August 2014 is crunch time for Marvel Studios. As the abs on most of their cinematic heroes can testify, Marvel knows about crunches, but not quite like this. 1 August sees the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, easily the most outlandish – and out-space-ish – offering from the comic book movie studio to date. The film will serve as a big budget litmus test, because if audiences latch onto giant talking trees and sociopathic raccoons, then it gives them carte blanche to tackle some of their other, even kookier properties.
And based on what we’ve seen of the James Gunn directed movie thus far, audiences are going to absolutely love it, with every kid wanting an anthropomorphic raccoon with a chaingun for Christmas. And today we get another look at the movie, starting off with that kickass, colourful (Yay, no blue/orange colour scheme!) poster up top.
A second, full length trailer for the film will also be dropping tomorrow, and until then we get two new teasers, which features not only glimpses at a lot of new footage but also the Bradley Cooper voiced Rocket Raccoon finally speaking on film.
Finally, the folks over at Stitch Kingdom have managed to get their hands on character descriptions for the entire cast, which not only tell us more about this zany band of space adventurers and the foes they have to face, but also name-drops a certain purple faced Mad Titan several times. Just a warning, there are some minor story SPOILERS in these descriptions, but nothing that will ruin any major surprises in the final film.
PETER QUILL (Chris Pratt)
Peter Quill is an interstellar adventurer who was abducted from Earth at a young age. After recovering an ancient artifact, Quill must rally an unlikely team of cosmic misfits to prevent a powerful villain from destroying the galaxy.
GAMORA (Zoe Saldana)
Gamora is an orphan from an alien world who was raised by the mysterious Thanos to become the perfect weapon. As Thanos’ personal assassin, Gamora has earned a reputation as a formidable warrior. Gamora now seeks redemption for her past crimes.
DRAX (Dave Bautista)
A physical brute, Drax has a personal vendetta against Ronan, who killed his family. Now fueled by pure rage, Drax will stop at nothing to take his revenge on the most dangerous being in the galaxy.
GROOT (Vin Diesel)
Groot descends from a race of walking flora and resembles a sentient tree. Despite his strange appearance and limited communication skills, Groot proves to be a valuable ally and a loyal friend—not only to his fellow bounty hunter Rocket but to the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy as well.
ROCKET (Bradley Cooper)
Rocket is a bounty hunter and mercenary whose mastery of weapons and battle tactics make him a formidable warrior, despite being a genetically altered, cybernetically enhanced, talking raccoon. The result of traumatic biological experimentation, Rocket is a genuine gun-toting badass and mechanical genius who has a huge chip on his shoulder.
RONAN (Lee Pace)
A Kree radical, Ronan continues to fight an ancient war between his people and the Xandarians. Ronan has struck a bargain with the Machiavellian Thanos — retrieve a mysterious artifact, and in exchange Xandar will finally be eradicated. Ronan leads his army to hunt down Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy when they come between him and his genocidal goal.
YONDU (Michael Rooker)
Blue-skinned Yondu is an interstellar bandit who has a less-than-perfect paternal relationship with Peter Quill. As leader of the outlaws known as Ravagers, Yondu and his cohorts pillage their way through the galaxy, taking whatever they want for solely their own benefit.
NEBULA (Karen Gillan)
A blue-skinned deadly assassin, Nebula is a loyal lieutenant in Ronan and Thanos’ employ. Her advanced skill set and cybernetic enhancements make her a valuable asset but her resentment of Thanos’ adoptive daughter Gamora may prove to be her Achilles heel.
KORATH (Djimon Hounsou)
Korath, a powerful ally of the villainous Ronan, is a feared intergalactic hunter. Korath is a pursuer who is dedicated to the kill and focuses only on one thing—his target.
RHOMANN DEY (John C. Reilly)
Rhomann Dey is a Corpsman in the Nova Corps, the planet Xandar’s military force. Dey is a loyal and trusted officer but his by-the-book attitude takes a detour when he develops an unlikely rapport with Peter Quill.
NOVA PRIME (Glenn Close)
Nova Prime Irani Rael is in charge of Nova Corps operations throughout the galaxy. From her base of operations on Xandar, the principled and efficient Nova Prime leads her forces with confidence. She defines her mission above all to protect the citizens of Xandar and keep peace.
THE COLLECTOR (Benicio Del Toro)
Taneleer Tivan, aka The Collector, is the obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics and species in the galaxy. An enigmatic figure, The Collector operates out of a place in space aptly named Knowhere. When he encounters Peter Quill and his band, The Collector attempts to strike a dubious bargain.
A few pointers to take away from that:
- I believe this is the first time that the movie has acknowledged Gamora’s relationship with Thanos.
- And speaking of relationships with Thanos, Drax no longer has one. In the comics, it’s the Mad Titan that kills his family, not Ronan, with Thanos’ estranged father experimenting on the then human Drax to turn him into the perfect killing machine to take down his megalomaniacal son.
- The Kree have never waged a war against Xandar (and subsequently the Nova Corps) in the comics, so this is a completely new angle, especially as it appears to represent the Nova Corps as a military unit, instead of the space cops they normally are.
- The Collector’s base in the movie, Knowhere, is actually the Guardians’ base in the comics, so I won’t be surprised if they end up moving in there at some point. I wonder if they will go with the comic book origin of the base though – it’s the hollowed out, decapitated head of a Celestial, a member of an ancient, giant race of space-gods – and whether the base’s keeper, Cosmo the telepathic, Soviet canine cosmonaut (yes, you read that right) will be around.
Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Vin Diesel, and is set for release on August 1, 2014.
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.