The Guardians come face-to-face with new foes in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy'

The Guardians find themselves face-to-face with the Believers and Black Order in a brand new clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” animated series. The sarcophagus has been opened and three powerful artifacts, that could either save the universe or destroy it, have been revealed. Watch five episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” beginning this Saturday at 12:00 PM ET on Disney XD!

Tune in to five brand-new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Saturday beginning at 12:00 PM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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The Guardians come face-to-face with new foes in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy'

Everything from Rocket’s mouth is a lie, and it may be the only thing saving the Guardians in a clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Check out the clip above and tune in to an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Saturday at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD.

When Rocket and Drax wake up with absolutely no memory of the night before, it’s up to the Guardians to piece together their adventures as well as get back the mysterious sarcophagus which is rumored to either usher-in a Golden Age…or destroy the entire galaxy. Preview the new episode in the clip above!

Tune in to a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Saturday at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Stephen Wacker and Cort Lane talk about this weekend's two-part, season two debut on Disney XD!

What’s an intergalactic team of galactic guardians to do during a brief stay on Earth? Well, if they’re the Guardians of the Galaxy, they try to steal a shrunken asteroid from the Avengers, inadvertently blast the surrounding area with a satellite laser and team up with the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on the High Evolutionary!

That’s how the first two episodes of the Disney XD series “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” will kick off on Saturday, March 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD. To get an early look at what to expect from “Stayin’ Alive,” “Evolution Rock” and the rest of the season we spoke with Senior Vice President, Animation and Family Entertainment Cort Lane and Vice President, Animation Stephen Wacker!

Marvel.com: This two parter features the Guardians teaming up with the Avengers to stop a series of threats. There are so many great interactions between characters like Rocket and Captain Marvel. Did those come naturally in the writing process?

Stephen Wacker: No. In the room with the writers and our story editor Marty Isenberg, we really played a lot. It took a while to get going on story because we were really playing the “what if” of how this character bounces against this one or how this character bounces against that one. I think what’s so rich about the Guardians is that every combination worked in their own way. You team any of those characters up with any of the Avengers and you get something new out of it. It wasn’t a situation where we just naturally said, “Oh, we want these two obviously together.” The problem was that there was so many iterations, that choosing which one gave us the best story [was difficult].

Marvel.com: The one that really clicked in my head was between Ant-Man and Star-Lord as both having outlaw backgrounds, but trying to do the right thing now.

Stephen Wacker: It’s been a year and a half since we broke the story, but I don’t remember that one coming instantly. We sat down with Marty and Mairghread Scott, our consulting producer, as we were breaking it all. I think we realized at a certain point, “Oh this is interesting. There’s some fun here that we can dig into.” When we first started to break into it, it was not long after the Ant-Man film had come out, so we brought in that fresh perspective from the movie as well.

Marvel.com: Going back a bit, you had a great first season, but I’m sure you’re always looking at what to do next. What were some of the big themes and ideas or even stories and villains you wanted to tackle this season?

Stephen Wacker: We get challenged by our bosses, and most directly Cort, with finding the new thing or new twist. Where we ended season one was with a big Thanos battle and the team on Earth. The season starts with shorts of the team finding a little something on Earth. What we really had from Cort after such a big action story was the challenge of really finding the fun. We ended with a big dramatic story, let’s come back in. Of course, we’re going to need action in the mighty Marvel manner, but let’s find the fun of this team on Earth because who knows if we’ll ever see this again.

So, if you had one time to tell this story, let’s make it as absolutely fun and funny as possible. There’s a lot of comedy in this show that is a little harder to pull off on, say, AVENGERS where it’s the end of the world for 22 minutes every week. Finding little things like Groot in his New York City John Lennon shirt, seeing how a bunch of people in Central Park react to the ship, seeing Gamora with a Statue of Liberty hat on, those were just moments we weren’t sure we’d ever get to see again and really wanted to have fun with it.

Marvel.com: Was the idea of teaming them up with the Avengers an extension of that idea of making this trip super memorable?

Stephen Wacker: Yeah, I come from that comic book world so I want to see our characters butt heads with each other and finally find a way to work together despite their differences. The Avengers are the greatest super team of all time and the Guardians, arguably, one of the worst, so there’s a great contrast there that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Cort Lane: I would add that the Marvel Universe works because of the connections to some extent, but also the characters are so relatable because their emotions and personalities and flaws are so human. You can connect to them even these rogues in the Guardians. Getting really interesting, relatable diverse characters to interact with each other creates great character moments which I don’t think a lot of franchises connect to the way that Marvel can. We really wanted to play off the characters with each other and we did that in a really fun. I think my favorite in it is the way Rocket and Hulk actually really get along. Their personalities are not that different. And just like you mentioned, Star-Lord and Ant-Man are sort of similar, but different. There can be conflict and comedy, but also, in the end, some camaraderie with them playing off of each other.

Marvel.com: How was it coming up with this take on The High Evolutionary and his alien-based creatures?

