‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Featurette: Thieves and Bounty Hunters Become Heroes

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Marvel Studios’ latest film release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the ongoing first season of the studio’s ABC TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. deal with the peace-keeping deeds of ordinary government operatives (as well as the super serum-enhanced variety of soldiers) on planet Earth, but later this year Marvel will take a trip to the stars in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The first trailer for Guardians sells Gunn’s comic book adaptation as being a self-aware (and loopier) Star Wars movie, complete with an eclectic roster of (anti-)heroes composed of archetypes that would feel at home in a Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG campaign. A newly-released sneak peek for the film adapts something of a less jokey tone with its pitch. (Well, it’s as serious as a preview that features Rocket Raccoon can get, anyway.)

Said Guardians featurette, which premiered during last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode “Providence”, is mostly a mashup of previously-released trailer shots with behind the scenes footage that was already available online for viewing in still image form. However, between the familiar material and new cast interviews, this preview effectively outlines what makes Gunn’s film a change of pace for Marvel Studios.

guardians galaxy movie preview Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette: Thieves and Bounty Hunters Become Heroes

Saldana’s comment about the Guardians team being “the thieves, the bounty hunters, and the neglected” – combined with Pratt noting that the eponymous characters start out as rather “selfish” – ties into how Gunn has previously described the film’s over-arching narrative: a story about a bunch of criminals who realize that “giving a s**t” is actually a good thing. There’s strong potential in that premise, not least of all because it lends itself to a Marvel Studio release that manages to satisfy as a standalone feature (and not just as part of a larger shared film universe).

That said, Guardians will still very much be interconnected with other Marvel releases, despite taking place in (literally) a different part of outer space. You might recall that Thor: The Dark World‘s mid-credit scene introduced one of the shadier characters in Guardians, while the additional villain types in Gunn’s movie have connections to the big baddie Thanos (who’s expected to emerge fully from the shadows by The Avengers 3).


Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn, having drawn from a script that he wrote based on an earlier draft by Nicole Perlman. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benecio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Look for Guardians of the Galaxy to open in U.S. theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Pants = pooped

  2. Only four months to go. Hang in there, people!

    • But It’s So Hard!

      • Phrasing …

        • Boom!!

          • Guys, we really need to talk about getting phrasing back in the rotation.

            • Are we not doing phrasing anymore? Because if we’re not, I feel like someone should let me know.

              • Rocket goes BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

                4 months /shigh

  3. I’m so ready for this movie. I kind of don’t want to watch any more promo’s/vids just so I can be completely surprised in the theater but it’s soooo hard….

  4. I want trailer #2, Rocket talking, Groot tal…. Well doing what he does!, Ronan, Yondu, and a little more action!!!! PLEEEEEZE

  5. I really want a new trailer but I would like to not watch it so as to be completely surprised when I see it. A battle I will ultimately lose and give in, I am afraid.

    • I know the problem…

    • I feel your pain haha

    • i’m with ya there!

  6. Looks like another generic Marvel action/comedy. In other words it’s Avengers… IN SPAAAAACE!!!

    • Generic action/comedy?

    • Because what movie wants to be the next Avengers??

  7. my body is ready

    • Ready for Colonoscopy ?

  8. Awesome seeing this cast together, they’re very diverse and talented.

  9. I love blue alien chicks…
    & green alien chicks…
    & I h8 to spoil it, but vin diesel is voicing thanos(I hope)…

    • redaction:
      *vin diesel should be voicing thanos(I hope)…

      • If Vin is indeed going to be Thanos, he most likely motion capture as well as doing the voice. And his voice would be perfect FWIW.

        • released a long time ago hes voicing Groot

          • In fact it even says Groot and shows him voicing groot in the video at top of this thread…

            • Hahaha! +1

  10. #Vin4BlackBolt

  11. Its funny, I´ve never read any marvel comics before but after reading about the Mad Titan, the guy in The Avengers post credit scenes, I can hardly wait to see him in action. If he is only half as BAD & MAD as they say he is, then I reckon we will need way more HEROES to take on him, hell you´d need all those that ever belonged to the avengers and the justice league together… sorry.. kind of already got hyped up about Avengers 3 even before the second one comes out.

    • If you wanna read a couple of comics to get to know how sadistic Thanos can be, read “Thanos Rising” it’s only 5 issues. Those issues will keep your hype healthy for Avengers 3 bcuz we do got awhile for that one.

  12. (Singing, while watching GOTG): “It’s the Funny Company, and you can join for free….!”
    (Anyone remember that show from he early 60s? Or am I the only old fart around here?)

    • “he” =”the”…oops.