Happy Friday, folks! Let’s celebrate by talking about one of the most anticipated films of the summer. We’re getting a bunch of goodies about Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, including a hot new poster, character descriptions and some deep talk about those characters from director James Gunn.
As if you weren’t already wildly excited about this high-flying, action-packed blockbuster.
That poster you see above is the brand new one-sheet for the film. Retaining the same color theme as the first poster, this one has all our heroes looking ready to do battle. With that screaming mouth, you can tell Rocket Raccoon means business. As well, the actors all get their names above the title which is a nice touch by Marvel. Note how the poster reminds you this is from the same studio who graced you with The Avengers. Despite what you might think, Guardians isn’t going to be an easy sell so Marvel will do all that it must (from the release date to the posters to the commercials) to put asses in seats. This is going to be an interesting (and hopefully rewarding) test for the behemoth that is Marvel Studios.
But that’s not the only bit of Guardians goodness we get today. Stitch Kingdom has compiled a list of character descriptions from the film, allowing newcomers to easily figure out who is who before the movie hits. Even an avid Guardians fan like myself could learn a thing or two from the cheat sheet so it’s recommended reading. Go on, we’ll be here after you finish:
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.
Last but certainly not least is the great Digital Spy interview with director James Gunn. Gunn talks about the casting process, including how he thinks Chris Pratt can kick Robert Downey Jr.’s ass, as well as other subjects, such as Rocket Raccoon, nostalgia and which Marvel Easter eggs you can expect in the film.
Here’s a couple key quotes from the short, must-read interview:
Can we expect to see the same kind of twisted humor you’ve previously been known for?
Yeah, I would think so. When I turned in my first draft to Marvel, they were really happy with the screenplay, which of course I was overjoyed with. The only comment that they had is that they just wanted it to be ‘more James Gunn’, and that’s what I did. I said ‘It’s your funeral!’
That’s good news for fans of Slither and Super.
One more from Gunn, about the villains of the film:
You have two or three antagonists, so how does that dynamic work?
The primary antagonist is Ronan, so everybody else he works for or works for him. He is the primary villain, and he is a really twisted guy, he has a really religious bent in this film. He has a very sick and twisted view of what morality is; strength is virtue and weakness is sin and that is what he lives by, and I think he is very scary because of his beliefs, which are real to him.
Lots of Guardians of the Galaxy stuff to dive into this afternoon so have at it. And don’t forget to make your calendar for August 1st, the day the film hits theaters.
Oh, and if you have the time on Monday, May 19th, you can partake in a live Q&A with Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Gunn on the Guardians Facebook page. As luck may have it, that happens to be the same day the brand new trailer drops. The Guardians marketing blitz continues!