Brian Michael Bendis On Marvel NOW! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & The Phase II Film
Talking to USA Today about his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel NOW! series celebrated writer Brian Michael Bendis discusses his plans for the comic book and touches on the planned Phase II Marvel Studios film from James Gunn.
Bendis has moved on from The Avengers after 8+ years, taking his words and ideas to the X-Men for Marvel Comics but he's also carving out time to pen a new take on the Guardians of the Galaxy. In a recent interview with USA Today, Bendis talked about his plans for the intergalactic wayfarers and shared a few thoughts about the film adaptation from Marvel Studios.
"I had this idea of one of the Guardians being an Earth member. It seemed like that would be a cool thing to do and would say a lot more what the book is. It'd be so easy for any of them to do otherwise [than be a hero], but instead they're being selfless. That's pretty cool. You look at Star-Lord and once you find his origin story, there you go, man. He's our Luke Skywalker. That's our Peter Parker right there. In the fight [Drax] is amazing, but in between those fights not only does he not know what to do with himself but there are constantly people challenging him or trying to make their name on him. [Gamora] thinks her father is a monster and is going to do whatever she can to stop it. Rocket's got a whole thing going on in his past and it's all messed up and he's the only one of his kind. It's hilarious how much you end up caring about him, and how much he cares about Groot makes you care about him. You start with the gag, then all of a sudden they're the heart and soul of the piece."
While James Gunn has indeed met with writers DnA of Annihilation Conquest fame recently at the London offices of Marvel Studios, by all accounts it appears that Bendis is the main comic book consultant on the film. If the above isn't enough of an indication for you about the direction the film might be looking to go, here's what he directly shared about the film.
"It's fantastical imagination. It's the best of what comics and movies can do — here is a new world, here is a new agenda. When the first Iron Man movie was put on the schedule, a lot of people were commenting in the exact same way: 'He's not a household name like Spider-Man. I don't know…' It's almost the exact same conversation we're having about Guardians. The potential is definitely there."
Here's a preview of the first issue of Bendis and artist Steve McNiven's Guardians of the Galaxy which debuts March 27th. The film from James Gunn will hit US theaters August 1, 2014.
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