The August issue of BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH., the Alamo Drafthouse magazine that we here at Badass Digest put together, will feature Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on the cover and exclusive interviews with director James Gunn and star Zoe Saldana within. While talking about Guardians Gunn shared some information about the scope of his movie that will truly excite fans of Marvel Comics' weirder and more cosmic side.
First I asked him whether the giant floating head seen in the Guardians trailer is in fact Knowhere, the comic book base of the Guardians of the Galaxy that happens to be inside the skull of a dead Celestial, a member of an ancient, powerful and gigantic space-faring race that helped create humanity. Gunn admitted it was Knowhere, and that in his movie they don't shy away from Celestials.
We have a couple of Celestials who we refer to in the film. They’re part of the overall structure of the cosmic universe. They’re part of the fun of what the movie is.
It's cool that Gunn has tapped into this lesser-known vein of the Marvel mythos, and he hints that Celestials may not be all we see in his movie:
Our characters, to some degree, have super powers, but at the same time they’re just ordinary citizens of the galaxy. They just happen to be renegades - they’re basically bikers. They’re just these ordinary citizens who get caught up in this thing - because they want money in the beginning - that has completely cosmic overtones. There are characters like Thanos involved, and then there are characters bigger than that. Suddenly these mortals are playing in the fields of gods. I always find that a very interesting thing.
Characters bigger than Thanos? That could refer to The Collector, one of the Elders of the Universe and a character we know is played by Benicio Del Toro. But in Marvel comics terms that could also mean really hardcore weirdness, characters like Infinity and Eternity and Death and The In-Betweener, embodiments of enormous cosmic concepts that sometimes get involved in the affairs of mortals. It seems like Guardians is truly opening the door to a side of the Marvel universe that many fans thought could never possibly be seen on movie screens.
Those cosmic beings, by the way, often play into Doctor Strange stories. I wonder if the Guardians post-credit scene - which, in Marvel tradition may not yet even be shot - could tie into Doctor Strange somehow.