturally be connected because they exist in the same universe and enemies, races etc gotg encounter could pop up in avengers movies. Beyond that I dot see a pressing need to have gotg “meetup” the avengers in a movie so they all fight together etc.

  11. The more I hear about Guardians the more interested i get i though i have never seen Pratt in a movie before i think he will be great as Star Lord and it sounds like Gunn is an excellent choice of director for this, he seems to really enjoy doing stuff like this so i think he’ll work out great, i’ hoping he can make Guardians into like a J.J Abrams Star Trek kind of movie for Marvel now that i would pay to see. So i also heard that Momoa is most likely out as Drax which is a bummer to me because i thought he would have worked out well for the movie I don’t really think he’s a great actor i just think he’s entertaining to watch i did think he was great on Game of Thrones though even if his role was pretty minor not sure who i’d have replace him if that is the case and it look like it is. I’m glad to hear that Guardians isn’t super tied into the rest of the universe because i feel that if that were the case it’d end up being like Iron Man 2 which wasn’t my favorite marvel movie or movie in general, I’m really looking forward to Captain America WInter Soldier because it sounds like it’ll be more serious than the first one, now i liked the first one but i felt like it was really corny at certain points and a little to sci-fi for the 1940s era, i think Iron Man 3 looks amazing and i can’t wait for a trailer for Dark World and i wish Ant-Man was coming out soon

    • Latino-Review is saying, Momoa is still in negotiation but he’s waiting them out. Therefore Marvel has turned to Batista and also reopened the auditions.

      However Gunn recently came out and said, don’t believe anything bcuz if new info comes, Marvel will officially announce it. Any speculations are more likely false.

      IMO Manu Bennett would be great for Drax. He’s an actor born with a sword in his hand. He is the Pale Orc in The Hobbit, Deathstroke in Arrow, and Crixus in Spartacus.

  12. Wooh! I hope there’s epic space battles with lots of lasers and explosions! Why are there so few movies with space battles between massive fleets of huge capital ships?!! :((
    I would love to see a futuristic sci-fi with a war between two galaxies!

  13. Also it’s best not to think of Rocket Raccoon as an “animal” but instead an intelligent genetically engineered organism, which is what he actually is.

    • I once had two raccoons as pets. They did not carry guns. Or fly around in outer space. They could sure munch their way through Salerno Butter Cookies, tho! (Do they still make those cookies? I liked them, too!).

      • I’d pay good money to put you and your raccoons in space.

      • @Goldilocks, You do realize that Rocket is an alien raccoon who has been genetically anthropized to wield guns and think like a human.

        Unless your pet Raccoons have been genetically altered then you can’t compare them to good ol’ rockey.

  14. I’m betting the Guardians of the Galaxy are being set up to fall to Thanos as he collects the Infinity Gems. A) It will be interesting to see the good guys lose, especially ones that I’m sure will be made lovable to audiences quite quickly. B)It will serve to give Thanos some supervillain credibility instead of being revealed and defeated within one movie (Avengers 2).

    • Good theory!

  15. GotG is important for phase 2 and beyond. Drax the destroyer was created by kronos (thanos grand daddy) to kill the mad titan. Drax was engineered for that task. he has the ability to sense thanos presence, immunity to thanos force field & the knowledge of thanos weaknesses.

  16. But at what point does Marvel vs. Capcom? When are they going to reboot Street Fighter so that we can watch a live-action 37-hit combo into a special dual finish?

  17. Hey Rob, toward the end, you have this line…

    “There’s no reason to put as money money and resources behind…”

    I like ‘money money’, but you might have meant ‘as much money’. Terrific article sir, keep ‘em coming.

    • Oh woops! Side effect of sleeping only from 4am to 6am. Long story.

      • My life is a long story, glad to be of help.

  18. All I know is that what I want to see most from Marvel right now is (as relates to The Avengers): Quicksilver, Goliath (Hank Pym), Wasp, and Scarlet Witch show up for the good-guy side, and Ultron, Kang, and The Skrulls show up for the bad-guy side!

    • Well, you’re not getting any of that.

      Enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy.

      Oh, and next time you post something about this movie, it’ll be too soon.

  19. GotG is important for phase 2 and beyond. Drax the destroyer was created by kronos (thanos grand daddy) to kill the mad titan. Drax was engineered for that task. he has the ability to sense thanos presence, immunity to thanos force field & the knowledge of thanos weaknesses.

  20. Nice! We got the producer saying, no heroes from Avengers will be in this movie and we got Gunn saying it’ll take place in another galaxy and not to believe any huge rumors.

    For me, this confirms that Iron Man won’t be a Guardian. If it’s in another Galaxy, not even Iron Man can get there with his current technology. He would have to open up a wormhole and so far, he looks too busy with other things in IM3 than to think about that.

    However I do hope it takes place in the Andromeda Galaxy. This way, we get to see Xandar.

    From the concept art, those look like Nova ships in the background. As seen in the new Nova #1, those are the same ships.

  21. This sounds good, because there were so many films already boosting things for Avengers 1. I’m glad that Iron man 3 is own movie and now GOTG, no need to boost something for the future all the time. End of credits stuff will do :)

  22. I think avengers 2 should come out before GOG. The streets are hot for Thanos right now, but fighting people we recognize. After The next Ironman, Thor, and Cap its time for the Avengers to assemble. Thowing in GOG with Thanos as the villian is unfulfilled of drama. GOG can’t deliver the passion people want with Thanos’s entrance. I can see it being a very interesting sci-fi freak show. Streets want more. Have GOG help out in the end Avenger 2 because Thanos is so overwhelming. Then that sets them up. But don’t play Thanos cheap by having him get beat in GOG then come back in Avengers 2. This character can be the biggest antagonize in comics. We want his performance to blow out the Joker. Two different comic genre’s, apples and oranges you could say, but still fruit. Oh yeah I hope something is planned special for the voice of Thanos. For the streets this is more important than who wears the costume. Again right now the Joker had the most unique voice and dialogue fitting the character definition. Finally display a mature marvel universe where our idea of good and evil doesn’t always apply. Things serve a purpose. Have a code that even a Thanos follows. So a person won’t feel like they are supporting a loser by wearing a Thanos tee shirt.

  23. Marvel needs to get the rights to Galactus and the Silver Surfer back. If they are going to do Marvel cosmic, they need to be available. Also, I personally hope Iron Man is not in GotG. He not a Marvel “cosmic” hero.

  24. So basically they hire all of their directors based on their ability to be complete Yesmen.