Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Shooting in London This Summer

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Fans are waiting with bated breath to learn who’re playing the titular Guardians of the Galaxy – whose ranks include Peter Quill/Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer – in director James Gunn’s Marvel comic book adaptation. The answer(s) are coming soon; though, of late, the actor shortlist seems to be growing, not narrowing.

In the meantime, Marvel Studio’s getting things in order for shooting beginning this summer, shortly after the Russo brothers wrap production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier – that being the other Marvel Cinematic Universe installment scheduled for 2014.

Guardians is a movie of interest for numerous reasons, not least of which being it’s the Phase Two entry that directly leads into Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2 (with the official subtitle TBD) in May 2015. Similarly, it should properly introduce that sequel’s antagonist Thanos, following The Mad Titan’s fleeting appearance in the Avengers‘ mid-credits sequence.

Screen Daily is reporting that Guardians begins lensing at Shepperton Studios (of the Pinewood Group) in London sometime this summer. Director Alan Taylor shot portions of Thor: The Dark World on those sound stages, during production in the tail-end of last year; thus, keeping that Marvel sequel on schedule for a November release, much like both The Winter Soldier and Guardians open twelve months after principal photography starts on the respective projects.

Gunn’s movie will require Green Lantern-levels of green screen material (and then some), to create its inter-galactic settings and characters. Thus, there shouldn’t be much in the way of on-location filming or leaked set photos for fans to inspect (like what happened on Avengers and the Thor sequel).

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Here is the (not) official Guardians synopsis:

[‘Guardians’ is 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.

There are questions much bigger than casting decisions looming over Guardians, be it concerning what, exactly, is this “twisted” take on the property that Gunn has up his sleeve; not to mention, whether or not the colorful alien characters focused on in the film will be as endearing to general audiences as Marvel heads are hoping. In that sense, Guardians is the most intriguing MCU installments since Thor, with regard to us finding how the fantastical property translates on the big screen (and still upholds its duties as an entry in a shared movie universe).

Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, 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 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.

Source: Screen Daily

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  1. This is great then we should start seeing some official casting news real soon.

    And hopefully a Thor the dark world trailer! Or poster! Ill even take some concept art.

    • Yeah, I’m very surprised that we haven’t even gotten a teaser poster for Thor 2 yet. Seems kinda weird that they haven’t released anything so far.

      • They are focusing on ‘IRON MAN 3′ right now… there have been lots of Thor 2 concept art and set photos on here already… You must have missed them.

        • I was on a cruise ship for the past week so yeah, maybe I missed the concept art, because I haven’t seen a single thing about Thor 2 other than a few set photos here and there.

          When was the art released?

  2. I didn’t even think of it until someone else pointed it out, but the synopsis of GOTG and “Farscape” are actually very, very similar.

    • I was just thinking this even though Ive read most of the other articles. Of course it is (not) official. 😀

    • Glad to see I’m not the only one who thought about Farscape (I miss that show)

      • “Have domething everone wants”… If the thing they have is a tesseract (wormhole maker) than yeah… Pretty much the same exact thing.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing spaceships that aren’t Star Trek, Star wars or Alien on the big screen. I’m excited to see what they come up with.

    • lol well be ready for a giant severed head of a Celestial floating around in the middle of Knowhere.

  4. I am so friggin’ excited for GOTG. Not because I’m a hardcore fan, but because I don’t know a thing about it. I guess I really, really want Gunn to do a good job developing all the alien elements while adding a different human hero to Marvel (Star-Lord). I hope they take their time developing everything, rather than ending up with a Thor-ish feeling. Not bad, but not great.
    I would love to see John Krasinski play Quill. I don’t really know why. I feel like he could pull off a tough pilot-esque (something not very Jim Halpert like) but also the humility and heroism and character. But that’s just me. Have my fingers crossed.

    • Agree, John Krasinski is the only one from the shortlist that can nail Pete’s unyielding sense of sarcasm. Which is very Jim Halpert like.

  5. london? wait so like… is it going to be on earth at all? or just in space and stuff.. or is their green screen farm place at london? haha

    • *green screen studio place… farm? what was I thinking haha

    • Well I guess most of it will be set in space. They did film four “Star Wars” films in shepperton studios, as well as “Alien”, “Aliens” (I think, although it may have been Pinewood). “Batman Begins was filmed in London and Manchester doubled for New York in “Captain America TFA”

      Many genre films are filmed in the UK, although Austrailia and New Zealand film a hell of a lot nowadays.

