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Marvel, Disney XD announce new original animated-television series 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy'

by jmaloni

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Fri, Oct 10th 2014 06:20 pm

Set to premiere in 2015

Production has begun on "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy," an upcoming animated-television series for Disney XD, featuring the popular characters introduced in the record-breaking Marvel Studios film of the same name. The announcement was made today by Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, at New York Comic-Con.

Produced by Marvel Television, the series stars Peter Quill as Star-Lord, the brash adventurer who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, joins 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. The series will premiere in 2015 on the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD.

"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.

"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," Loeb said. "After starring in the biggest movie of 2014, everyone wants more of Star-Lord and his crew - now they'll get it."

With the success of its recent theatrical release, Guardians of the Galaxy has joined the Avengers and Spider-Man as one of Marvel's most prominent franchises. Premiering in August, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" debuted to rave reviews and a $94 million opening weekend - the largest August opening in North American history. The film has become the most successful domestic release of 2014, topping the box office for four weeks since its release.

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