Marvel Studios big-screen version of the Guardians was announced last summer and arrives next year. Super and Slither director James Gunn is at work in London on the project that represents the most unexpected Marvel Comics adaptation since Lucasfilm’s Howard the Duck in 1986. The Guardians have a talking alien raccoon and a sentient tree titan as members, too, which might require a cosmic leap of faith by many casual movie fans.
Bendis said the heroes are up to the challenge.
“They are very unique individuals but there’s something very classical about them as a group, like Robin Hood and his Merry Men, like Firefly, like Han Solo and Chewbacca,” Bendis says. “The Guardians are characters that have risen above their terrible upbringing and have chosen to do something worthwhile in this lifetime. That makes them heroes. The fact that they are so unique, the fact that most of them are one-of-a-kind, makes them all the more heroic.”