Comic-Con 2013: Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Racoon, Groot Casting Imminent; Unveil New Concept Art

Guardians of the Galaxy

While Avengers title news grabbed the spotlight at Saturday evening's Marvel press conference at Comic-Con, the director of the studio's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn dished on some developments in his intergalactic corner of the Marvel Universe, promising some crucial casting decisions will be announced in a matter of days.

Gunn said fans of the outer space freedom fighters can expect to hear casting announcements on the final two members of the team — the tree-like Groot and the very raccoon-like Rocket Raccoon — shortly.  As in, very shortly.

"Tomorrow, next week-ish," Gunn said at the press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy, after checking with Kevin Feige that he was allowed to say anything.

Of course, we assume that'll mean VOICE casting announcements since it seems pretty likely that a bark-encrusted plant man and a 3-foot-high talking raccoon will mean a lot more CGI work and a lot fewer costume fittings for whoever bags those parts.

They'll join the already cast Guardians team of Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax) and Zoe Saldana (Gamora).  Others also attached to the sprawling cast include Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly.

No word yet on exactly who will be playing cosmic menace Thanos. While his cameo appearance in The Avengers indicated he might be the big bad in Avengers 2, today's announcement of that film's new title Avengers: Age of Ultron seems to put those thoughts to rest.

Thankfully, however, Thanos WILL have a significant impact on Gunn's film.

"We have Thanos," Gunn said.  "Thanos is the thing connecting us to the rest of the Marvel Universe at this point," he confirmed when asked about Guardians of the Galaxy's connection to the rest of the superhero films coming from the studio. "And in the future we'll see what happens after this, but for right now, we're connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe because we're resetting the end of The Avengers."

The studio also released some gorgeous new concept art, offering fans their first look at the Guardians in their movie incarnations.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits movie screens August 1, 2014.


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