      • Oops. “Star Wars” may have been Elstree studios. Anyway, my point is can be surprising how many big hollywood films are not made in Hollywood.

        • ok.. so there prbly wont be any scenes on “earth” per se. I gotcha. I’m just not big into GOTG, I know like… nothing about it, so I’m just curious is all.

          • In the comic, they never went to modern day Earth. They only went to a far future Earth and met the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

            • It’d actually be pretty refreshing to see a comic book movie that doesn’t really tie itself to Earth.

              • Yeah, I’m with you on that. The reason why they didn’t go to Earth in the comics was cuz all their threats were universal threats that would effect the entire cosmos… also cuz the Marvel Civil War was going on and they didn’t want to get involved in Earth’s minor troubles.

  6. This may have been mentioned a while back but I wonder if there will a Tony Stark cameo in the movie briefly at the start when the incident occurs that ends up putting the guy in space. It would require a lot of effort as all they would need is the face close ups of him in the suit and they could pay a stunt man/use graphs for the incident. Stark does not need to have any non-iron man role. I don’t at all want him to have a large part as that would defeat the movie as RDJ does always steal the show in the nicest possible sense.

    It just might be a good way to get some bums on seats in the cinema. Then (hopefully if the movie is good) people will want to see the sequel without RDJ because they want to see more cosmic marvel.

    Just a suggestion/theory. I will be interested to see how they do market the movie though.

    • *it wouldn’t require a lot of effort. My bad!

  7. @SpaceCadet, Idk, that (and the entire Earth scene) would take up a lot of time from the other characters in the movie. In the comic, they never dove down to see how Pete became Star-Lord or how he got into space. The movie should start with Pete already imprisoned in a galactic penal colony, reflecting on why he doesn’t want to be Star-Lord anymore, like in Annihilation: Conquest – Starlord.

    • Was just an idea as people quite like to know how things came to be. It would literally be 7mins right at the start in which you start off during the incident, then boom he’s in space in the middle of an intergalactic battle. Next scene is the bridge of a spaceship identifying anomalous craft. Then you can just have some text come up on screen saying however long later and he’s in the camp.

      Just to provide a brief link to Earth. Also makes him more identifiable as there will be a fair few abstract characters in the movie in comparison to the rest of the MCU. Just letting my mind wonder really as it is quite fun, but I wouldn’t want the opening to be long at all as that distracts from the rest of the movie. Likely that the opening will be nothing like that anyway.

      I’m not very up on GOTG events but that’s the impression I got from the synopsis

      • @SpaceCadet, Still, what you just said, will take another 10min of the movie that has nothing to do with Guardians. However it’s an unofficial synopsis, so it’ll change.

        In the Guardians comic, Pete returns as the Star-Lord, after many years of not being Star-Lord. I’d rather him be in the state of (sorrow) carrying his epic failure than to watch him become Star-Lord for the 1st time. His day one as Star-Lord origins isn’t important to the team and why he formed it. He formed the team out of the sorrow he brought upon himself, on top of the 2 Annihilation events that took place prior to the forming of the team.

        The movie should start with him being taken to Kree or Nova prison for the failure he made as Star-Lord. In jail, he’ll meet everyone else for the 1st time (as in the comic). New threat comes along and bam! there’s your movie.

        • Correction: The movie should start off with him at the Kyln.

          • Personally, I think him starting off drinking whisky at a seemingly human bar would be a perfect character intro. followed by a bar brawl with a variety of aliens.

            • @matt, lol that would be awesome! Have the narrative begin with Pete. Make it seem like Pete’s drinking in a normal bar until an alien knocks into him from behind. Then we see Gamora knocking the alien out with one punch cuz there’s an epic bar fight going on.

  8. I have high hopes for this movie, but I’m still hoping that they don’t cast David Batista for the role of draxx.

  9. cant wait!!

  10. I really hope this works out. Peter Quill is the perfect character to bring on-screen as a sort of human-alien transition character, as I don’t think leaping into a whole new universe bodes well for GotG.

    Fingers crossed to get Mantis in, at least as a supporting role!