Before "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," comes to theaters in 2017, fans of the heroes will be able to see Starlord/Peter Quill, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and Drax on the small screen. Marvel's animated "Guardians of the Galaxy" series will air on Disney XD and take place after the events of the film.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Eric Radomski, Marvel senior vice president and creative director of animation, said the series will not be a direct continuation of the movie, but the writers of the show were able to read the screenplay for the film.
"It's going to go wherever James Gunn decides it's going to go. Our stories pull from what we've learned from the movies and a lot of originality on the part of the writers in terms of creating new adventures with the characters," Radomski dished.
Starlord's roots will also be explored in the animated series, as it was revealed in the film that his father was part of an ancient race from somewhere in the galaxy. Radomski says Quill is curious about where he's from and he'll continue to look into that on the show.
"Boy Meets World" star Will Friedle will voice Starlord on the series. The show will also star David Sobolov as Drax, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, Trevor Devall as Rocket Raccoon and Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot.
Gunn, who directed the first movie, will be back to write and direct the film sequel. In a Periscope question and answer session with fans in June, the "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" director revealed that he wants to scale down on the character count in the 2017 sequel. He said his hope is that he can better focus on really diving into the characters established in the first movie on an emotional level.
The animated "Guardians of the Galaxy" series premieres Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD. There will also be an early, sneak peak Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.
See a clip from the first episode below: