At the press junket for The Avengers, Marvel Studios' President of Production Kevin Feige revealed some updates for The Guardians of The Galaxy, a project that along with Ant-Man, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Namor, The Inhumans and Dr. Strange could very well be the other 2014 movie that gets released with the Captain America sequel. Feige confirmed that the upcoming film will portray the modern incarnation of the team, which includes such intergalactic superheroes as Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and fan favorite, Rocket Raccoon.
QUESTION: When asked about which non-sequel projects Marvel Studios was prioritizing at the moment, Feige said, "I think whether it's Ant-Man, or Dr. Strange, or The Inhumans, or The Guardians of the Galaxy..." To which we eagerly cried, "Rocket Racooooon...!"
FEIGE: "We are very excited about bringing things like that, maybe things exactly like that, to the screen. [...] When you tell people, you know what would be really cool? This movie, and there's a raccoon, and there's a tree... And they go, 'What?' And people like you know what it is, and get excited. And the majority of people go, 'Did you say a raccoon and a tree?' 'Oh yeah, they're going to steal the whole movie. They're hilarious.' 'Okay, I'll believe it when I see it.' I like that."
QUESTION:When asked to confirm that an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie would be focused on the new team, as opposed to the original team, created in 1969 which had their own well-received series from Jim Valentino in the 1990s, he clarified:
FEIGE: "Yeah. It's more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team."
QUESTION: And when specifically asked if it is the second Marvel 2014 film to be released alongside the Captain America sequel...
FEIGE: "We know what our second movie in 2014 is going to be, but we haven't announced it yet."
I wrote a detailed article a few months back about all the different directions Marvel could go in 2014 back in September. Check it out. Recently, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo spilled the beans [reportedly to the fury of Feige] about another scene they're shooting right after The Avengers premiere and many speculate that it will be for the second 2014 Marvel movie.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are a fictional superhero team that appear in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Guardians first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (vol. 2) #1 (May 2008).
In the aftermath of Annihilation: Conquest, Star-Lord decides to form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting the galaxy, rather than reacting to crises as they happen. To this end, he recruits Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Phyla-Vell (the new Quasar), Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, with Mantis as support staff. On the recommendation of their ally, Nova, the group establishes a base of operations on the space station Knowhere, which possesses a teleportation system with near-universal range. An intelligent, telepathic dog named Cosmo is Knowhere's chief of security and works closely with the new team. After a confrontation with the Universal Church of Truth, the team's meets a semi-amnesiac man who identifies himself as Vance Astro - Major Victory of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Astro's declaration inspires the as-yet-unnamed team to adopt the "Guardians of the Galaxy" name for their own. When the team learns Star-Lord directed Mantis to telepathically coerce the heroes into joining the team, they disband.
Status: In Development