After months of being drip-fed clips and teasers for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s safe to say that most of us have now been convinced to check it out in theaters next month. That doesn’t mean that Marvel is ready to let up on the marketing just yet, however, so this week we’ve already enjoyed some new TV trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy, along with some characters posters for Yondu and the Nova Corps.
The Guardians have been shown wearing at least two different sets of uniforms in the trailers: their yellow prison clothes, and the maroon leather get-ups that seem to be based on the outfits worn by Peter Quill’s outlaw gang, the Ravagers. One Guardian who gets away without wearing any clothes at all (possibly because there aren’t any that fit him) is Rocket Raccoon’s partner in crime, Groot: an eight foot tall walking tree whose dialogue consists solely of saying “I am Groot” with different inflections.
This means Groot is very good at introducing himself to new people, which is exactly what he does in a new “Meet Groot” TV trailer. The giant naked walking tree voiced by Vin Diesel is shown engaging in witty (mostly one-sided) banter with the other Guardians of the Galaxy, and also showing off his tougher side as he delivers beat downs on the bad guys. Remember, kids: don’t drink fountain water.
Another character in the spotlight this week is Peter Jason Quill AKA Star-Lord, who seems to be the unofficial leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord doesn’t exactly come from a heroic background, having being plucked from Earth at a young age by his surrogate father, Yondu, and raised in a life of thievery and thuggery. As Chris Pratt explains in a new featurette about Star-Lord, the character’s arc is all about discovering that “there’s more to life than just taking exactly what you want.”
Getting a mismatched group of killers and thieves to work together for the greater good isn’t the easiest of tasks, but luckily both Gamora and Drax have personal grudges against the movie’s antagonist, Ronan the Accuser, and their quest for vengeance dovetails neatly with saving billions of lives. Rocket seems to be pretty skeptical of the whole thing, and Groot… well, Groot is Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters on August 1st, 2014.