Looking to the far horizon of Phase 2, we can now see a promotional poster for Guardians of the Galaxy, the only non-sequel in Marvel Studios' current round of universe-building.
It's a testament to Marvel's confidence and chutzpah as a studio that one of the stars in the penultimate entry of Phase 2 is a talking, gun-toting raccoon.
If all goes well, though, Rocket Raccoon will become the unofficial face of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Two of the more conventional leads are talking up their raccoon cohort, with Chris Pratt and Michael Rooker shedding a wee bit of light on the oddest creature in Marvel's first real space opera.
With yesterday's news of Bradley Cooper in talks to voice Rocket Raccoon, let's keep the Guardians of the Galaxy news-train chugging along.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has revealed some substantial story information on the oddest movie of Phase Two, revealing that the primary villain isn't exactly who we thought it would be and discussing how James Gunn's smartassed space opera ties into the Marvel cinematic universe.
Not only that, but unofficial set photos are offering up our first look at Michael Rooker in makeup and costume as mohawked, blue-skinned alien Yondu.
When he's not living his life a quarter mile at a time as Dom Toretto or slicing jugulars as Riddick, Vin Diesel will be voicing a CGI tree-alien in another franchise.
Yes, Diesel is in talks to voice Groot, the sentient tree and "muscle" of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Director James Gunn (Super), and actors Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), and Benicio del Toro (The Collector) appeared in Hall H at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego on Saturday to discuss their new film Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens in theaters on August 1st, 2014.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to attend a special press conference, along with several other members of the media, after the Hall H panel to hear what the cast had to say about Guardians of the Galaxy. Director James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, and Benicio del Toro discussed the upcoming project, Gunn's approach to making a big budget movie, what the actors like about playing their characters, and how the film fits into the expanding Marvel cinematic universe.
Casting on Guardians of the Galaxy has been one pleasant surprise after another.
Mere days after Glenn Close joined the project, we have word that Karen Gillan is also becoming a part of the ensemble, ensuring that many a Doctor Who fan will be attendance when Marvel's most sci-fi movie to date hits theaters on August 1, 2014.
The only non-sequel in Marvel Studios' Phase 2 already has a nicely eclectic cast, but Guardians of the Galaxy has added a humdinger.
Glenn Close is reportedly joining the film, which is intended to launch a science-fiction franchise, playing a crucial supporting role.
Already the most intriguing movie in Marvel's Phase 2, Guardians of the Galaxy just keeps getting more interesting as casting progresses.
With production set to being in June for an August 1, 2014 release, the science-fiction adventure has found an actor to play the mysterious villain. That actor is none other than Lee Pace.
Phase 2 is continuing along without a hitch. Iron Man 3's about to hit theaters, Thor: The Dark World has a teaser poster, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now shooting.
But what of the only pre-The Avengers 2 Phase 2 movie that's not a sequel?
Guardians of the Galaxy is gearing up to start production in England this June, according to director James Gunn, who is offering new insight on how his film will be different from its Marvel brethren, the influence of Star Wars, the look and sound of Rocket Raccoon, and what makes Chris Pratt the man to play Peter Quill, leader of the Guardians.
Guardians of the Galaxy is getting Rookered.
Michael Rooker is joining the cast of Marvel Studios' Phase 2 non-sequel, which will be the most distinctly sci-fi of all its films so far.