[UPDATE! Since Marvel can’t seem to quit with the Guardians spam (not that we’re complaining) you’ll find the film’s first official poster below the cut.]
Hot on the heels of the first full trailer come these quick peeks at the crazies who make up James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. Throughout the day Marvel will be dropping these short videos introducing us to each of the Guardians and we’ll continue to update this post with each one as they’re released.
Pretty swanky looking, right? I just love that tagline. And no, thank you, Marvel.
[Our original article continues below.]
First up, Rocket Racooon (Bradley Cooper), who we finally get to hear speak! (If only for a second.)
Director James Gunn had this to say about Cooper’s voice work for Rocket:
We’ve recorded most of Bradley’s dialogue already. I suppose you would expect me to tell you he’s fantastic and his characterisation of Rocket will blow your mind – so don’t believe me and just wait to see (or hear) it for yourself. In all truth, we hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films – and to truly sell Rocket – for you to believe a Raccoon can talk (and blow up and shoot tons of stuff) we need a well-rounded actor.
After giving the video a watch, does Cooper deliver in your opinion? Yeah, I know. It’s short as hell, but we do have a little better idea about the character and the voice behind the microphone.
Next it’s Rocket’s bed bud, Groot (Vin Diesel).
Gunn on Groot:
“I love Groot so much I get teary eyed when I think of him sometimes. Essentially, all the Guardians start out the movie as bastards – except Groot. He’s an innocent. He’s a hundred percent deadly and a hundred percent sweet. He’s caught up in Rocket’s life, really.”
No talking for Groot, unfortunately, but I imagine he’ll sound pretty much like Vin Diesel. At least what Diesel sounds like when he says, “Grooooot” in those soothing tones of his.
Drax, played by Dave Bautista, who admits he basically is Drax. Would you doubt him?
According to Gunn, Drax’s makeup took about six hours, while our next Guardian, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), had it easier with only a four hour makeup job.
Gunn on Saldana as Gamora:
“Zoe is about as un-intimidating as you can imagine! She gets in the zone the moment that cameras start filming – but before that she’s basically her loud, brash, completely lovable and goofball self. Zoe and Karen [Gillan] are the two most hardass characters in the movie – they’re our Clint Eastwoods. It should take more than a few people by surprise.”
Can we talk about how incredible their fights will be? Sci-fi smackdown! Lt. Uhura vs Amy Pond!
Last but not least, Star-Lord, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
I’m betting it’ll be Pratt who hast the standout performance in Guardians. Could we see Pratt become to the next RDJ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
And now that the whole team has been introduced, which character are you most excited to see come to life on the big screen?
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1st, 2014.