Guardians of the Galaxy is the deadliest film of all time

Apparently Star Wars doesn't count

Guardians of the Galaxy may be one of the funniest superhero films to date but don't let that facade fool you; it's the deadliest film of all time also.

A new study has found that thanks to a deadly final act, James Gunn's critically-acclaimed Marvel outing includes more on-screen casualties than any other film in cinema history. 83,761 to be exact (80,000 of these are unnamed Nova Corp pilots).

Its closest competitor is 2014 film Dracula Untold which sits a whole 78,184 below that total (5,687).

Guardians is not the only Marvel film to make an appearance either with Avengers Assemble creeping in at number ten with 1,019.

Three of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth-set films make an appearance in the top ten, with the final two Lord of the Rings films as well as the concluding part of his Hobbit trilogy making placements.

The results were compiled by GoCompare who decided to discover which films have racked up the most fatalities since the 1940s. You can see the full top ten below.

1 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - 83,871 on-screen deaths

2 Dracula Untold (2014) - 5,687

3 The Sum of All fears (2002) - 2,922

4 The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) - 2,798

5 300: Rise of An Empire (2014) - 2,234

6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - 1,741

7 The Matrix Revolutions (2003) - 1,647

8 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) - 1,417

9 Braveheart (1995) - 1,297

10 Avengers Assemble (2012) - 1,019

Of course, it could be argued that some films have been overlooked (Star Wars, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc.).

Gunn is currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 which will reunite Chris Pratt with Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper. The film will be released 28 April 2017.

Repeating the words "I am Groot" in various intonations is a particularly tough gig for any actor.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's director James Gunn decided to help Vin Diesel out by providing a special version of the script to the Groot actor; one in which the character's endless "I am Groot" lines were actually translated into English, revealing the meanings only Rocket Raccoon can usually interpret.

Gunn posted an image of the front page of the ultra-top-secret "Groot version" to his Facebook; writing, "This is the special Groot version of the script that only Vin Diesel and I have, where every Groot line is printed in English instead of Groot, so Vin will know what the various 'I am Groot''s mean. I love putting this thing together."

More secrecy to add to Marvel's closely-guarded upcoming film slate; though the studio took the rather surprising decision to reveal the highly-anticipated identity of Star-Lord's father at this year's Comic-Con, as a way to avoid fan disappointment and focus hype around the film itself.

There have also been a few morsels of information slipping online: from a piece of concept art showing the Guardians taking on a dog-like Kraken creature, to Elizabeth Debicki revealing details of her character Ayesha.

Gunn has, however, insisted the first trailer for the film shown at Comic-Con won't be turning up any time soon; as the footage shown featured unifinished effects the director isn't happy with releasing to the general public.