Comic-Con 2013: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Casting Confirmations & Footage

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 21st, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

New Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Logo Comic Con 2013: Guardians of the Galaxy Casting Confirmations & Footage

After noteworthy presentations from Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox gave fans years worth of future DC Comics and Marvel movie excitement, Disney’s Marvel Studios rounded out the biggest day of comic book movie related content and announcements in the history of Comic-Con with a mind-blowing panel of their own.

After Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier each had new footage debut, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said that – despite Guardians of the Galaxy have only begun shooting – they wanted attendees to meet them.

The entire cast – minus unannounced voice talent for Rocket Raccoon and Groot – came on stage, and actors had their rumored names confirmed, with an added surprise of Djimon Hounsou playing a character named Korath, a character with the ability to hunt down people.

For the record, Benicio Del Toro is playing The Collector, Lee Pace is playing Ronan, Karen Gillan is playing Nebula (and shaved her head for it) and Michael Rooker is playing Yondu as initially reported. As for the leads, this is what they look like (compare them with last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy concept art):

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Production Art 570x370 Comic Con 2013: Guardians of the Galaxy Casting Confirmations & Footage

The footage begins with a wide shot of dark, alien world, with greenish-blue aesthetic. There’s a large structure, with walls and it seems to be some sort of temple that a hooded figure enters. From the interior shot we see it’s Peter Quill with his reddish brown trench coat as depicted in the image above. He’s entered to seemingly steal some artifact and just as he does, three mysterious figures also enter the structure with rifles.

They’re lead by Korath and aim to arrest him by first asking Quill to identify himself. Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill says “Star-Lord” and Hounsou’s alien pursuer Korath looks confused and says “who?” The tone is very different from the get-go than any other Marvel Studios production to date and very funny.

We then see a shot of what may be Quill’s wrist, with some sort of device on his arm and we’re now in prison on what’s likely a space station. The majority of the video is to introduce fans to the characters since the Guardians of the Galaxy comic is very obscure and entirely unrecognizable to the mainstream theater-going demographic..

We see hologram readouts on the the film’s five main characters and there’s a voiceover by John C. Reilly’s Rhomann Dey, a Nova Corps prison guard, describing each:

  • Drax the Destroyer – speaks for itself. He’s covered in red tattoos, and his skin appears to be flaking off in some parts. We didn’t see him with the armored-skin look or a vest like in the original concept art.
  • Gamora – a deadly assassin. She’s a brighter green and her eyes are much lighter. She stares ahead with a snarky grin on her face, clearly fearless.
  • Rocket Raccoon  – has over 50 charges for theft and prison escapes. When it jumped from Gamora to Rocket on the line-up, it was very evident how short he is, but not as evident as his attitude when he spits on the ground.
  • Groot – a plant. He’s so tall, he slowly leans to the right and gets his head in the frame.
  • And “Star-Lord” who looks lost and comedically out of place.

Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art 570x248 Comic Con 2013: Guardians of the Galaxy Casting Confirmations & Footage

We get another shot of Dey and we see he’s discussing this with another Nova Corps guard who asks “who calls him Star-Lord” and Dey says that’s just what he calls himself. The personality of each character is hilarious and comes through, even with there being no dialogue in the footage from anyone outside of Chris Pratt, Djimon Hounsou and the Nova guards.

Next we’re seeing Quill, handcuffed, being escorted through a part of the prison and he hears “Hooked On A Feeling” music playing in the background realizing it’s from his walkman. Some large alien is putting on the headphones and listening curiously and Quill repeatedly demands that he stop. For some reason, this really upsets him and he breaks off the line and begins charging the larger alien leading to a confrontation where guards put him down.

This moves into a sizzle reel of action bits, featuring physical moments and close-ups on the Guardians and a load of other varied aliens. The most notable highlights were Star-Lord’s mask – which is the same from the early artwork, him dual-wielding pistols, Gamora kicking ass, a cool looking spaceship leaving the atmosphere of some planet (possibly Xandar), and an angry Rocket Raccoon firing his gun while possibly riding on Groot’s shoulder.

We also get another shot of Quill on the line-up or in a cell as Rhomann Dey and the other guard talk and he’s slowly pretending to crank his hand and give them the middle finger as he apologizes and says he doesn’t know how that machine works. We see Dey explain to the other Nova guard that the five call themselves the “Guardians of the Galaxy” to which the other guard says “what a bunch of a-holes.”

There was a lot of imagery, much of it not even hinted at in the concept art released so far. It was as exciting as it was overwhelming but the footage was effective. It came across as the most comedic movie in Marvel’s library yet. It had James Gunn written all over it and the buzz is definitely getting fans and media unfamiliar with that part of the Marvel Universe – which is most people – interested.

