One of the largest blockbusters of the year, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is officially set to become a TV series. The adaptation will be an animated show and is scheduled to air on Disney Channel XD beginning in 2015.
The announcement of the new television show was made by Marvel on Oct. 10 at the New York Comic-Con. The company released a small clip of test footage from the show featuring the lovable Rocket Raccoon and Peter Quill as the heroic Star-Lord. Rocket is seen on the run from a robotic enemy. The raccoon takes a leap of faith, jumping from an enormous height and landing flawlessly on his little feet only to whip out his deadly blaster and annihilate his enemy. The likes of Star-Lord then appear, calling out to Rocket as “Fuzzy” and jokingly stating that the raccoon will need a bigger gun if they are going to be “hanging out together”.
The animation is seen as a two-dimensional hand-drawn style of production. The series has a similar look to the numerous other Marvel TV shows currently airing like The Avengers, but Guardians of the Galaxy still possesses a slightly different style that is original in its own light. The character design reflects that of the recent film with nearly identical color patterns and outfits to Chris Pratt and the supporting characters. Entertainment Weekly released a full-on poster that revealed the five main guardians, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot as their newly animated selves. One noticeable difference is the very green color tone and less tree-bark-like look that the cartoon Groot possesses.
Guardians of the Galaxy will be one of two new shows released on Disney XD in an effort to save the faltering channel that has yet to provide a smash hit series. The other contender is Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Rebels which is set to premiere on Oct. 13. Disney XD has suffered a great amount of view losses and has not lived up to its anticipated success of attracting young male viewers to Disney television. The Disney Channel claimed preteen and primary-aged girls with shows like Hannah Montana and have held onto that niche market ever since. Disney XD was created to bring in more boys and with the addition of action-packed and more heartier shows like Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars Rebels, perhaps their wish will be granted.
Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed over $300 million worldwide and has begun to create a brand of its own similar to that of the Spider-Man or Avengers sagas. Popular video games like Disney Infinity have included characters and story lines from the franchise and large chain companies such as Subway have used the film in recent marketing campaigns. From the looks of things, it is very evident that the franchise will be around for many years to come.
As Guardians of the Galaxy becomes a TV series, super fans of the film and the Marvel brand can barely contain their excitement for the show’s release. The date is unconfirmed, but viewers will be seeing the valiant guardians on their television screens very shortly. The New York Comic-Con test footage for the animated series can be viewed below.
By Cody Collier