There is a ton of new Guardians of the Galaxy news hitting now, and not just the Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon news either. While James Gunn told the Comic Con 2013 crowd that his heroes were a bunch of “a-holes,” there is a lot more known about the movie characters now.
First of all, the cast is pretty much wrapped up with Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Batista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, , Vin Diesel voicing Groot and Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon. Unless something changes drastically, those look to be the actors leading the new team of intergalactic superheroes.
Well, in the new Empire magazine, Kevin Feige described each of the characters from the movie, giving some more Guardians of the Galaxy news about what we can expect. Most of what he says is already known by anyone who reads comics. Rocket Raccoon is not really a raccoon but a genetic experiment (and, in the comics, a pissed off one), Groot looks like a tree (nothing was said about his royal lineage), Star Lord is from earth but we meet him much later, Drax is out for vengeance against Ronan the Accuser, and Gamora is a bad guy at first, working for Ronan.
Also, this brings the new information to the story that Thanos IS NOT the main bad guy in the movie, although we will learn more about him and see that he pulls a lot of strings. The real bad guy is Ronan, who is played by Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies). With Drax wanting to kill Ronan above all else and Gamora working for Ronan at the start, it is clear this team will not be a cohesive unit at first.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.