Marvel's E-I-C 'Axel Alonso' On How The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Comics And Movie Relate
"If the series provides a breadcrumb trail that leads readers to the movie, that’s great, but our job is to make a great comic book — period," says Axel Alonso, who talked to CBR about Guardians of the Galaxy comics and their relationship with the movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy will release next year, while a new comic book featuring the team launched last year. The movies and comic books are usually good compliments to one another. Some of the things we saw in the movies seemed to make it's way into the comic book world, by reshaping a few things. In his weekly column with ComicBookResources, Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso touched on how the comics and movies relate to one another in this particular case.
With “Guardians,” Brian is delivering a widescreen cosmic adventure on the comic book page. The Guardians have never been more relevant to the Marvel Universe. If the series provides a breadcrumb trail that leads readers to the movie, that’s great, but our job is to make a great comic book — period. To create great stories featuring Starlord, Rocket, Groot and crew for anyone who wants to read them, before or after the movie hits. Of course, many of us have read the movie script and seen stuff that hasn’t been made public yet, so we know what a treat people are in for. I knew James Gunn before he was tapped to helm the movie — we’ve snowballed story ideas for comics — and I can tell you, he is a major talent with a great love and respect for the comic book medium. He is going to knock this movie out of the park.
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios, is directed by James Gunn from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, and the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for August 1, 2014!
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