The Marvel Animated Universe is going cosmic this autumn, with a Sept. 26 premiere date on Disney XD now set for its upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Leading up to the premiere, Disney XD will broadcast throughout August 10 shorts introducing the series’ characters. The schedule for the shorts is:
- Aug. 1: Star-Lord – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (10:28 p.m., ET/PT)
- Aug. 8: Groot – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)
- Aug. 15: Rocket Raccoon – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)
- Aug. 22: Drax – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)
- Aug. 29: Gamora – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)
The series is based on both the comic book series and last year’s hit live-action feature film. Marvel states the series “follows the newly-formed team who finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed, which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos, to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.”
Produced by Marvel Animation, the series is created by executive producers Alan Fine (Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor), Dan Buckley (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.), Joe Quesada (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); co-executive producers Stan Lee (Spider-Man), Eric Radomski (Spawn, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), Cort Lane (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man) and Stephen Wacker (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble); supervising producers Marty Isenberg (Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Master) and Harrison Wilcox (Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.); consulting producer Steven Melching (Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.); and supervising director Leo Riley (Tron: Uprising).
The voice cast features Will Friedle as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall as Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, David Sobolov as Drax the Destroyer, Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot and James Arnold Taylor as Yondu and Cosmo.
Disney XD will follow that up with a sneak peek at the first episode Sept. 5 at 9 p.m.
The Sept. 26 premiere will feature the first two episodes, aired back to back starting at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The next day, the episodes will be available to WATCH Disney XD users.
For more on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, check out Animation Magazine #251 (July 2015), available now in print and digital!