‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Promo Images; Michael Rooker Calls Film a ‘Beautiful Shoot’

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The first two installments in “Phase 2″ of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World – were fun diversions, but there’s an argument to be made that 2013 was an overall middling year for Marvel Studios, creatively speaking. However, as was mentioned on the latest Screen Rant Underground Podcast, 2014 could be another story altogether, with two potential game-changers arriving: the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier this spring and then a new IP in the (peculiar) shape of Guardians of the Galaxy this summer.

Besides the distinction of counting a talking tree and raccoon with a machine gun among its leads, Guardians is the story of a team of intergalactic anti-heroes-turned fighters for justice that’s pretty out there, in terms of everything from the world and characters to the people making the movie (on both sides of the camera). Yet, its most radical element may be the message for the moviegoing masses in these disillusioned times – that caring about others and not being cynical and/or completely self-involved is actually cool.

That sense of family extends beyond what’s onscreen, as Guardians co-writer and director James Gunn brought along some trusted collaborators on his first excursion into the world of big-budget superhero filmmaking. That includes composer Tyler Bates, who teamed with Gunn on his previous directorial projects (Slither, Super) – in addition to having provided music for the Zack Snyder comic book movies 300 and Watchmen – as well as Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker, who is also no stranger to Gunn’s off-kilter brand of cinema.

Michael Rooker in The Walking Dead Guardians of the Galaxy Promo Images; Michael Rooker Calls Film a Beautiful Shoot

Rooker hasn’t been hesitant to sing Gunn’s praises or express his excitement about the potential Guardians of the Galaxy franchise before now, and that didn’t change in a recent interview he conducted on the Unrendered Podcast (via Comic Book.com). When asked what Guardians has to offer moviegoers, Rooker answered:

“Lovely, beautiful colors. What do you expect? It is a superhero movie. And I hope that you see it, and you’re going to be going ‘I’m going to see this again.’ That’s what I hope… It was a beautiful shoot. James Gunn was an awesome, awesome director to work with again. I’ve worked with him before in the past, and it was great to get to do it again.”

As eccentric and outlandish as the Guardians mythos and characters may be, that’s also part of the appeal; with a cast that includes two green-skinned aliens – Hulk-like Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and deadly huntress Gamora (Zoe Saldana) – a genetically-engineered talking raccoon and humanoid tree (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively), along with other extraterrestrials, it seems fair to say that Guardians will be Marvel Studios’ most colorful film – visually and thematically – released to date, as Rooker pointed out.

Case in point? Check out the first promotional images and merchandise for Guardians (via Comic Book Resources), featuring the titular crew of outer space miscreants:


Of course, it’s for the same reasons that most of the Screen Rant crew (and larger comic book fan community in general) are looking forward to Guardians that the film is a risky investment for Marvel.

Fact of the matter is, while some people are going to look at a cup and/or thermostat that has Rocket Raccoon on it and get excited, others will roll their eyes based solely on principle – and, admittedly, not without any justifiable reason either, since Guardians could (in the worst-case scenario) turn out to be an imaginative, yet soulless and charmlessly campy space adventure, if things go wrong. However, we’ll keep hoping for the best, until proven otherwise.


Marvel Studios will release Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters on April 4th, 2014, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31st 2015, and unannounced films on May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017.

Source: Unrendered Podcast [via ComicBook.com], Comic Book Resources

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  1. What I’d like to know is how much time we’re gonna get to see Starlord actually wearing the mask. Of course they can’t cover up Chris Pratt’s beautiful mug for the whole film, we may forget that’s he’s even in there! But I’d certainly like to see him wearing it more often than Thor and his helmet.

    • What disturbs me is they keep showing him without his helmet. The mask w/o the helmet is nothing.

  2. Reminds me of being a kid and having a metal “The Black Hole” lunch box and a “Star Wars” flask. And I always remember the toffee flavoured “Return of the Jedi” yoghurts. They were cool with ace artwork on them.


  3. What is the Star-Lord holding in his hand in the middle picture? It’s round so it’s not a “certain cube”.

    • the world chico

    • It’s one of the Infinity Stones that will be introduced in GotG and serves as the MacGuffin for the movie… or so has been said.

      • It appears to be the ‘space gem’ as it is purplish/bluish and it would fit the best for this film. I say eff yeah!

        • It’s most likely the Time Stone. Not the world, or the Space Stone, which is the Tesseract.

        • It looks a lot like the orbs that the Asgardians released into the air during Thor: TDW.

          Which in the context of the scene I’m talking about would make me think it is the Soul Stone.

          I love speculation. :D

          • You might be right. The Guardians have dealt with the Soul Gem on numerous times, due to Adam Warlock once being on the team.

      • Ah, you say they are serving Egg McMuffins with this movie…well, now maybe you are talking something that would make it worth going to see!!

  4. i’m not a fan of Gaurdians but this is looking dope

  5. Can’t wait to see this movie! And the same with cap 2.

  6. Drax isn’t an alien. He’s from Earth.

    • Well born and killed on Earth. Resurrected on Titan. It’s complicated. Great article nonetheless.

    • There prob gonna change the whole “killed and reborn thing” and jjst have him be a alien who’s family was killed by Thanos.

      • That or killed by the Ultimate version of Ronan.

  7. A team of miscreants who come together to seek justice…

    Aka Leverage:In Space

    Sometimes bad genetically engineered raccoons make the best good guys…

  8. This movie is gonna rock. Cross between Buck Rogers and Farscape.

    *KAPOW* “Just murdered you!” – Rocket

  9. I cant wait for this movie! It is by far my most anticipated film of 2014, Im dying to see a trailer for it and im hoping the GOTG get introduced to the world during the Super Bowl! That is the perfect place to show them off.

    I also like the art of Star Lord in the top image MUCH better than his movie look! I wish they would have kept that look.

    • For them to air a teaser during Super Bowl would be the most logical thing. Plus Disney has made more than enough money from Marvel Studios to afford a commercial, during the prime time spots for Super Bowl. I have my fingers crossed too!

      • Disney needs to be smart with how they market the film, because outside of star wars and star trek there arent that many popular space adventure films. WB tried to pass Green lantern as a solution to star wars but failed. I doubt this movie will bomb but it still has the potential to be anothr superman returns and bring little profit. Then again i never expected Lone Ranger to flop.

  10. I just hope Rocket Raccoon won’t be made into the comic relief of the film.

    • Its a talking, gun-toting racoon. Enough said.

    • What i hope is that he isnt some jar jar knock off, and instead the next best cgi character since, Smaug, Golemn and other characters people on this site can name.

  11. The merch. shows Rocket Raccoon with a metal on his head…

  12. I tried reading this comic book but I just couldn’t get past the tree and the raccoon. Too much like a result of a bad LSD trip. I hope the movie does it justice.

  13. High hopes for this movie!