Dewey Cox in Space: John C. Reilly Joins 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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In all of the hubbub leading up to this weekend's "Man of Steel," it's easy to forget for a moment that Marvel remains a few steps ahead of DC when it comes to rolling out properties.

John C. Reilly has thrown his country music-loving hat into the superhero ring, signing up for a role in the potential franchise starter "Guardians of the Galaxy," which is scheduled to hit theaters August 1, 2014.

Reilly joins the previously announced eclectic cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace and Chris Pratt, according to Deadline. Reilly of course is no stranger to Marvel's corporate parent, having voiced the title role in Disney's $471 million hit "Wreck-It Ralph." He's signed up to play the leader of the Nova Corps, the Xandarian warrior Rhomann Dey, one of Marvel Comics' space-based heroes. In the mythology, his dying act was to transfer his powers to human teenager Richard Rider, who became the superhero Nova. (Not too unlike the Green Lantern story...)

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is part of Marvel's "Phase 2" rollout, which began with "Iron Man 3" and includes "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: Winter Soldier" and "Marvel's The Avengers 2." Marvel honcho Kevin Feige has said that "Guardians" will take place "95% in space." James Gunn, the director behind "Slither," will be behind the cameras.

If we're lucky, Marvel will see the genius of letting Reilly contribute to the soundtrack.