The tenth movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe comes to theatres this summer. If you aren’t familiar with Guardians Of The Galaxy, don’t sweat it, neither are many die-hard comic book readers. Marvel guru Stan Lee recently confessed why he won’t be making a cameo in this movie, “No, I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.”
Who are the Guardians Of The Galaxy? What is the movie about and why should Marvel fans care? These are some questions Marvel and Disney need to address in their marketing campaign to get people in the theatres for the all-important opening weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy could be a huge summer blockbuster or maybe it’ll be lucky to barely break even on its sizeable budget. One things for sure, Guardians needs more awareness to get general movie-goers excited.
Continue reading to find out what you need to know about Guardians Of The Galaxy starring Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Batista and many more.
*** Updated with Trailer Impressions and Official Movie Screenshots ***
WHY MARVEL IS MAKING A GUARDIANS MOVIE
Each of Marvel Studio’s franchises have a different feel and scope. Guardians Of The Galaxy is a science fiction romp mainly taking place in outer space; it’s a different flavor that’s sets it apart from other Marvel movies such as the political thriller of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the fantasy adventure of Thor: The Dark World. Parent company Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, so in a way Guardians is Marvel’s own property for telling intergalactic, space adventure stories.
As Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand, the studio is very aware of superhero fatigue. Because the main characters of Guardians Of The Galaxy are unknown and “far out there” they could be embraced as something fresh and exciting. Of course, these same factors make this movie a big gamble for Marvel. Characters from Guardians as well the movie’s macguffin nicely sets up the groundwork for phase three of MCU.
Ultimately, it’s all about making money. Guardians has a potential winning formula as an action-adventure in space with misfit kick-ass characters and director James Gunn’s signature brand of twisted humour.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.
To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
MEET THE GUARDIANS
Guardians of The Galaxy is a ragtag team of misfit aliens, nicknamed the Cosmic Avengers. They find trouble as much as trouble likes to find them. Guardians are an unlikely team but they’ll keep on fighting when the galaxy needs someone to take a stand and are Earth’s first line of defence.
• Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star Lord
Originally from Earth, Peter Quill is half human and half Spartoi. He’s a self-serving rogue who eventually learns to put others before himself. Based on Marvel’s synopsis, the movie will be an origin story of how the Guardians get together as a team with Peter Quill as their leader. In a role that every young actor in Hollywood coveted, Chris Pratt brings an instant likeability factor and his knack for comedy.
• Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Deadly and enigmatic are words that have been used to describe Gamora. In the comics, Gamora is billed as the most dangerous woman in the universe and is the adopted daughter of Thanos (more on him later). Not to be typecast as a blue alien, Avatar’s Zoe Saldana goes green in Guardians. No relation to the Hulk. 😉
• Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon
Don’t let this walking, talking furry animal fool you. He’ll shoot first, ask questions never. Rocket is a genetically engineered, gun slinging raccoon. He could easily steal this movie with his acerbic, sharp-tongued one-liners. The banter between Bradley Cooper’s Rocket and Chris Pratt’s Star Lord is a comedy gold-mine if the screenwriters are on point.
• Vin Diesel as Groot
Groot is a tree man-monster with extraordinary regenerative abilities. He could possibly be more intelligent than his limited vocabulary might suggest. You won’t forget his name by the end of the movie. Providing the voice and motion capture is action star and one-time nanny Vin Diesel.
• Dave Batista as Drax The Destroyer
WWE star Dave Batista is a good fit as the muscles of the team. In the comics, “Drax is a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos. His powers include flight, super-strength and energy blasts” according to THR.
MEET THE VILLAINS & SUPPORTING CAST
Thanos, as seen in the post-credit teaser in Avengers, is the ultimate big bad of MCU. He’ll be pulling the strings behind the scenes in Guardians Of The Galaxy but the movie’s true villain is Ronan The Accuser played by The Hobbit’s Lee Pace. Ronan is a super powerful judge, jury and executioner type figure according to Screenrant. Joining the rogues gallery is Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan as a bald-headed villainess named Nebula and Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer.
Rounding out the cast is Benicio Del Toro who reprises his role as The Collector, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael (leader of Nova Corps), John C. Reilly as Rohmann Dey and Michael Rooker as Centaurian bowman Yondu.
The wait for the trailer is over! The World Premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy trailer debuted on February 18th, 2014. Now we can bask in its afterglow.
The trailer gives a good impression of what to expect from the movie especially for anyone who’s hasn’t heard about Guardians before. The irreverent humour establishes the tone for the movie. Guardians is not going to take itself too seriously which is a positive sign considering one of the main characters is a talking raccoon.
It’s a smart decision to focus on introducing each team member instead of giving away the plot. I’m pleased with the look of Rocket Racoon and Groot as they were big questions marks for me until now. I can’t wait to see more of Rocket with his guns blazing. I’m still warming up to the look of Gamora but I do like the menacing sly smile she gives while posing for her mugshot. What the trailer doesn’t answer is what will the voice of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon sound like?
There’s a lot to take in particularly during the sizzle reel portion near the end of the trailer. Instead of listing all the best moments, I’m just going to pick 3 of them.
Top 3 Favorite Trailer Moments
#3. Star Lord, man … legendary outlaw? – It’s ironic because most people who are watching the trailer for the first time are also asking “Who is Star Lord?” If you close your eyes you might think it’s Emmett from the Lego Movie – that’s because it is! Peter Quill has been compared to Hans Solo but there’s a bit of Indiana Jones reference when he picks up that orb from the pedestal.
#2. What a bunch of A*holes! – I think this line was also in the comic-con teaser where I originally thought John C. Reilly delivered it. It’s still funny and awesome as ever.
#1. Oh I’m Sorry, I didn’t know how this machine worked. – On my first watch, I actually didn’t find it that funny. But man, it’s hilarious! This is why you hire Chris Pratt, an actor with the comedic skills to pull off gags like this. If cranking up the obscene gesture didn’t work for you maybe it’ll be funnier in the theatre with a bunch of people laughing out loud.
What do you like or dislike about the trailer? Do you like the song choice “I’m Hooked On A Feeling”?
The mysterious orb which Peter Quill steals, along with the Tesseract introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger and the Aether from Thor: The Dark World are pieces of a bigger puzzle in MCU’s master plan. While it may be a little too early for Marvel to show their hand, fans can speculate with relative certainty that Thanos wants to get his mitts on these artifacts of immense power.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1, 2014 across most of the world including North America and UK.
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