by Nur Hussein, staff writer
Yesterday, at New York Comic Con, Marvel told audiences that the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series (announced last August at San Diego Comic Con) is now in production, with a slated release date of 2015 on Disney XD. Attendees at both cons saw some test footage of the show, and Disney/Marvel has released said footage on the internet. The clip reveals a stylized, almost anime-like approach to the art and animation, and it works pretty well.
We see Rocket pursued by a robot drone across the rainy rooftops of a futuristic cityscape in the rain, before he finally vanquishes it with a freakily large gun. Then we see Star-Lord, who then proceeds tells him “you definitely need bigger blasters.” Make no mistake, Marvel is cashing in on the popularity of this summer’s hottest comic book movie; this is the smart-alec version of Star-Lord we saw in the film, complete with disappearing helmet. We can see all the characters in the poster for the show, and they’re all dressed in their movie outfits.
Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen animated versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy. They’ve also appeared on two Avengers cartoons (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers: Assemble) as well as Ultimate Spider-Man. All of these were released before the Guardians movie, thus the character designs were more based on the comics. On Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Guardians’ roster was different too; instead of Gamora and Drax we had Phyla-Vell/Quasar and Adam Warlock. It is unknown whether the new cartoon’s roster will incorporate other Guardians from the comics, but let’s hope so! It’s a very richly detailed world and it’d be nice to meet these ‘fringe’ characters from the Marvel universe.
The cartoon will be produced by Marvel Animation, with Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, and Jeph Loeb named as producers. So if you miss the Guardians, you won’t have to wait for the 2017 sequel before we see them again!
Nur is a tinkerer of programmable things, an apprentice in an ancient order of technomages. He enjoys fantasy, sci-fi, comic books, and Lego in his spare time. His favourite authors are Asimov and Tolkien. He also loves Celtic and American folk music. You can follow him on twitter: @nurhussein