The New York Comic Con is currently taking place in the Big Apple, and one of the first major announcements to come out of the annual event is the fact that an animated Guardians of the Galaxy TV series is on the way from Disney XD, the channel also responsible for Star Wars Rebels. It will air in 2015.
The show will reunite the characters from James Gunn’s live-action movie released earlier this year, with Peter Quill as Star-Lord, the brash adventurer who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, joining forces with a quartet of disparate misfits – fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon, a tree-like humanoid named Groot, the enigmatic, expert fighter Gamora and the rough-edged warrior Drax the Destroyer.
It’s believed that Guardians of the Galaxy will pick up shortly after the events of the movie, serving as a loose follow-up of sorts before the release of the sequel in 2017. Thanos is expected to play a major role.
“The movie and franchise quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. We’re looking forward to working with the great team at Marvel Television to deliver an engaging animated series that fans can enjoy each week,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD in a statement today.
“This is a very exciting time for the Marvel Animation Studio as we get to explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe by developing the first-ever ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’ animated series,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television. “After starring in the biggest movie of 2014, everyone wants more of Star-Lord and his crew – now they’ll get it.” Below is the first test footage and a poster courtesy of EW.