The trailer for Marvel’s highly anticipated film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” will debut on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday night with a special introduction by star Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in the film, as the late-night talk show attempts to resurrect its failing ratings.
Kimmel’s talk show reportedly is trying to popularize itself among younger viewers now that it has to contend with a new competitor -- Jimmy Fallon’s new “Tonight Show” on NBC, which premiered on Monday -- in the same time slot. Marvel also released three new stills from the film ahead of the trailer premiere via USA Today, which also unveiled details of the plotline.
One of the images shows the entire team including Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, Groot, played by Vin Diesel, Rocket Raccoon played by Bradley Cooper, Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista, and their leader Star-Lord. Another image shows the Milano, the Guardians’ muscle car of a spacecraft flying high over Xandar, the home of the Nova Corps. The last image focuses completely on the Star-Lord.
The film, which is based on the cult comic book and is directed by James Gunn, is expected to explore the grandeur of the Iron Man and Avengers films in an entirely different manner.
“All of a sudden, Arcade Fire becomes incredibly popular: 'I don't know if I like them that much anymore.' I'll happily deal with the cool people not thinking I'm cool anymore and making bigger movies!” Gunn reportedly told USA Today.
Pratt also spoke about his character saying: “Being stuck in space with no accountability makes for a strange combination of youthful vibrancy and cluelessness in a childlike man,” adding: “He does some things that most people wouldn't get away with. But part of his arc is being willing to essentially sacrifice himself for the greater good of other people.”
The actor also promised that the film would be a fresh diversion from the usual superhero movies.
“They know what to expect at every turn. So that's why it's important now to do a comic-book movie that no one's ever seen before,” he explained. "There's a whole lot to this movie - it's not a stage play. You couldn't make Guardians of the Galaxy the play and put it on Broadway. It really wouldn't work."
The trailer will be in theaters on Friday and the film will be released in the U.S. on Aug. 1 in 3D.
Suman Varandani works as a Correspondent for the International Business Times, where she covers Entertainment, Lifestyle, Media & Culture and other trending topics.