A big team of superheroes, banding together to fight a larger evil force. There will obviously be more to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but the studio has got a winning formula that looks to be dipped in LSD and given the James Gunn treatment here. Fortunately, the director recently spoke with HeyUGuys where he cleared up some rumors and explained a few reasons why his forthcoming superhero adventure will be different from The Avengers (and from Star Wars as well).

“In terms of a lot of stuff we’re very much like The Avengers, where it’s a very big, huge movie. It’s different because it’s cosmic, it’s in outer space, it’s very colourful. We have a whole history of science fiction behind us that we’re dealing with, and borrowing from, and also fighting with to create something unique. But at the same time there’s a lot of stuff it has in common with The Avengers.”

So, a giant version of The Avengers set in outer space? Sounds great. Where do we buy tickets?

The rest of the piece confirms that the movie will begin shooting at the end of June, Jason Statham is probably not going to be voicing Rocket Raccoon and that Robert Downey Jr isn’t going to be involved in any capacity.

But perhaps the most important information to come to light here?

“I’ve done a lot of studying with real racoons, and we had real racoons come in,” said Gunn. “We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with racoons, and fed racoons, and dealt a lot with real racoons to get some of the behaviour down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Racoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character.”

Time to add that to the filmmaking resume.

Guardians of the Galaxy is currently set for an August 1, 2014 release.

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