I admit I watched this trailer twice in a row, even though the best parts were in the footage floating around. Finally, a character based “superhero” movie? Is this really a superhero movie? Or an SF comedy adventure? Whatever it is, I’m sold.

The trailer debuted on Jimmy Kimmel and USA today has more details on the plot:

Their stories converge in the space prison Kyln. After the characters break out, they venture to Knowhere (the severed head of a celestial being that serves as a hangout for aliens) and visit the weird menagerie of the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). They also have to avoid two villains, Ronan (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), who are in hot pursuit of Quill’s orb, which has the power to destroy the galaxy.

“There’s a whole lot to this movie — it’s not a stage play,” Pratt says. “You couldn’t make Guardians of the Galaxy the play and put it on Broadway. It really wouldn’t work.”

Guardians opens on August 1…late enough in the summer movie scrum to have the pressure off. The original Guardians was a quirky character piece; keeping that tone is a smart move.
Some new stills as well:





  1. Looks sweet! ….since it’s not so much of a “superhero” film, it may pull in some more sci-fi fans as well…

  2. I hated, hated, hated the Avengers movie and pretty much all the marvel studios films I’ve seen outside of the first Iron Man, but this looks really really awesome. Can’t wait.

  3. I like how the prison guards appear to be Novas going by their chest symbol.

    Wonder if The Mouse will mail Marv Wolfman a check for that or just a photo of the Marvel Studios heads collectively throwing up the middle finger?

  4. This looks like great FUN – and I can’t help but wonder how the folks at “DC Entertainment” (or whatever it’s called) feel about it. If Marvel can make something as inherently risky as THIS work at the box office, then the House of Ideas will be putting their Distinguished Competition even further back in the movie rear-view mirror…

  5. “The original Guardians was a quirky character piece; keeping that tone is a smart move.”

    Yeah, I don’t think you mean “original”. The GOTG may have been quirky but this doesn’t look like it has anything at all to do with Vance Astro and company in tone, content or what have you.

    I’ll salute Marvel for being this bold. Basically no one in the general public has ever read or even heard about this version of the GOTG. Heck, I’d bet the 70s version has better name and image recognition. That trailer also clearly brands it as sci-fi comedy, which is not exactly known for being box office gold. If they can make this work, we’re still a long, long, loooooong way away from the comic book movie era being over.


  6. Making it a comedic sci-if movie is brilliant; Not only does it stick with Marvel’s humor and keep the shared universe feeling but you just pulled in a whole lot of viewers who would pass on a straight sci-if melodrama. Very smart marketing.

  7. My wife, who is indfferent to things science fictiony and superheroey, saw this last night and declared that we had to see it.

    It was a really great trailer, and seems to avoid that common trailer money shot of having something large (i.e. Space ship/helicarrier/etc.) crashing into something else large (e.g. A large building, San Francisco) and ends the trailer with a bunch of people in a line-up yawning, thus immediately signaling that this might be something a little bit quirkier.

  8. I loved , loved , loved the avengers movie and pretty much all the marvel studio films I’ve seen since the first iron man film and this one looks great as well. what I’m seeing is a Giffen, Dematteis, Maguire, justice league vibe (action, adventure, comedy, romance, fun). cool.

  9. Things I really didn’t like: the guy who reads off the names of the GotG (I know he’s popular, but I just don’t find him funny), and the “Hooked on a Feeling” song being included. How many children’s movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Despicable Me and whatever have used the same device? Have a cool main character listen to a song that’s lame to show that he’s really not that cool (or he’s a hipster). Pretty lame. Why didn’t they use “who let the dogs out?” or “the lion sleeps tonight” or “whoop there it is”, etc.

    That said, I will be there to watch it soon after it opens. I’m a sucker for everything else in the trailer, but I’m also a big fan of Bendis’ take on the characters (at least when they don’t use crappy Francavilla art!).

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