What The Guardians Of The Galaxy Almost The Most Disastrous Castings Ever 2 months ago   08:17

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It takes a lot more than accurately re-creating a comic book character's outfit on the big screen to make a superhero movie worth seeing. And anyone who's seen the terrible film version of Captain America from 1990 knows it. In terms of comic book costume accuracy, it's a ten out of ten! For having literally everything else be absolutely terrible, it's a negative twelve-and-a-half.

Needless to say, when former Marvel Studios head of visual development Charlie Wen sat down to adapt the classic Marvel Comics cosmic super team the Guardians of the Galaxy, he had a lot more on his mind than comic book accuracy. To get the right look for the right character, Wen and his team tried beginning with the right words before anything else, which informed the design process.

So what process did Wen take with these relatively obscure Marvel D-listers to bring them into the mainstream? Here's what the Guardians of the Galaxy almost looked like.

Because the Guardians of the Galaxy were relatively unknown characters before the movie broke out big in 2014, Wen had a lot of freedom to explore different designs for the film's characters and settings. Part of that freedom, said Wen, came from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige :

That, and the fact that the Guardians themselves were pretty obscure in the public consciousness, meant that Wen was free to create Marvel's very own Star Wars.

In 1976, writer Bill Mantlo wrote a spacefaring comic book story called "The Sword in the Star," introducing a new character drawn by Keith Giffen: Rocky Raccoon - like the Beatles song - not Rocket Raccoon - because they didn’t think they’d get sued for that? Anyway... . Armed with a gun, a cigar, and a bunch of attitude, Rocky came back six years later with a new design as Rocket Raccoon when Mantlo was writing The Incredible Hulk. The character would come back again and again over the years, never really straying from the core characteristics Mantlo had given him at the start. These attributes played a huge role in Wen's design work for Rocket.

When you look at the concept art Wen created during Guardians of the Galaxy's pre-production, Rocket's huge personality comes through clearly. Even the way he's standing — battle-ready, with a snarl on his face is perfectly contrasted with Groot's presence in the background. And while we're on the subject of Groot…

Unlike Rocket, Groot evolved significantly from his comics debut. In 1960, on the cover of Tales to Astonish #13, a giant tree monster named "Groot from Planet X" shows up on a busy city street on Earth, daring someone to fight him. He returned as a monster 11 years later to fight the Hulk, and finally started resembling our peaceful, heroic Groot when he appeared in 2006's Nick Fury's Howling Commandos and 2007's Annihilation Conquest. In the latter series, he seemed to develop the friendship with Rocket Raccoon that became so central to the 2014 film.

In fact, according to Wen, Groot and Rocket were two of the biggest question marks going into the film's pre-production period. Keep watching the video to see what the Guardians of the Galaxy almost looked like!

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2014: A Marvel Space Odyssey | 1:20
Rocket, man | 2:29
All bark, no bite | 3:37
The importance of a Walkman | 4:57
Super-Nova? | 6:35

Comments 87 Comments

Arc Kocsog
I love Rocket!
Melody Jade
when you realize that John C Riley and his family died in Infinity war................
Magnus Samuelson
I couldn’t imagine rocket and groot being any other way, congratulations to these wonderful creators.
Chris AuYeung
Why is Gomora?
e rivera
Groot and rocket were the best characters of the comics and the movies. no need to be nervous. in fact I wish the comics and movies would concentrate on them alone. make rocket a captain of his own team. dnd bring a keystone rabbit into the mix.
Nova better show up in Endgame
They could still do a Nova movie. Have it start with the attack on Xander, with another member of the Children of Thanos taking the Power Stone. Have it be a story of revenge against this underling, and by the time he brings them to justice and helps rebuild Xander, he finds out that Thanos has been defeated... or have him help out in Guardians 3 or so.
Mikey White
Both movies were amazing.
Luke Doyle
0:18 would the fact it’s -12 mean that it’s actually very good

He says something like, making everything else terrible it’s a -12 so technically that would mean it’s good.
Proud Bulgarian
No drax no mantis no gamora 😂😂😂
They absolutely killed it creatively on every aspect of the movie. I knew nothing about Guardians, and it's one of my fav MCU movies!
Erick Hwang
Doesnt matter they're all dead
Who is this narrator?
I’m glad they went with the final version.
Edwin Yang
Robino WB
I would want nova in Endgame just a little. Not too much involved, but wanting to AVENGE his fellas in tye Nova Corp
And they fired him
dolphintv dolpintv
Geran Scanlan
more of these please. gj
john hand
Star prince
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