Marvel Studios originally planned to introduce Guardians of the Galaxy to the MCU through four shorts leading up to the first real Guardians movie in 2014.
The studio’s alternate plans for the Motley Cosmic Team’s debut were revealed in a new Marvel book, The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, which chronicles the entire story of producing The Infinity War Saga’s 23 films, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 directed by James Gunn.
An excerpt from the 512-page book, transcribed by Screen Rant, details Marvel’s early plans to introduce Guardians of the Galaxy to the MCU through a series of Marvel One-Shots that would have been released before the characters debuted on big screen. . However, MCU boss Kevin Feige said they decided to drop the idea because it seemed overkill.
“This One-Shot series would have led to the movie Guardians proper – which would also have been directly preceded by a fourth standalone short film about a mysterious child who loved fantastic things,” Feige said. “Halfway through [Guardians], we would reveal that the great space hero is the kid in the short. We thought it would be smart, but it was too much. “
Marvel One-Shots is a series of direct video shorts produced by Marvel Studios, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are included as special features on the Blu-ray and digital versions of the MCU movies and are designed to be standalone stories that provide more story for the characters or events introduced in the blockbuster versions of Marvel.
The studio’s latest One-Shot short, titled All Hail the King, told the story of Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) following the events of Iron Man 3. It was released on Thor: The Dark World’s home release in 2014, the same year as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 is released in theaters, with its motley crew of characters teaming up to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.
The film’s overall cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and Dave Bautista as Drax. They’ve returned for the sequel to 2017, but their days could be numbered, as James Gunn put it in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be “probably the last with the current squad”.
It remains to be seen if the franchise’s space heroes will go their separate ways in the future, however, there is another guaranteed group adventure in the pipeline. We don’t know much about Guardians Vol. 3 again, besides Rocket’s backstory will be a big part of the story, and a What If …? the script was rejected because it was too similar to the plot of the film.
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