SDCC 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy Get Animated

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After confirming that Guardians of the Galaxy will get a sequel, we learned they will also appear in a new animated series.

After confirming that Guardians of the Galaxy will get a sequel, we learned they will also appear in a new animated series.

This will be in addition to making some guest appearances on the Marvel animated series currently running; Ultimate Spider-Man: Web WarriorsAvengers Assemble and Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. Marvel is so intent on getting the word out to those who are not familiar with the team they are changing up this season of Ultimate Spider-Man to air the Guardians of the Galaxy episode as soon as possible. According to Senior Vice President Eric Radomski their goal was to ”get [the Guardians] into the minds of everybody who might not know about them.”

The trailer of the new animation is hush hush, with the attendees of Hall H having been asked to keep mum about the project, which everyone knows is the best way to get everyone talking about it. The 60-second clip opens to a futuristic city scape, with Rocket Raccoon evading a laser shooting probe. Rocket jumps off a tall structure, rolling on his back as he blasts the probe. An unseen voice says “Hey, fuzzy,” and is revealed to be Star-Lord.  ”if we’re going to be hanging out together you’re going to need bigger blasters.” The scene fades to the Guardians of the Galaxy logo and the fans in Hall H presumably go wild.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are no strangers to Marvel animation, having appeared in past years in both Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man. One fan of the Guardians put together a trailer of his own.

Please Note: This is not the trailer for the new animated series, this is a fan made clip from past appearances. 

Animated appearances aren’t the only way that Marvel is getting the word out. Currently at Disneyland California guests can enjoy a 4D Guardians of the Galaxy experience. Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, formerly home of Honey I Shrunk the Audience and Captain EO, is running the 3D preview that includes wind and rain effects, as well as motion seats.

The experience opens with alien ruins and a masked man, rocking out to some classic 70′s tunes. After retrieving a mysterious alien orb he comes face to face with a menacing figure, Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) introduces himself and the action begins. As Star-Lord blasts off the seats in the theater rumble, wind from the engines blows through the theater. The entire experience is enjoyable and promising. While the experience left you wanting so much more, the question remains, will the Guardians live up to the hype? With the Marvel movie machine in full swing, can the Guardians deliver and if they do, can we expect some live action crossover in addition to their appearance in the Marvel animated series?

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