Speaking highly of the interstellar team's rising popularity, Marvel writer & movie consultant Brian Michael Bendis discusses whether Disney's new 2015 Star Wars movie affects Guardians of the Galaxy!

In spite of Marvel’s upcoming “space epic” and riskiest endeavor since assembling The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the studios’ parent company Disney hotly acquired Lucasfilm and announced Star Wars: Episode VII will kickoff an all-new trilogy. Marvel comics writer & movie consultant, Brian Michael Bendis recently weighed in on the interstellar projects with SFX mag’.

“We first started talking about doing this years ago when it looked like there weren’t going to be any more Star Wars films,” he asserts, as a member of the House of Ideas’ Creative Committee. “It just shows that there must be something in the air. It’s one of those zeigeiest moments when everyone is thinking about the same thing. Marvel is thinking about how to make their space epic work & here comes the greatest space epic ever & from the same company. It’ll be fun!”

In light of the James Gunn-directed film and Marvel NOW! comic book series, which he is scripting with artist Steve McNiven, Brian Bendis says he’s not surprised by the growing popularity of Rocket Raccoon and the other Guardians. “There’s a lot of brainpower here, so it was like ‘let’s put them to work,” he said. “That’s why we’ve such a strong hit ratio and it’s why we’re light years ahead of where Warner Bros. is right now. They should do the same thing with Geoff Johns and their other guys. They might be in better shape if they did that. Fox have hired Mark Millar to do the same thing for them on X-Men and Fantastic Four. It works, so that’s exactly what you should do.”

Marvel Studios presents “Guardians of the Galaxy”—the big cinematic event exploring an interstellar super hero team-up, featuring Marvel characters Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon. While story details are under wraps, the film is rumored to lead with 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. Directed by James Gunn from a screenplay by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on the Marvel comic book series “Guardians of the Galaxy,” first published in 1969 and revived in 2008. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014. In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on other iconic Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Marvel's The Avengers” sequel (title TBA) on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!

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SageMode - 1/9/2013, 2:27 PM
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 2:30 PM
Did they really have to mention Warner Brothers
marvel72 - 1/9/2013, 2:31 PM
bendis is right,marvel are taking chances with characters like ant-man & the guardians of the galaxy all warner bros does is batman & superman movies.

they took a chance with the green lantern which was great that they did but it was just poorly made & a flop at the box office.
sicknimon - 1/9/2013, 2:32 PM
I want to see this movie so bad but a lot of my favorite characters might not even be in the movie!! PHYLA-VELL AND MOONDRAGON (if ya catch my drift) ADAM WARLOCK (classic) MANTIS (pretty integral part) COSMO (I can understand since he wasn't really part of the team but he's still awesome) JACK (what about the chosen one?) VANCE ASTRO (I mean come on, dude sports caps shield from an alternative universe/timeline)
DaenerysTargaryen - 1/9/2013, 2:33 PM
Uhuh nice sure. Can we please get some casting for GOTG *preferably casting that doesn't suck*....and a director choice for Star Wars 7 *that also doesn't suck*. I'm tired of waiting.
sicknimon - 1/9/2013, 2:34 PM
@ ClaireLannister2016 totally agree. Sick of waiting. Especially for Starlord and Drax
Shadow137 - 1/9/2013, 2:34 PM
Bring on the Guardians and Ant-man!!!! I am super excited for these movies.
OriginalGuardiansPlease - 1/9/2013, 2:40 PM
i dont get marvel or bendis...

Where is VANCE ASTRO?????? They NEVER explained how he disapeared in the comics.

To booth it looks like there will be no original guardians.

I agree with Sicknimon. Having Vance with Cap's shield would be awesome. They dont even have to go through his entire back story...just say he's from the future for now. If this movie is succesfull and there is a sequel then show his origin has a flashback (or introduce Starhawk who is still my favorite).

I hope i'm wrong but so far there has been little indication Marvel even cares about the original team which is a shame.

Again I REALLY hope i eat my words and Marvel has something planned both in comics and more importantly on screen.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/9/2013, 2:41 PM
Meh, it's still a talking raccoon. Give me black panther or dr strange instead. Smh
shamo - 1/9/2013, 2:45 PM
ahhaha he just took shots at WB. thats priceless. he just kept it real though, can't be mad at that.
but hell yeah, looking forward to this. anyone who hasn't read DnA's run on GotG missed out and needs to go scrounge up some back issues. one of the best team books of all time imo.
Empowerman - 1/9/2013, 2:50 PM
I really hope this is good ...hell I hope both movies are great.
KaneVonDoom - 1/9/2013, 2:55 PM
Of course they didn't have to but this is in no way "shots fired". They weren't dogging on them in anyway but... if you were Red and I was Blue and I said the sky was blue, you might want to pay attention to what everybody else is noticing and not just because the blue guy said it.
BruceLeroy - 1/9/2013, 2:58 PM
I love it. Somebody from Warner Bros will do the same thing when they have a leg to stand on. It's all about dat competition fellas.
superotherside - 1/9/2013, 3:09 PM
Star Lord still needs a mask.
MisterMagurlypse - 1/9/2013, 3:10 PM
I really can't wait for this, and I really don't know a damn thing about GOTG. It's just nice to see Marvel expanding its flim selections from beyond the obvious characters. Knowing that Thanos will probably be in this, makes it that much more unbearable to wait.
Funsize - 1/9/2013, 3:21 PM
Most anticipated movie of 2014 for me.
Vadakin - 1/9/2013, 3:32 PM
The problem at Warners is that there are too many producers all wanting to have their say. What they need to do is hire back Paul Dini from Marvel (he's working on the new Hulk animated show), team him up with Bruce Timm, put them in charge of DC movies and then back off.

