Saturday, 22 February 2014

"What a bunch of A-holes!"

Marvel have just released their first trailer and one sheet for James Gunn's (Super) Guardians Of The Galaxy.

With Marvel gambling that less comic book savvy audiences have been primed by the likes of Iron Man and Thor 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 American pilot Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), who finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing a mysterious stolen McGuffin orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace).

Whilst in a prison, he meets an unusual suspects line-up of aliens including deadly green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), hulking warrior Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and gruff warrior Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).

With a walking, talking, gun-toting Raccoon. A tree man. And Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun Of The Dead) working alongside John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), this is the wild world distilled from the Guardians comics by writer/director James Gunn – and it's shaping up to be a whole lot of fun.

The trailer is, for the most part, what was apparently shown at last years Comic Con, with some new footage of Rocket, Groot and the rest, not to mention Pratt channelling his inner Han Solo. Everything gives off the feel of classic science fiction 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.

Guardians Of The Galaxy hits UK cinemas on 1 August.

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