Following on from the new pictures yesterday (see bottom of the article), Marvel has punched the Guardians Of The Galaxy marketing campaign up a gear, sending Chris Pratt to US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live with the trailer, which has now arrived online.
With Marvel gambling that less comic book-savvy audiences have been primed by Thor and the rest to accept more out-there concepts, Guardians sends us hurtling into deep space to meet a very different gang of heroes. Well, we say heroes… We’re introduced to Peter Quill (who would rather everyone called him Star-Lord), played by Chris Pratt, taken from Earth at age nine and in possession of a mysterious McGuffin orb. He’s grown up into a cheeky, daring adult who pilots a ship called the Milano.
In a prison, he meets an unusual suspects line-up of aliens including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a green-skinned assassin, Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a hulking warrior, talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and gruff warrior Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper).
Yes, a walking, talking, gun-toting Raccoon. And a tree-man. And Peter Serafinowicz working with John C. Reilly! This is the wild world distilled from the Guardians comics by writer/director James Gunn and is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun.
The trailer is, for the most part, what was shown at Comic-Con last year, with some new footage of Rocket, Groot and the rest and with Pratt channelling his inner Han Solo. Everything gives off the feel of classic sci-fi serials welded to the Marvel sensibility for the requisite thrills and universe-building. It all comes across as big and a little daring and will hopefully live up to all that it promises. We’ll see when Guardians Of The Galaxy hits UK cinemas on August 1.
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People said the same thing about taking Thor seriously alongside a 'grounded' Iron Man but that didn't turn out to be a problem. Besides, it's a bit daft not to be on-board with a gun toting talking raccoon when you have a green rage monster, star-spangled shield guy and a hammer god all in another film. At least you're fine with a walking talking tree.
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This looks like great fun in and of itself, but I am very worried about the impact it will have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. If I see Robert Downey Jr on screen with a CGI racoon in the future, I'm done. Much more excited about Cap 2 I must admit.
ight, but you're perfectly willing to accept a giant green rage monster, a guy in a star-spangled outfit with metallic shield and a norse thunder god with a remote controlled hammer?
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On the strength of that trailer you can count me in. Looks like it doesn't take itself as seriously as some of the other Marvel films which when you've got a gun-toting space raccoon is fairly essential. More