Give them $500 Million to make Wonder Woman, The Flash and maybe a new Batman or Aquaman or whatever. Don't interfere. Let them hire who they want, let them construct the stories they want and give them a simple directive - make a profit. If Timm and Dini make a healthy profit, Warners can give them more money for the next round of films and so on.

Basically, let Warner Brothers be little more than a bank and let DC Movies run independently and make its own decisions.
DCMarvelFreshman - 1/9/2013, 3:45 PM
@LEVITIKUZ He wrote Marvel Studios' first after-credits scene in Iron Man. And he's been a consultant on Marvel's movies ever since. He also does the character research before the movie is greenlit. Not to say no one else could do his job, but he's contributed a lot
darkjoker1 - 1/9/2013, 3:54 PM
i love gotg i hope they dont mess it up and i just done reading legacy thats hands done the best team besides the avengers
zachman2013 - 1/9/2013, 3:56 PM
anyone thinking what Im thinking? Star Wars easter eggs in GOTG? Do a Boba Fett cameo!! #winning
hewilldefytheirgravity - 1/9/2013, 4:19 PM
Why not make a Black Panther film also? This is not the GOTG that I remeber reading. Drax the Destroyer will probably look bad-ass on screen! The raccoon and this tree character, we'll see!
shamo - 1/9/2013, 4:23 PM
@ Levikutz


Watchmen 64% @ Rotten Tomatoes
Green Lantern 26% @ Rotten Tomatoes
BB 85%
TDK 94%
TDKR 87%
Jonah Hex 13%
Superman Reteurns 76%

Marvel Studios CBMs

Iron Man 93%
Iron Man 2 75%
Incredible Hulk 67%
Captain America 79%
Thor 77%
Avengers 92%

so critically speaking, WB has had 2 flops with one film above 90% while Marvel Studio's has had 0 flops and 2 films above 90%. so most people would likely disagree with your statement.
GuardianAngel - 1/9/2013, 4:25 PM
Ouch! It sounds douchey the way he said that, but it's true. I'm constantly saying that ONE of the reasons WB is failing is because they don't have anyone in control of these films. They keep trying to get Nolan to do it, but it's obvious he doesn't want to so move on!
shamo - 1/9/2013, 4:30 PM
they should give it to Jonathon Nolan.
MarkV - 1/9/2013, 4:35 PM
ZERO interest in this film.

MisterNiceGuy - 1/9/2013, 4:39 PM
God i love all the hate this movie is getting already. Makes it oh so sweeter when i get to laugh in there faces for it being a complete success
JohnTom88 - 1/9/2013, 5:19 PM
@Levitikuz "Generic" is still better than Crap & Flop, which are most of DC movies are other than the Nolan trilogy like Green Lantern and Superman Returns.

AUSSYACE - 1/9/2013, 5:21 PM
DC have got the ball rolling now so look out Marvel as you are already starting to work with all your D grade characters for movies already...
beane2099 - 1/9/2013, 5:24 PM
He's right though. When did we finally start getting some really great CBM's? When they let the guys who write the books have input on the movies. I'm still curious how much input Johns had with Green Lantern. Given what we got, I'm hoping not much.
Ragnaroknroll - 1/9/2013, 5:39 PM
I hope both films are great but I will admit to being a little concerned with the Disney Star Wars announcement. I hope one film doesn't cannibalize the market of the other or recycle the same ideas. I remember when Green Lantern was supposed to be the "Star Wars" of superheroes. We all saw how that worked out.
YoungThanos - 1/9/2013, 5:47 PM
Just to prove Disney means business the should throw a cool Star Was Cameo into the mix with GOTG.

How epic would Boba Fett look sitting in a bar next to a Skrull?
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 5:52 PM
Still not too sure about this whole Rocket Raccoon thing. I've been reading comics since I was six years old (and trust me, that was a very loooong time ago) and every time I saw that dude on a book a steered clear. I'm just not into cute little furry creatures I guess. Rocket Raccoon, Howard the Duck, Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider Ham, they all just seemed, I don't know...dumb.
marvel72 - 1/9/2013, 5:54 PM
i bet people who don't want to see guardians of the galaxy have never read the comic or any of the other storyline featuring them.

-guardians of the galaxy 1-25
-annihilation conquest
-war of kings
-realm of kings
-the thanos imperative
-avengers assemble 4-8
-guardians of the galaxy (marvel now coming soon)

read some comics & you'll change your mind.
KnobGoblin - 1/9/2013, 6:16 PM
I'll take movies like V for Vendetta, WATCHMEN and The Dark Knight Trilogy over all the safe for the mass audience, disposable cookie cutter fare MARVEL cranks out every year.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/9/2013, 6:47 PM
Watchmen was not special. It was OK/Good. I mean it has a RT score of 64%. 3% lower than TIH.
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 7:20 PM
^^ I really hope so. I want the whole cosmic Marvel thing to succeed. I'll look into this Raccoon guy and see if I can get into it ;)
DrDoom - 1/9/2013, 8:35 PM
Levitikuz is just a pretentious bastard that likes talking shit about Marvel.

Yeah, I said it.

BlueHawaiiSurfer - 1/9/2013, 9:06 PM
Small animals with large weapons...yes please!
DanteSparda - 1/9/2013, 10:46 PM
GOTG VS Star Wars 7 = Awesome!!

Also something tells me that the Fantastic Four reboot will also take place almost entirely in space...
Jollem - 1/9/2013, 11:26 PM
watchmen is better than the small handful of marvel studios movies

still waiting for a trailer to maybe have me interested in this cosmos guards movie
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