Well all heroes have to start somewhere, guys!
The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy sheds more light on the elusive characters taken from the comic book series of the same name. Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill (Chris Pratt) appears to be the uniting force that brings the eponymous guardians together in what appears to be a great time of galactic crisis, for which they all become responsible for the lives of twelve billion people, as pointed by Glenn Close’s white-haired character (although quite how they have acquired this responsibility is left secret).
The trailer does not show how they came to be in prison but it does give glimpses of their apparently action-packed escape – with Rocket (Bradley Cooper) wielding a gun, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) illustrating her acrobatic prowess, as well as coming face-to-face with a mysterious blue-skinned killer (portrayed by Karen Gillan). We are also treated to Rocket’s tree-like accomplice Groot speaking his comic book catchphrase ‘I am Groot’ thanks to the voice-over talents of one Vin Diesel. The more acute observers would also have noticed that the Collector (played by Benicio Del Toro) is back, having been introduced in the puzzling mid-credits sequence of Thor: The Dark World, where he counted the legendary Infinity Stones. It is unclear whether or not this film takes place before or after that scene.
Although there are hints that a romantic plot may take place between Peter and Gamora, I’m hoping that – with this being Marvel Studios – it will be handled like the relationship of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, or at least done in a similarly unconventional manner. I suppose that will all depend on the chemistry between Pratt and Saldana, if they are going that way. It is so bewildering to think that Guardians of the Galaxy, with its alien creatures and huge space battles, takes place well within the same universe and continuity of all of the previous Marvel films.
All in all, this trailer has me more excited than ever to check out this movie when it hits cinemas in August.