Director James Gunn has the toughest job among Marvel’s Phase Two films. That’s not to diminish the work happening on Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy has the most outlandish cast, and will require a ridiculous amount of effects work considering the team includes two green people (Drax the Destroyer and Gamora), a giant-tree man (Groot), and a talking, gun-toting Raccoon (Rocket Raccoon). The film has already cast Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, a character who was born of a human mother and alien father.
Bringing the completely alien characters to life is going to be a tall order, but executive producer Victoria Alonso recently talked about how they’ll handle Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Hit the jump for more. Guardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1, 2014.
Of the many cool things that Marvel did at Comic-Con, I was most intrigued by the Ant-Man test footage. The basic premise of Ant-Man (a man who can shrink to the size of an ant fights crime) is not guaranteed to work on film. But the word on the street says director Edgar Wright nailed out the big/small transition effects, and I want to see for myself. Marvel executive Victoria Alonso implies that I will probably get my wish. Alonso told our partners at Omelete (roughly translated):
“What we showed at Comic-Con was a work in progress. We’re working on finishing it, and I think you might see it. Not sure where, but we always listen to the fans. And if the fans demand it we make sure they get it. I don’t know if we are going to post it online, but I don’t have [any reason] to believe we may not.”
So please demand it. For my sake. Hit the jump for more from Alonso, including confirmation that Wright will direct and a comment on the Viggo Mortensen/Doctor Strange rumor.