Guardians Assemble: New Images from Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Monday, 17 February 2014 15:09 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Guardians Assemble: New Images from Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Greasing the way for the first theatrical trailer's premiere tomorrow, Marvel Studios is sliding three official glimpses at Guardians of the Galaxy down the space-chute.

These images give good looks at each member of the titular team, from Chris Pratt's Star-Lord to Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper.  Not only that, but one picture also offers our first look at the Milano, Peter Quill's intergalactic hot rod.

Pratt plays Quill,aka Star-Lord, a half-human, half-alien who was born on Earth in the eighties but was raised in space from age nine on. "Being stuck in space with no accountability makes for a strange combination of youthful vibrancy and cluelessness in a childlike man," Pratt explains to USA Today, which just debuted the trio of photos.

"He does some things that most people wouldn't get away with," says Pratt of Quill, who cherishes a vintage Walkman and a mysterious orb that drives the movie's story. "But part of his arc is being willing to essentially sacrifice himself for the greater good of other people."

Pratt, currently voicing Emmet in The Lego Movie, leads one hell of a strange cast.  On the team, there's Zoe Saldana as Gamora, a deadly-dangerous alien assassin with a deep connection to arch-villain Thanos; Dave Bautista as Drax, an alien who may once have been a human jazz musician; Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon, a wisecracking, gun-toting raccoon; and Vin Diesel voicing Groot, a sentient tree-warrior who only ever says "I am Groot."

They make up the Guardians of the Galaxy, a ragtag group of misfits who team up to break out of the space-prison Kyln, kicking off an adventure that takes them to Knowhere, a giant alien head floating in outer space, and to the menagerie of the Collector, an alien with an eye for precious antiquities.

Outside of the core group, the cast that director James Gunn has pulled together only gets odder.  Benicio Del Toro plays the Collector, with Lee Pace and Karen Gillan as bad guys Ronan the Accuser and Nebula.  Also partaking in space-weirdness are Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Ophelia Lovibond.

Gunn, director of offbeat delights Super and Slither, makes his event-movie debut with Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters on August 1st.

Everything about this would-be franchise is a little strange, from the setting to the lesser-known property to the director to the cast.  That's part of what's cool, according to Pratt, audiences are ready for something unexepcted.  "They know what to expect at every turn," he says. "So that's why it's important now to do a comic-book movie that no one's ever seen before.''

The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is set to premiere tomorrow night during Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with Pratt introducing the Guardians' big introduction to the world.

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