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When writing about the forward movement on Marvel's big screen adaptation of Doctor Strange we commented that things were going to get weird with the Marvel slate of feature films soon. With the slate of available big marquee titles dwindling the film division is having to dig deeper into the catalog for some of their lesser known titles and the Cosmic side of the Marvel Universe will soon be present on the big screen in a big way.

Marvel's Kevin Feige is a big fan of this aspect of the company's library and was a big proponent of moving forward with Doctor Strange. So what comes next on that front? How about a big screen version of Guardians Of The Galaxy?

Originally created in 1969 and resurrected in 2008, Guardians of the Galaxy that begins as a far-future story revolving around a group of alien beings - each the last of their kind - who eventually travel back in time to protect the earth from alien invasion. Feige first raised the possibility of a Guardians Of The Galaxy feature in an interview with MTV in June of 2010 but it appears they have now decided to move ahead with the project as sources tell ScreenAnarchy the film version is now in active development. Expect the on-screen Marvel universe to get a bit bigger soon.
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icn1983August 4, 2011 4:07 PM

AWESOME! I'm so happy that more second and third-tier characters might have their chance to make it to the big screen (and with more care than what has been shown to them in the past...). The Guardians of the Galaxy are crazy, colorful characters and this has the potential to be the film that "Green Lantern" might have been, half-super-hero, half-space opera.

MarsHottentotAugust 4, 2011 5:19 PM

If they are using the modern iteration (which, I imagine, is the case) this could be very good. Not that GotG classic is bad, but the new version is very strong, very cinematic - weighing heavier of the space opera side than the super hero stuff.

JeanAugust 4, 2011 6:51 PM

This is going to be amazing. They better have Vance Astro as the team leader. And if they leave out Rocket Raccoon someone is going to die! Who knows, we might even get a guest appearance of the Silver Surfer. 4, 2011 8:51 PM

Speaking of which...why isn't the Silver Surfer getting a movie? Or Namor? Both potential epics :)

ArmandAugust 4, 2011 9:15 PM

i hope its the originals but if they insist on the new team i hope it contains at least either or (or both) starhawk and vance...but i'll take any of the original characters

you just cant have a guardians movie without at least some of the original elements in there

Todd BrownAugust 4, 2011 10:58 PM

I think Fox holds rights to the Silver Surfer as part of their Fantastic Four deal. They're hung up somewhere, anyway.

billydakingAugust 7, 2011 5:14 AM

That's correct. A couple of years ago, J. Michael Straczynski wrote a script for a Silver Surfer movie as a spin-off of the second Fantastic Four film, but it got canned when that film flopped.