Stephen Wacker: That strictly came from Marty. Marty is a fan of that character. I had done several High Evolutionary stories in publishing. I find the character baffling and impossible to wrap my head around. I certainly laid down the gauntlet to our writing team that if they want to use a character like the High Evolutionary, they really had to make it so I could understand it and, by extension, an audience of kids or new viewers can understand just what this character is. He sort of rides a line between good and evil depending on perception. I was very happy where they ended up. We really had to dig into the character, from my perspective, to make him understandable to a human being.

Cort Lane: I had the opposite reaction. I love the High Evolutionary, Wundagore Mountain. He’s right though, some of these villains across Marvel history have not been as fully fleshed out as a villain like Magneto or Ultron. So, it was good to challenge the story editors to give him a clearly defined motive and personality. I think it comes across well here because I was delighted to see him in animation.

Marvel.com: Going into these episodes, I was more on Steve’s side. I got the whole scientist thing, but adding in the part about him seeing himself as an artist really made everything click for me.

Cort Lane: The best Marvel villains have a relatable motive that you can connect with them and they’re not just cartoon villains.

Stephen Wacker: Yeah, High Evolutionary thinks he’s the good guy in the story.

Marvel.com: Without giving too much away, Rocket makes off with something at the end of the episode that comic fans may recognize. How will that play into the rest of the season?

Cort Lane: Steve, what can we say?

Stephen Wacker: It will play in a very big way. Everything Rocket has, is always important. As we learned, even a robot leg that wasn’t initially needed will become very important.

Cort Lane: There’s something interesting with making Rocket a bit of a scavenger, like a lot of raccoons are. The things that he gathers and uses become important in the story, particularly the thing you’re talking about. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Marvel.com: My note when I saw that was, “Is that HIM?”

Stephen Wacker: I think we have talked about the character publicly.

Cort Lane: Yes, we have actually. We said that he’ll be important to this season. So, yes, it is HIM.

Marvel.com: What else can you tell us about this season and the stories or characters it will hold?

Stephen Wacker: I can say there’s a lot of Nova this year. The Nova Corps and Nova himself play an important role in the season and we really dig into Sam in particular, but everything about the Nova Corps and their relationship with the Guardians. We’ll see a return of the Black Order, Cosmo. We’ve got a really fun episode around 8 or 9 called “Me and You and a Dog Named Cosmo” when we find Cosmo going undercover. There’s a lot of belief that Cosmo could be a really fun character for us to flesh out the team.

Cort Lane: There’s a story for Tana Nie which is not something you’d expect, but it makes her a really compelling character and really relatable to young people too.

Stephen Wacker: A big storyline coming up this season, that I think will have a lot of people talking, is what we’re calling The Symbiote War. That’s coming about halfway through the season, following up on our Symbiote story from season one and it takes us back to Groot’s homeworld.

We’ll see more of Quill’s sister, we’ll see Thor throughout the season. It’s important for people to know that, like with season one, there is an arc to the season. Our stories can be enjoyed individually, but we do leave the team at the end of 26 episodes in a different place than we find them in. That journey’s going to be dramatic, with some wins and some losses. It’s going to have a little good, a little bad, a little bit of both throughout it. I know Cort and I are very excited about how deep we were able to dig into the Marvel cosmic universe this season.

Cort Lane: It’s a little more exploratory, even though there is a defined arc and something to do with HIM that carries us through the end of the season, but we get to meet a lot of new races and key characters throughout the Marvel cosmic universe. Last season was more of a scavenger hunt and them on the run, this is an exploration of the Marvel Universe.

To go exploring with the Guardians check out “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” season two as it returns on Disney XD this Saturday at 9:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Plus, new original shorts featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy set to debut in February

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” the action-packed, animated space adventure following a ragtag band of disparate misfits, will debut its second season with a one-hour telecast featuring back-to-back episodes, Saturday, March 11 (9:00 p.m., EST/PST) on Disney XD. Disney XD will also release six shorts following the adventures of the five main characters daily beginning February 27 on the Disney XD app, VOD and Disney XD’s YouTube.

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” season two will follow Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot on a mission to protect Star-Lord’s home planet of Earth, when they cross pass with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. After an epic battle, the two teams come together to save Earth from an alien mad scientist, The High Evolutionary, but inadvertently unleash an ancient weapon. With every alien baddie in the galaxy after this weapon, the Guardians must unlock its secrets before it destroys them and everything they’ve sworn to protect.
The multi-platform schedule is:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – SATURDAY, MARCH 4

  • Six brand-new original shorts will debut daily on Disney XD’s YouTube, VOD and the Disney XD app. In the animated shorts, the Guardians load down the Milano with too many Earth souvenirs and accidentally cause the ship to crash.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

  • One-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” season two featuring back-to-back episodes on Disney XD (9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST). The first two episodes will also be available on the Disney XD VOD and the Disney XD App for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.
    • “Stayin’ Alive” (9:00 p.m., EST/PST) – While trying to dispose of Thanos’ asteroid, the Guardians discover it has been taken to a secure facility that belongs to the Avengers.
    • “Evolution Rock” (9:30 p.m., EST/PST) – The Guardians and the Avengers team up to find out what powerful secrets lie inside Thanos’ asteroid.

