James Gunn Says Guardians of the Galaxy ‘Definitely Connected to Avengers 3′

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This summer will see the cinematic debut of one of the strangest collections of characters that Marvel Studios has assembled, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Though the group will no doubt get up to some heroic deeds in the film, actress Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in the film, says they're not 100% heroes.

''We're the Sex Pistols,'' Saldana told EW. ''We're the renegades. We'll come in drunk, we'll save the day, but check your wallet — we might have taken it.''

The film is shaping up to be unlike anything else Marvel Studios has released before, but that doesn't mean it won't be highly connected to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the latest issue of EW, director James Gunn revealed a huge connection by saying: "We're definitely connected to 'Avengers 3.'"

That connection is more than likely the Mad Titan himself, Thanos, who appeared in the mid-credit scene for 2012's The Avengers, and though he has yet to be confirmed for the August 1 release, his presence has been hinted at previously. Who would you like to see play Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Sound off below!

The penultimate entry in "Phase Two" of Marvel Studios' ongoing cinematic universe, Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by Gunn and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Vin Diesel.

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