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Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up to be a Marvel movie unlike any other. Not only does it contain an incredibly eclectic cast of actors, but the whole notion of a gun-toting raccoon and a mono-syllabic talking tree is off-the-wall, [email protected]%t crazy.

Filming on the movie has recently got underway and although much of the project is still wrapped in secrecy, Marvel chief has given an interview to Empire and revealed some of the backstory of the characters:

They are an unlikely band. It's pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he's an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, "I am Groot." Peter Quill left Earth in the mid'80s, but when we meet back up with him he's very much a citizen of the universe. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy. When we meet Gamora, she's a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath, and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn't necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren't greeting her with open arms.

It sounds a bit like the Usual Suspects in space, except of course this band of misfits features a strange talking tree, whereas the Usual Suspects featured a strange talking .

I think if Marvel can make Guardians of the Galaxy a box-office smash, it would be the studio's most impressive achievement in what has been a long line of impressive achievements. The property is probably the least well known in the current Marvel comic book-to-movie catalog and it's not a particularly easy sell. That being said, the more I hear about this curious project, the more I think it could be absolutely kick ass.

What say you? Are you stoked for Guardians of the Galaxy? Sound off in the comments below.



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