Marvel's "Guardians," a rogue band of aliens led by thief and
explorer "Starlord" Peter Quill, will premiere next year on
Disney XD, and follow the intergalactic heroes as they battle
evil forces to keep the universe safe.
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie opened in August to rave
reviews and $94 million at the U.S. box office, the largest
August movie opening in film history and the biggest movie
release of 2014.
It has so far grossed $655 million at the global box office,
according to Boxoffice.com.
Unlike Disney's recent spate of Marvel superhero films including
the "Iron Man," "Captain America" and "Avengers" franchises, the
"Guardians" was a lesser-known comic book property and a risky
choice for a stand-alone movie.
The success of the film has already led the studio to greenlight
the sequel, due in 2017. Chris Pratt will reprise the role of
Peter Quill, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Zoe Saldana as
Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot and Dave Bautista as Drax the
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Richard
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