Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has dropped a few more details about the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.
First up, he tells Empire Online that Lee Pace's Ronan The Accuser is very much the primary villain, though "Thanos is lurking above it all… certainly you'll get more than the one turn around and smirk. You'll get much more than that."
Feige also confirmed that the film takes place around the same time period as the other Phase Two films, and that the film is quite connected to the other films in this group. He then goes on to a lengthy explanation of how the characters are setup in the beginning of the film.
"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 look, 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."
Finally, Feige says that they'll sit down next spring and determine the make-up of their Phase Three films for 2016 and 2017. At the moment that have "six or seven things going" and have to determine which four are the most ready to move forward. He also confirms that "Namor the Sub-Mariner" is NOT one of those projects as Universal still holds the rights to the character.