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For the past week, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been raving about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. After the first trailer debuted on ‘Jimmy Kimmel LIVE’, we all had the opportunity to get to know the cast of characters a little better through some short vignettes spotlighting each member of the team. Now that this virtually unknown team has become a little bit more known, even some initial naysayers of the film are a little more willing to give James Gunn’s upcoming intergalactic superhero film a chance. But because there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding the project, the director has recently come out to discuss a few aspects of the movie.

On a recent episode of Pointless Podcast, Gunn sat down with Kevin Pereira to talk about various aspects of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. After revealing that he approached Marvel with the hopes of doing a Hit Monkey movie, the filmmaker went into the backstory of Rocket, the gun-toting raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper:

“Rocket is a result of countless and cruel, illegal genetic experiments, where he’s been turned–from an innocent little creature, where he has an IQ of three, and he becomes this thing that’s completely alone; this gnarled little beast. He’s pretty sad.”

Then, he went into detail about the process of recording Vin Diesel for Rocket’s houseplant/muscle, Groot:

“All of the ‘I am Groots’ that were earlier voices didn’t sound very good at all, they sounded like shit. It just didn’t work. Then Vin Diesel came in and, in one day, lied down all these ‘I am Groot’ tracks, and he’s a perfectionist. He made me explain to him exactly what (Groot) was saying (before each delivery).”

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Finally, Gunn addressed Thanos and the villain’s motivations in his movie, which happens to borrow canon from both the 616 and Ultimate universes:

“Here’s the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don’t know yet.”

We may not know yet, but we’re certainly anxious to find out. After the Mad Titan appeared in the post-credits scene of ‘The Avengers’, it has been a huge mystery as to what his intentions are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Two years later, it looks like we’ll finally be getting the answers we crave.

What are your thoughts on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? How do you think James Gunn’s interpretations of Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Thanos will play out on the big screen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ starring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Rooker blasts off on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Comic Book Movie