Check out highlights on video:


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I have absolutely no previous experience with Guardians of the Galaxy, but I’m really looking forward to this one! This and all of the other announced films. Maybe I’m easily excited by many things, but it’s a fun life to live.

  2. I watched the entire panel. I’m glad that Rooker got the biggest applause. He is a very talented actor. I like how the cast seemed to have such a good rapport even though they have only filmed for two weeks. I know that a lot of people give Batista a lot of grief for his limited acting ability, I like how he was so humble and self aware when he was talking. I hope that he does a good job.

    • I dunno how limited it is. He had plenty of acting experience being a wrestler. As long as he plays a character that is in his wheel house then he’ll be fine.

  3. Never read a single GOTG either but am pumped for this.

  4. where can we see this footage ?

    • farrr from now probably :/

  5. This will be the best Marvel movie yet… sounds like they perfected everyone already!

    • I think I’m with you man I’ll admit I was shocked and nervous when I heard about the movie coming out (and got more nervous when I heard about a talkin Racoon lol) but what I have realized is that a movie like this requires the right talent along with the right people who really just want to tell a great story and I think they got that with this one. GotG all the way!!!

      • Put a +11 on that Conor and FILTHpig.

  6. Can’t say I’m happy about some notable missing characters like Adam Warlock and Quasar or who is playing Drax after seeing “The Man with Iron Fists”.

    Also hope that isn’t what Star-Lord is going to dress like……Normal dude in a red trench coat? What is this X-Men revisited?

    After seeing IM3 I am having some serious doubts about the direction Marvel appears to be taking with its own source material.

    • Thanos isn’t featured as the main lead in Avengers 2. Therefore it is way too early to introduce Adam Warlock in Phase 2. He will be needed in Phase 3 however.

      • If this is a stand alone movie then there won’t necessarily be any ties to Thanos or the Avengers (There should but if they do use Thanos then people might wonder why there aren’t gonna be in any crossovers)

    • They did mention that Star Lords mask was in that montage of images in the comic con footage, Plus I think they will want to establish that there is a human behind the mask first! BUT I just hope he don’t wear the mask for the last 20min. of the movie! Like in the final battle scene or something, I really hope they don’t waste an hour and 20 on telling an origin story and the last half hour is when they are FINALLY The GOTG!!

      do it like MOS (KIND OF) have MOST of the film them being the Guardians and NOT just a rag tag bunch of things most of the film to finally get all on the same page at the very end!!
      Kevin Feige already said that this is a standalone film, so we may never get a sequel if it is not a huge success, I really hope we get a full story so that we don’t need a sequel!! BUT I HOPE THAT IT DOES GREAT SO THAT WE GET A SEQUEL..

    • I agree. At least Warlock should be in this movie, since he was a main focus of the 2008 run and he owned the early 90’s, especially his relationship with Thanos. Maybe he will still be introduced though, so we must wait and see. Then Phase 3 will be Warlock & the Infinity Watch.

  7. My extremely long post on page 1 is still awaiting for a Mod’s Approval so I’m just gonna say this, all the official news on Guardians of the Galaxy is too perfect!! I’m so excited for this movie!! Thank you Screenrant for this report, it was by far a better report than other sites… even the Marvel Official Site.

  8. I liked the way RR looked in last years concept art better, He looks like he and Chris Pratt worked out with that personal trainer together!!

    But seriously last years art looked (at least for RR) a lot better, I think RR needs to get back on the Hot Dog and pizza diet! I can tell you the Raccoons that go thru my garbage are a lot thinker than RR, but RR may be a little tougher than my coons…:)

    • I agree that RR needs to not be so “lean” and be a bit on the thicker side.

      This version looks WAY too much like a small human with some fur and a raccoons head. Its a freakin’ RACCOON.

  9. Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Pursuer. Interesting.

  10. These are like the Sharknado Avengers, what an oddball kooky bunch. This will be genius or epic fail. I hope it rocks.

  11. I thought the logo had some interesting textures, turns out it was a bunch of tiny feathers from my doona. Anyhoo, this looks like it’ll be amazing .. For some reason it makes me think of The Last Starfighter that I saw as a kid. Ive never seen it since and i have crazy surreal memories of it .. strange, semi horrifying, hilarious scenes and characters.. ah was prob a cruddy movie, but I’m loving that I dont know much about GOTG and the movies just gunna drop me into the weirdness.

  12. I dunno why it took me so long to realize this… But should I be worried that James Gunn is helming this? From such films as Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo 2..

    • Yeah, um…..perhaps “cautiously optimistic”?

    • No.

  13. super distracted with Lee Pace’s hair but overall super duper excited for this! And Karen!! Your beautiful hair! Agh! I’m just going to make a lot of noise over here while I wait to see that footage!

  14. I really hope Nova is in this movie.