The “Guardians of the Galaxy” trailer premiered Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The Marvel movie features a superhero team that’s unlike the familiar names found in “The Avengers,” but the studio hopes fans fall in love with Peter Quill, also known as Star Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the last Marvel Phase Two movie, which began after “The Avengers.” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” will lead up to the “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015.
While other Marvel movies features names many fans are familiar with, “Guardians of the Galaxy” may be the studio's biggest risk to date as the comic and characters are a bit obscure with an offbeat sense of humor.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroy; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon. That’s right, “Guardians” will feature a talking, sentient tree played by Diesel and a wisecracking raccoon with plenty of firepower.
The superhero team was introduced in 1969, according to Marvel, and will introduce more cosmic elements to the proceedings, paving the way for more space-based adventures that will be seen in future Marvel movies leading up to "The Avengers 3." The third installment will likely feature Thanos as the main villain.
According to the official synopsis, “Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits -- Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand -- with the galaxy's fate in the balance.”
The team will face off against Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace), Korath the Pursuer (played by Djimon Hounsou) and Nebula (played by Karen Gillan), but there's one more character that is seen briefly in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trailer, the Collector (played by Benecio Del Toro).
“The Avengers” ended with a quick, but menacing, introduction to Thanos, a member of the Eternals and one of Marvel’s biggest villains. Thanos’ biggest storyline involves courting Death and acquiring the Infinity Stones to create the Infinity Gauntlet, which lets him wield control over Power, Mind, Space, Reality, Time and Soul, notes Badass Digest. The Infinity Stones were also featured in other Marvel movies. Loki had the Mind Stone in "The Avengers;" and the Tesseract, a box of energy; and the Aether, a swirling mass of energy, in "Thor: The Dark World." It's believed Quill was trying to steal one of these in the trailer.
Marvel is likely to introduce the remaining Infinity Stones in its Phase Three slate of movies but the only movie that has been announced is “Ant-Man,” set to be released on July 17, 2015.
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" will feature plenty of humor and won't take itself too seriously, as evidenced by its soundtrack, "Hooked on a Feeling," by 1970s Swedish rock band Blue Swede, that backs the action scenes in the trailer.
You can watch the first teaser below. "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be released on Aug. 1, 2014.
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