Guardians Of The Galaxy Tidbits: New Nova Corps Member, Benicio Del Toro’s Comic Book Knowledge, And More

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guardians of the galaxy bannerSo all the Monday morning quarterbacks have been arguing about who “won” Comic-Con. It really comes down to what movie you were looking forward to seeing the most, but everyone agrees that Marvel had a very strong showing. They had Tom Hiddleston reprise his Loki role during the panel and showed off plenty of amazing footage. They did a solid job, but it was Guardians of the Galaxy that stole the show. The entire cast came out and surprised those in attendance with a brief teaser clip. That was a huge shocker considering the film had only been shooting for roughly 10 days. So now the wait continues until us mere mortals not lucky enough to attend Comic-Con get to see something. The wait may be made easier this week as director James Gunn said they will probably announce the voice actors hired for Rocket Raccoon and Groot. While we wait to see when that will be made official, we’ve rounded up a couple tidbits of news relating to Marvel‘s highly anticipated space epic. We’ve got word on a new Nova Corps member, a quote from The Collector, and more.

The Nova Corps gets a new recruit today in the form of actor/comedian Peter Serafinowicz. You may recognize Serafinowicz from many things like the show Look Around You or for voicing Darth Maul in Star Wars just to name two. He took to Twitter (via CBM’s @Marvel_Freshman) to announce that he is a Nova Corps officer along with John C. Reily. It sounds like he’s filling the important secondary role we heard about when Reilly‘s casting started making the rounds.



So the Nova Corps sound like they have a sizable role in Gunn‘s plans. One actor from the film who will have a bigger role in the Marvel Universe as a whole is Benicio Del Toro, who is playing The Collector. MTV caught up with the prolific actor after Marvel‘s Comic-Con panel and asked him about his comic book knowledge. You can watch the video if you’re in the U.S., but here’s an important quote for our international friends:

I just love to get invited, you know? I’m glad I’m invited to be a part of this film. I’m sure Djimon [Hounsou] feels the same way. We’re very lucky to be a part of this.

I want to learn [about] the comics as much as I can. That world of Marvel, it’s as thick as the Bible and ‘War and Peace’ put together. So I don’t know if I have the time to get as deep as I would like to, but I’ll go in there. It’s exciting.

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And finally, Marvel put out an official press release announcing the film going into production. It doesn’t give us any story hints or tell us anything really. The most it does is lists all the roles we already knew about and/or were confirmed at Comic-Con, but now it’s in press release form so it’s super-duper official now. You can read that below. Marvel didn’t release a new pic like they did with The Winter Soldier press release, but James Gunn sent out this picture of Dave Bautista holding a baby raccoon over Twitter. We threw it in instead.


raccoon“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,”“Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector, Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee; the co-producer is Nik Korda.

The creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis, BSC (“Wrath of the Titans”, “Kick-Ass”), production designer Charles Wood (“Thor: The Dark World”), BAFTA-nominated Editor Fred Raskin (“Django Unchained,” “Fast Five”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Hughes Winborne, A.C.E. (“The Help,” “Crash”), and Academy Award® winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Elizabeth The Golden Age”). The film will also shoot at Longcross Studios, and locations in and around London.

Marvel Studios’ last two releases were “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” which are the #3 and #5 highest grossing films of all time and the two highest-grossing films ever released by the Walt Disney Company. The two films are the #1 and #2 all-time domestic 3-day weekend box office record holders at $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. The studio’s upcoming release schedule includes “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014.

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