Guardians Of The Galaxy: What We Know So Far
Marvel Studios releasing Iron Man as their first feature was considered a somewhat risky move back in 2008. Without the level of name recognition inherent in characters like Spider-Man or Batman, box office analysts had no idea if audiences would respond to the material. Of course, the film wound up as a ridiculous hit and became the first of Marvelís many successful gambles since. This summer, however, arrives what may very well be their biggest risk yet in James Gunnís Guardians of the Galaxy.
When the studio announced the project at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2012 it was met with quite a bit of confusion. Even some of the most die-hard comic book fans out there were barely aware of the space-patrolling teamís existence, and making a feature based on the material seemed like a very odd choice. After the film enlisted an insane cast and showed off some spectacular footage at Comic-Con 2013, however, the movie was catapulted on to many Most Anticipated of 2014 lists (including our very own). Unfortunately, there are still many out there who donít really have any idea of what to expect from the movie Ė but thatís a problem Iím here to solve.
With Guardians of the Galaxy hitting theaters in just a few months and the first trailer rumored to arrive next week, Iíve put together a handy little guide that I hope will help all of you get to know the characters and players involved in the sci-fi adventure a little better.
First, here's the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer...
Now read on and learn a bit about what you just saw and what you've yet to see...
James GunnFirst coming aboard the project back in August of 2012, James Gunn is the big brain behind everything you see in Guardians of the Galaxy, serving as both the screenwriter and the director. The film is easily the biggest directorial effort of his career, as he is best known for his work with the low-budget moviemakers of Troma Entertainment and for making titles like Super, starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page. Itís also worth noting that he has been friends with The Avengers director Joss Whedon for years, and that the character Gunn on the series Angel was actually named after him.
Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-LordFirst up we have Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord, played by Parks and Recreationís Chris Pratt. Despite his looks, he is actually half human and half alien, and when he was a kid he was taken away from Earth and never looked back. His go-to mode is being a Han Solo-type anti-hero, but in the film he finds himself on the run from some very dangerous enemies when he comes into possession of a mysterious orb that is desired by some heavy hitters. He joins up with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy basically because he needs their help surviving the manhunt.
GamoraNext thereís Gamora, a badass green alien played by Zoe Saldana. As the actress explained on the panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the character is a hardcore assassin and possesses great strength, agility and speed. She is an adopted daughter of the evil Thanos Ė who we will discuss in much more detail later Ė but she is able to start a new life for herself with the fighting with the good guys as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
GrootIf you look at this character and think to yourself, "Man, that looks like a walking tree," then you have some very sharp instincts. Groot is an alien of the species Flora colossus, and is the strongest member of the Guardians. He has the ability to change his size and can absorb wood to become even stronger than he is naturally. He also has genius-level intelligence, though itís a bit difficult to find that out given that he only has the ability to say "I am Groot" (probably not the biggest acting challenge for Vin Diesel, who is voicing the character and presumably doing some motion-capture work).
Drax The DestroyerThis mountain of alien muscle is Drax The Destroyer, played by wrestler Dave Bautista. In the comics the character began his life as an ordinary human named Arthur Douglas who saw his entire family killed at the hands of Thanos. Needing somebody to help fight the evil titan, a cosmic energy known as Kronos takes Douglasí spirit and puts it into a powerful alien body. Heís not only incredibly strong, but can also do some serious damage with a knife. He is driven by a powerful need for revenge, which makes him both a great asset as well as a potential liability.
Rocket RaccoonRocket Raccoon may be a lot shorter than his Guardians of the Galaxy teammates, but underestimating him would be a big mistake. Voiced by Bradley Cooper, Rocket is one of a kind, as he was just a normal raccoon before being kidnapped and undergoing experimental medical treatments. As his name implies, he is he is a big fan of explosions and weaponry, and of all the members in the group his closest bond is with Groot.
YonduActor Michael Rooker, who will be portraying Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, has already gone on record saying that the look of his character is going to change considerably from what has previously been drawn in the comics Ė including a giant dorsal fin and a loincloth Ė but what remains a bit of a head-scratcher is how Yonduís personality and backstory are going to change. As part of the Centaurian alien race, he has the ability to empathetically connect with any and all living things, but is also a great hunter and was a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics (before Star-Lord, Gamora and the rest came around). Rooker has been working with James Gunn for years, and we only hope for more great things out of their collaboration.
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