Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” loads up on stars/Glenn Close, Karen Gillan…

James Gunn is directing the debut feature of this Marvel franchise. It’s shooting in the UK this month and next.

Glenn Close and Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt and Lee Pace and Michael Rooker (the last two plays villains, natch) and Dave Bautista are in the cast. Karen Gillan, a “Doctor Who” alumnus, also will be getting a check.

I missed this as a comic book thread — not a lot of issues were published, the whole thing seems Avengers-redundant (on a galactic and distant future level) with superheroes guarding — the galaxy.

There’s always one Marvel franchise that starts out on shaky ground, and never gains cinema traction. I had thought “Thor” and “Hulk” were those titles, and “Fantastic Four” certainly filled that bill.

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