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First Plot Clues Emerge For Guardians of the Galaxy

Although Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t arrive in theaters for another two years, fans may have just gotten their first clue to the plot of Marvel’s eagerly anticipated cosmic adventure.

An intriguing but (naturally) brief logline has sprung up on several film-industry databases, including It’s On the Grid, describing the movie as being “about a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”

That suggests Vance Astro, aka Major Victory, could serve as the audience’s entry point into the — literally — alien universe with the Guardians, as in Marvel comics he was an Air Force pilot turned astronaut who volunteered for the United States’ first manned interstellar mission. That makes the Guardians the “futuristic ex-cons.” But what’s that “something” they possess that everyone wants? One or more of the Infinity Gems, perhaps?

Officially announced last month at Comic-Con International, Guardians of the Galaxy is being rewritten by Chris McCoy, who’ll work from a well-regarded draft by Nicole Perlman.

Although the Guardians have boasted a large and changing roster over the past four decades, the concept art Marvel debuted at Comic-Con features Drax the Destroyer, the human resurrected in the body of an alien to combat Thanos; Groot, the extraterrestrial tree monster; Star-Lord, the interplanetary police officer; Rocket Raccoon, the fearless genetically altered raccoon; and Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the universe.

Part of Marvel’s second wave of films, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to open Aug. 1, 2014.

(via Bleeding Cool)


  • Adam Garcia

    Man, I miss Farscape.

  • Travelsized

    Isn’t that the premise for Farscape?

  • Jaded Devil

    Or…it could be Starlord, since that’s his origin and he’s actually known to be in the film.

  • Alex Holt

    I’m fairly certain they are refering to Starlord there: they literally said something to the effect of Star-lord being the POV character when it was announced.

    As to the Farscape thing, I was kind of hoping they’d go that direction – in GotG Quill is a very Crichton-y character and as I love both DnA’s Guardians and Farscape as some of my favourite examples of their respective mediums, something which gets the gist of both makes me want to see it more. 

  • Richard Casey

    Dunno about the Vance Astro thing, to me it’d make more sense for Star Lord to be the Pilot: but who knows, the flick is two years out yet, i guarantee the flick will change before it even goes into production.

  • Elfap

    This is the Origin of Vance Astro…so if anything he was Farscape before Farscape. Seems like to me Marvel might combine Astro and Star-Lord’s Origins.

  • Spider Jerusalem

    Ben Browder for Starlord!

  • Scott

    Or there’s always a US pilot by the name of Carol Danvers. 

  • Fred
  • theaceofknaves

    I imagine Star Lord and Vance will be mashed together, so to speak.

    Bradley Cooper for Star Lord!

  • darthtigris

    That’s some fine journalism work there!

  • Demoncat4

    nice that they may be at least using vance astro in it it for that is proably as close as fans will ever come to the new warriors also on screen as for the thing the guardians have no doubt has to be either the infinity gems or the gaunlet itsself for how else to have them dealing with Thanos

  • Saladin212

    I’d love to see a mix of the old and new teams, and throwing Vance in (especially if he were from the future, and had Cap’s shield) would merge into the combined movie universe nicely.  Really wishing they had Bug in the film though :)

  • Lewis4510

    From that description it does seem to be an blending of Star Lord and Vance Astro’s characters. And the plot sounds a lot like a blending of Farscape and Serenity/Firefly. In Farscape Moya was the prize the Peacekeepers were after at least at first but then it became the knowledge of wormholes in Crighton’s mind. In Firefly/Serenity it was River that was the prize and the knowledge and powers that she possessed.

    I think that this “universal conflict” could be in fact be The Church of Universal Truth. A chruch headed up by Thanos.

  • Terence

     Kinda. The difference is that, in Farscape, the astronaut was the one who had what everyone wanted, not the ex-cons.

  • Pawl Plale

    They’re playing the pronoun game.
    “about a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal
    conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something
    everyone wants.”
    I bet it’s a new origin for the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, which will segue into her joining the Avengers.

  • Bradleypoleary

    i’m a big fan of the original GOTG and would love it if they were included somehow in the movie and brought back to the comics as well. haven’t yet read any of the current team’s books. Currently reading the “Korvac Saga” that they’re a big part of and reminded of what great characters they are!

  • Mrlizaud

    the plot sounds alot like Farscape

  • Thom Vane

    Rocket Racoon = Rygel
    Gamora = Aeryn
    Drax = Ka Dargo
    Mantis = Zaan

    I actually don’t mind this at all. They should bring in O’bannon.

  • JavaDev

    got i hope its Vance

  • JavaDev

     except he doesnt say its Star-Lord’s team.  Its more Star-Lord, Drax, and Gamora and less Vance and his team…”Less” would lead me to believe you would see at least one of the characters from the original team and Vance makes the most sense.  Vance was the guy responsible for the original guardians in 1969 and he was also the guy responsible for naming the new team…and remember that new team was already together they just didnt have a name.  that actually sounds very similar

  • JavaDev

     you should pick up some issues of the new series…Vance appears in almost all of them and you do see variations of Nikki, Charlie-27, Starhawk, etc throughout the issues.  The guardians were my favorite comic growing up (especially Jim Valentino’s run).  Im praying one of the original members will be in there.

  • JavaDev

     except the plot sounds exactly like marvel super heroes 18…the guardians of the galaxy’s first appearance…back in 1969…way before farscape