During a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn called the forthcoming movie the most ambitious project Marvel has ever undertaken. “Visually,” he said, “[it’s] the biggest movie Marvel has made, because of the big, big starscapes and big action sequences.”
Gunn also noted a big difference between the tone of Guardians and Marvel’s other superhero group offering, Avengers. “Our characters are basically all villains to begin with,” he said. “If the Avengers are the Beatles, the Guardians are the Rolling Stones.” Then he added, “There’s a lot of strange stuff in the movie. But I think the thing that makes it different from the rest of the other superhero movies out there is that they try and take something seriously that really can’t be taken seriously, because the concept is just too fun at its core.”
Another thing separating Guardians from other recent superhero projects: it’s the first Marvel movie that doesn’t include a Stan Lee cameo. Asked about his absence, the famed writer said it’s because he wasn’t behind the team’s creation. “No I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create,” Lee told Dweebcast. “I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.”
The plot features Peter Quill/Star Lord and a powerful orb that puts him at odds with villain Ronan the Accuser. To protect the orb from Ronan, Star Lord assembles a team consisting of Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Gamara.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.