Ignore Iron Man and cold-shoulder Cap; Guardians Of The Galaxy is the next Marvel movie to really get excited about
L-R: Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Groot, Drax the Destroyer
We’re now into the sixth year of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s probably safe to say it’s been a bit of a success so far. Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, there have been eight films and box office takings of over five and a half billion dollars. They’ve spent just over one and a quarter billion making them. Holy crap.
With bankable characters like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor raking in the profits, as well as the hugely successful ensemble Avengers movie, it’s pleasing to see that Marvel Studios are willing to take a few risks on some lesser-known properties. The soonest of those that will reach our screens, after this April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is Guardians Of The Galaxy. Who? Yeah, not exactly well known for sure, outside of die-hard fans, and so plunging a hundred million dollars into it is potentially risky biz.
We’re pretty excited though. More excited than the current crop of sequels and threequels that has pervaded Phase Two of the MCU project (good as they have been).
It takes the action firmly away from earth and the rest of the characters with whom we’ve become so familiar – which in itself is bold – and follows a space-faring team of adventurers including a wise-talking raccoon and Marvel’s version of an Ent from The Lord Of The Rings.
As far as casting goes, it’s been pretty astute Vin Diesel – playing said treeman Groot – is the biggest bankable name, but Bradley Cooper voices Rocket Raccoon, and the other guardians include Chris Pratt as the leader (and only human), Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana, and pro-WWE wrestler and actor Dave Bautista.
We’ve also got a supporting cast that features the likes of Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Twilight), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Push), Glenn Close (Damages), John C. Reilly (Magnolia, Step Brothers), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Slither), and Benicio Del Toro (Savages, The Wolfman) as a variety of colourful and vibrant characters.
It’s just a bit different from all the superpowers and the like, you know?
There has been a lot of buzz about the film for a while, and it looks like it could be really good – and now (he gets to the thrust of the article, finally) the very first official trailer has aired. Check it out:
Quigs will be handling a bit more of an in-depth look into it soon, but from initial impressions, it’s looks really good. I’ve seen some mixed reactions online, and whilst some seem to dislike the more humourous tone the film seems to be taking, I don’t see it being one big goofy joke-fest.
The main focus is on introducing the Guardians themselves, but Star-Lord in particular. He seems to be a bit of a rogue, and extremely protective of his stuff – a segment that provides a masterful segue from scream of pain into B. J. Thomas‘ 80s classic “Hooked On A Feeling“.
Guardians Of The Galaxy will be released August 1st. Be sure to tell us what you think of the trailer in the comments!