'Guardians of the Galaxy' Will Include a Ton of Marvel Characters

James Gunn

Marvel has done a pretty solid job of porting over the expansiveness of its print universe onto the big screen, but they've still merely hinted at the edges of that potential. That sounds like it might be changing, however, when Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters next month.

Speaking with ScreenRant, director James Gunn promised a more crowded canvas. "There’s a ton, a ton of characters from the comics in this movie, in little tiny roles," he teased. "We have just tons of reference to, you know, Marvel Cosmic throughout the movie. And I’m certain probably the most Marvel comics characters ever in one movie."

Asked to elaborate on whether there will really be that many more new faces and names in the movie, Gunn doubled down. "Without a doubt. I would imagine times four, really," he continued. "If you think about The Avengers, there were a few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and then all of the Avengers and then kinda done. With us, we have -- almost every little character is named after somebody in the comics. Some of them are far stretches from what they were in the comics. But we try to keep those little things in there for the fans, and they can go and they can look them up and see who they are in the Marvel wiki page and stuff like that. But there’s a lot of characters."

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