Guardians Of The Galaxy Roundup: Karen Gillan Is Armed, Chris Pratt Gets It On With Aliens, And Much More


guardians-of-the-galaxy-concept-art-finalThere’s a lot going on with James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy lately. Filming is well underway and there are paparazzi pics to prove it. After a snippet of the Comic-Con trailer leaked a few weeks ago, Guardians of the Galaxy has been climbing to the top of people’s ‘most anticipated movie’ list. While details are still tightly under wraps, Chris Pratt and Kevin Feige have been  out and about teasing and revealing a few new tidbits. Karen Gillan also *probably* killed some people.

Karen Gillan hasn’t been as active on Twitter as of late, but it’s because she’s hard at work bringing the deadly Nebula to life. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you know that Gillan is notorious for being (almost) as clumsy as former co-star Matt Smith. A lot of things get broken and destroyed when those two get together. Gillan‘s latest Tweet may be cause for concern for the crew of the film. Gunn has confirmed three kills so far.


star-lord iconIn more serious news, Chris Pratt recently spoke with IGN about being the Star-Lord. He obviously had to stay vague on the specifics, but he did talk about his filming experiences and some of the challenges the film faces. Pratt sounds pretty confident about the whole thing. He says it’s going to be the “greatest movie of the 21st century:”

It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it – artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.

I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.

Pratt went on to say that he would love for the Guardians to crossover with The Avengers since they’re in the same universe, he hopes the film does well enough to warrant a sequel or ten, and he’s honored to work with such an amazing cast. That’s all well and good, but the biggest thing is that the actor confirmed Peter Quill will be slaying plenty of alien tail. It sounds like it may be enough to give ol’ Captain Kirk a run for his money.

Guardians_of_the_galaxyFinally, Kevin Feige recently spoke with the folks over at Empire about the film. A lot of people, myself included, have said on numerous occasions that this is Marvel‘s Star Wars. Feige says the is in no way the case:

We’re not making this to make Marvel’s Star Wars. We’re doing this to explore the other side of the existing Marvel Universe. The fact that Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a human from our time, that he carries a personal cassette recorder with him, already it’s very different. It’s not a long, time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it’s now in a galaxy far, far away.

The Marvel mastermind went on to confirm once again that this takes place in the same time frame as the other Phase Two movies and it’s largely a stand-alone film other than having Thanos involved. Thanos does have a big role, but it’s Lee Pace‘s Ronan The Accuser who is the main bad guy. Feige also revealed some interesting information regarding the Guardians themselves. Here’s his rundown of the members:

  • “Rocket [Raccoon] has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.
  • “Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’
  • “Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the Universe.
  • “Drax (Dave Bautista) has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy.
  • “When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”

So there you have it. It sounds like Groot will be limited to only three words, Gamora is going to be a little more complex than we thought, Chris Pratt will get action in more ways than one, and Karen Gillan will seriously injure someone before the day is done. What do you think about the latest happenings in the world of Guardians of the Galaxy?

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