The series stars Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”) as the quirky leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”) as the temperamental, tough-talking Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (“Star Wars Rebels”) as the unparalleled warrior Gamora, David Sobolov (“Transformers: Prime”) as the rough-edged warrior Drax the Destroyer, and Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) as tree-like humanoid Groot.

Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes 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”) Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”), Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Marty Isenberg (“Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters”) and Harrison Wilcox (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man); and supervising director Leo Riley (“TRON: Uprising”).

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Get caught up on all the latest announcements in the world of Marvel Animation straight from San Diego Comic-Con 2016!

Get the latest news about what’s to come in the animated adventures of Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy just announced at San Diego Comic-Con!

'Marvel's Avengers: Secret Wars' coming soon

‘Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars’ coming soon

Following the success of “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution,” an all-new season of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes adventures will be coming to Disney XD in “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars”! The all-new Avengers, featuring Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, The Wasp and Vision, must not only save Earth, but all of reality. In the meantime, check out a clip from an all-new episode of “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution” airing this Sunday at 8:30 AM ET on Disney XD that kicks off an explosive arc of Inhuman episodes above!

'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy' Season 2 coming soon

‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’ Season 2 coming soon

In out-of-this-world excitement, fans will get to enjoy two of their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy in brand-new “Rocket & Groot” shorts coming soon to Disney XD! Created by Passion Pictures and directed by Arnauld Delord, famous for his Gorillaz music videos, you’ll see the duo in a way like never before. In the second season of the hit “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Guardians leave Earth, they manage to cross paths with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers!

For fans of the meanest and greenest super hero in the Marvel universe, Hulk gets his very own animated feature, “Marvel’s Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell”! Hulk teams up with Dr. Strange and the Howling Commandoes to explore some of the uncharted corners of the Marvel universe.

Marvel's Super Hero Battle Royale

Marvel’s Super Hero Battle Royale

Pick your favorite heroes and see how they perform each week when the “Marvel Fantasy Super Hero” game returns as “Marvel’s Super Hero Battle Royale”! Beginning September 5 and running through October 30, head to the Disney XD app to assemble your team, watch Marvel episodes, and see how you did. We recommend recruiting one of the biggest super heroes in the world, your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

Keep watching all of your favorite Marvel animated series on Disney XD Sunday mornings! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest on your favorites in the world of Marvel animation and all the latest news out of San Diego Comic-Con.

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The Mad Titan heads to Manhattan in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday at 8:00 AM ET!

The Guardians’ defensive maneuvers have unintended consequences in a clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the clip above and see an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

With Thanos hot on their heels, the Guardians must take evasive measures if they hope to escape his wrath! Ronan helps the heroes deter the foe, but their tactics create a dire situation for Star-Lord’s home planet. See the catastrophic consequences in the clip above!

Tune in to a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on DIsney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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A cave-dwelling creature confronts the Guardians in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday morning!

The Guardians come face-to-face with an unfamiliar foe in a clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Check out the clip above and tune in to an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

The hunt for the location of the Cosmic Seed leads the Guardians to a series of underground caves and right into the subterranean stronghold of a massive monster! Although Star-Lord claims he might know what the creature is, the Cosmic Seed’s effects have transformed the beast into something otherwordly. Witness the behemoth in the clip above!

Tune in to a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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The duo make a break for it with surprising assistance in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday!

Korath pursues prisoners through a terrestrial jail in a clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Check out the clip above and watch a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” airing Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

When Star-Lord and Cosmo find themselves contained by local law enforcement, Korath makes quick work to spring them and take the duo under his control! The trio of intergalactic travelers leave a path of destruction in their wake as the pursuit intensifies, only for some surprise visitors to add to the messy situation. See the destructive escape attempt in the clip above!

Tune in to an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” airing Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Star-Lord inadvertently aims for the Inhuman in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday morning!

The Guardians fly out of the frying pan and into the fire in a new clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the clip above and tune in to an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

When the Guardians find themselves in need of an exit strategy, Star-Lord blows a hole in the hull of a shielded ship to make for an awesome escape! Quill fails to realize that his celebration won’t last long with Black Bolt standing directly in the way of their ship. See what Black Bolt has to say in the clip above!

Check out a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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The Grandmaster stacks the deck against Gamora as he puts her through her trial!

Gamora stands at the Grandmaster’s mercy in a new clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the clip above and catch a fresh episode this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

With the fate of a planet at stake, Gamora has no choice but to run through the Grandmaster’s gauntlet. The Grandmaster doesn’t plan on making things easy, though, as he robs Gamora of her signature blade and sets her loose in a maze full of danger!

Tune in to a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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