There are six officially confirmed Marvel Studios productions underway, that together form “Phase Two” of the Marvel cinematic universe. Five of the six have a director, the one that does not is Guardians of the Galaxy.

Outside of concept art that confirms the core roster of Guardians of the Galaxy, a release date and a new screenwriter, little is known about what stories from Marvel Comics the film adaptation will draw from as it paves the way for The Avengers 2 the following summer. If this morning’s release of a logline about the film is anything to go by, we may at least have a vague idea of the film’s synopsis.

Production Weekly and The Grid both shared the following one-line description of Guardians of the Galaxy that may offer our first idea of what to expect from Guardians of the Galaxy.

About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

In its simplest form, it’s referring to the history of Star-Lord (think space cop), the central character on the team, but we can confirm that it’s not something officially released by Disney/Marvel. Perhaps that’s for the best since this logline alone sounds awfully too similar to last year’s Green Lantern and that’s not a good thing.

If it were authentic though, the U.S. pilot mentioned is either Peter Quill or Vance “Astro” Astrovik from the comics. Quill is Star-Lord but earned that title by forcefully taking the place of another astronaut. He’s not the most likable guy at first. Astro on the other hand, was actually in the airforce in the comics, but goes by the name Major Victory in the books after travelling forward and back in time (his younger self in the timeline goes by the codename Justice). It’s Astro (also a teammate) who inspires Quill and his team to adopt the name Guardians of the Galaxy.

The history of Guardians of the Galaxy however, is rather convoluted with its stop-start history, multiple timelines (and alternate realities) and varied intergalactic characters. From the “ex-con” description (the Guardians are not ex-criminals), it’s a safe bet that there will be changes made in adapting what’s canon from Marvel Comics to the silver screen and those two characters could be swapped or merged.

The most interesting part of the description is the “something everyone wants” part which we can assume refers to one of the very special artifacts found in Odin’s vault on Asgard (as seen in Thor). It’s either the Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) – the elusive MacGuffin featured in Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers – or, in direct reference to Thanos, it’s the Infinity Gauntlet – the all-powerful glove that can destroy the galaxy. A key part of Thanos’ comics is him acquiring the gems to put together the Gauntlet where he then erased half of the universe to impress Death (the personified version of Death as name-dropped in The Avengers mid-credits scene).

Stay tuned for official Guardians of the Galaxy news sooner rather than later as we’ll be following it very closely here at Screen Rant. For now, tell us what you’d like to see in Guardians and what other characters should appear (Adam Warlock, Nova, etc.).

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, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.

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Source: Production Weekly, The Grid