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Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Different Than Star Wars; No Robert Downey Jr. Says James Gunn; Rocket Raccoon Not Cartoonish

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:42

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7025:]]We finally get some info from the man himself about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie as director James Gunn attended the UK premiere of Iron Man 3.

Jame Gunn - for the second time - says no Robert Downey Jr. for the movie, as it's been rumored that not only does Iron Man tie into Guardians, but vice versa -- but he does hint that the characters could meet up in The Avengers 2.

Gunn also seemingly confirms Zoe Saldana as Gamora as well as Dave Bautista as Drax, and Michael Rooker as Yondu.

Regarding the Jason Momoa rumor - it's what we heard previously - a bunch of bs.

Comic Book fans should take note that Gunn is asked about Bendis' opinion on using Jason Statham for Rocket Raccoon, with Gunn sounding as if he is not going in that direction.

Speaking of directions for Rocket Raccoon, Gunn also says the character won't be a joke (as Bendis has described him); won't be cartoonish, not "Bugs Bunny."

We also learn that some of the Guardians of the Galaxy concept art was done before Gunn came onboard and that the movie is different than Star Wars.

HeyUGuys has the full interview, below are some excerpts.

On Rocket Raccoon:

 I think there’s – here’s the thing: there are a lot of people who have a lot of ideas of who is right for Rocket Racoon. Rocket Racoon has been slightly different over the years, in the comic books, and within my scripts he is a very, very specific guy, and I think people are going to have to wait for a few weeks before they see.’s really, really important to me that Rocket Racoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.

On the concept art:

 I do think we’re very, very different from Star Wars. Some of the concept art that came out is under my tutelage, and some of it is before my tutelage. The concept art that came out is only stuff that was on the big Marvel collected disc set, talking about phase two and it had some stuff from Guardians. Some of the art by Charlie Wen and the guys.

The Rocket that was by itself was an early version of my Rocket that I dealt with Charlie when developing. He doesn’t look so much like that anymore, but there’s a lot of similarities in that he’s more of a grounded, real little creature as opposed to a cartoonish thing.

How it relates to The Avengers:

It’s different because it’s cosmic, it’s in outer space, it’s very colourful. We have a whole history of science fiction behind us that we’re dealing with, and borrowing from, and also fighting with to create something unique. But at the same time there’s a lot of stuff it has in common with The Avengers.

And Robert Downey Jr.?

No. That just means that all our movies are connected, we’re created in a way that we’re very connected to the movies that came before us, we’re even more connected to The Avengers 2, that comes after us, and so in that respect, what we would hope is that these characters would continue, and that at some point in time they’ll all meet up with different characters throughout the galaxy.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie begins filming this June, has an August 1, 2014 release directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill Star-Lord.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.


Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.