I'm getting a "FARSCAPE" vibe from this. Which is a very good thing.
That was a fantastic Sci-Fi show with a human astronaut stranded in a distant part of the Galaxy. He hooked up with some escaped alien "fugitives", they traveled in a living ship, they were pursued by a military/police group (The Peace Keepers), and they were also hounded by a particularly nasty alien who was interested in the wormhole technology the human lead carried in his head.
It was a visually stunning adventure filled with wild-looking aliens and lots of quirky alien critters.
So I'm most excited about this movie because what I've read about it makes me think more of FARSCAPE than Star Wars. And when you combine a quirky space adventure with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's lots of potential for coolness. It could be a colossal flop. But it could also be something really great.
Just to summarize some the interesting aspects of the movie in relation to the MCU (and FARSCAPE influences):
Basic premise: A U.S. pilot ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants. They travel in a sentient ship and are pursued by galactic police (Nova Corps). Lots of interesting and quirky aliens.
The movie should feature Thanos (who was behind the events of The Avengers), one of the biggest baddest villains in Marvel Comics.
I don't believe he'll be the main antagonist, but he should have a presence in the film. He'll also have a presence in Avengers 2, maybe as the main antagonist, but more likely still just a behind the scenes presence.
The movie will feature the Nova Corps. They are kind of like the Marvel Universe's version of the Green Lantern Corps. Glen Close's role is a leader of the Nova Corps.
It's been speculated that Lee Pace's role may be that of "Nova", kind of like Marvel's "Green Lantern"
That is still just speculation, but Nova Corps being in the movie is not. So either way, we are sure to eventually see Nova.
Also, it's recently been rumored that Marvel is courting John C. Reilly for a role in this. It's rumored that he would be a member of Nova Corps that is a liaison to Earth and S.H.I.E.L.D/S.W.O.R.D.
So when you take the FARSCAPE inspired elements, combine them with Thanos, the Nova Corps, and the building of the MCU's cosmic stage, and the growing cast:
and maybe John C. Reilly ...
... I just can't help but be really intrigued by this project.
Edited by Sean Bryan, May 30 2013 - 08:25 AM.