‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Magazine Covers & Early Footage Reaction

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When it comes to the business of guarding galaxies, who could be better suited to the job than a thief, an assassin, a maniac, a walking tree and a talking raccoon? No one, that’s who, and this summer Marvel Studios will unleash the Guardians of the Galaxy upon audiences in what might be the strangest offering from the studio so far.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be the first Marvel movie to take place almost entirely away from Earth (save for flashbacks to Peter Quill’s escape from the planet), and as such represents a significant expansion of the universe that’s been established in the Marvel movies so far. Unlike Marvel’s first staggeringly successful team-up movie, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy can’t rely on familiar faces like Iron Man or Captain America, but instead must convince audiences to fall in love with a whole new team of characters.

Accompanied by the caption, “Marvel blasts into space,” the latest issue of Empire offers a new look at these characters – Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) – in one of two cover images tailored to the movie. The other cover shows off some of the movie’s bad guys: Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou).

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Guardians of the Galaxy Empire cover Guardians of the Galaxy Magazine Covers & Early Footage Reaction

A lucky audience got to see a whole lot more than just promotional stills at a preview screening of Guardians of the Galaxy in Barcelona last week. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige screened several extended clips from the movie, and Total Film has provided a detailed description of what was shown as well as impressions of the footage. Here’s a spoiler-free version of Total Film‘s impressions.

“Guardians Of The Galaxy has its feet firmly plonked on the ground, thanks in no small part to its likeable, ragtag team of central characters…  Rocket was something of a standout, with Cooper adopting a not-hugely-recognisable drawl for the cute-but-deadly trouble-maker… We didn’t see enough of [Michael] Rooker’s performance to get a true sense of the character, but he looked awesome, with bright blue skin and a red mohawk.

“The choreography of the [prison] sequence was impressive, not only in how it juggled the roles of the Guardians, but also the innovative action itself… and the ever-present humour.

“As impressive as the action was – think the dusty, weathered sci-fi reality of Firefly on a much bigger scale – it’s actually this bunch of characters we’re excited to spend more time with. Just as Iron Man’s secret weapon was having a hero who was more interesting outside of the suit, Guardians promises characters that you’ll be invested in before the explosions start. Roll on summer.”

The promise of a Firefly-esque universe and tone will likely be of great interest to fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi show, especially since Nathan Fillion was recently confirmed as having a small cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy. According to Total Film, Feige said that the use of humor in Guardians of the Galaxy was designed to pull in audiences who might otherwise have turned up their noses at genre fare. With the release just a few weeks away, we won’t have to wait long to find out if this worked.


Guardians of the Galaxy opens in U.S. theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Empire, Total Film

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  1. this is going to flop…too chessy..

    • I love how posts like this come out, where someone that has actually seen the movie has very positive things to say about it, but someone always charges in to assert that their opinion is somehow more informed and reliable than the source (in this case, Total Film).

      Thanks rolan.

      • no…no, you haven’t seen it yet… the proof is you don’t love it…

        • I can see that but every comic book movie has that “been there done that” feeling. Even the great Dark Knight trilogy had that. The thing about it though is if the movie is done right to make the crowd overlook that “been there done that” feel.

        • Ohhh. I see where you’re going with this now.

          Cool story. Have fun.

        • Where did you see it? When? All we have is your word, and the Internet is, if nothing else, a place for trolls to spread baseless claims behind a veil of anonymity. Get outta here.

          The proof you haven’t seen it is that you won’t present any evidence to support what you said and insult me instead.

          • I ‘remenber’ it well, and you’ve left me nothing to envy. By not addressing my question and bandying insults, you’ve proved my point in hilarious fashion. Anyways…

          • Rolan, what’s the after credits scene.

            • People who attend advance screenings aren’t allowed to post spoilers on the internet…

          • Early screenings come in the week or so before the actual release. Early reviews for actual reviewers come in the month or so, maybe about now. But anyone who is brought into those is much more professional than to post greasy comments with excessive uses of ellipses (an attempt to seem more mysterious and knowing, perhaps?) on a movie rumor and news page with a generic un-capitalized username.

            I hereby declare you officially debunk’d and exiled, rolan! Begone, for you are not welcome here.

            • Sorry, but Metallica actually said ‘Sad but True.’ If you’re going to make a reference, you should probably get it right.

            • fail quote is failing!

          • sorry man someone smacked you in the head and made you watch ICE PIRATES. I’m so sorry. Maybe seek psychiatric help. I know I wanted to off myself after watching that travesty…

            • Sad but Truth!!! Rolan rolan rolan, keep these comebacks rolling.

          • I’m a real critic and know that it’ll be weeks before any early screenings. You’re lying.

        • ZZzzzzz… Wha-what’s going on? Oh, yeah you’re right Guardians of Galaxy IS going to rock!

      • Not sure what you saw rolan but for sure not the same GOTG as I did or the rest of us in the Theater !

        Movie is great and really fantastic,and I am not a Marvel fanboy or comic reader !
        Just love good Movies and know when I see one !

        Could be the Star Wars of our Generation !

        • star wars hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah you are comparing this with star wars the prequels maybe and by the way// they dont show that in press release..(post creditscenes)

          • Way to run away to another part of the comments, little boy. Face your accusers up there or get lost.

            • What? ios claimed to have seen an advance screening, just like rolan. Why aren’t you guys bashing him and demanding proof of his claims?

              P.S. That was a rhetorical question. We all know you guys are only going after rolan because his view of the film was negative.

              • It’s actually his caustic and arrogant attitude. If he voiced his dissent with a civil tongue I’d be happy to argue the film’s merits with him in earnest. His adolescent comments, however, make me doubt his story and lead me to think he’s merely trolling.

                I personally thought the film was a mixed bag, so I’m not sure you can accuse me of fanatic motives.

                • nothing in this world is more funny that looking a person trying to sound smart when he is not…. is like watching a chicken trying to fly so sad

                  • Says the person who’s vernacular verges on Homo erectus…

                  • Just because someone disagrees with you does not make them any less intelligent then you, rolan…

                    However, not being able to capitalize, use periods, or comma’s would be a good indicator of YOUR intelligence.

                  • Parents:
                    And this is what happens when your children aren’t monitored on the internet…

                • “I personally thought the film was a mixed bag,”

                  How do we know you even saw the movie? Prove it.

                  • Way to totally miss the substance of my comment.

                  • No need to direct insults at me. Just prove that you were at the advance screening.

                  • He doesn’t need to prove anything.

                    And they are not ragging on rolan for his opinion, they are ragging on him for his attitude.

                  • If that’s what you take as insult you should probably get off the internet, for the sake of your psyche. I don’t care if Stephen was at the screening or not, he’s calling out a troll and that’s good by me. Why you would elect to take up rolan’s cause, of all the causes in this world you have to choose from, is quite beyond me.

                  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Stephen demanded proof of anything from rolan (in fact, he seemed to accept that he was at the screening), that was other commenters farther up the chain. Not sure how you missed that, mate.

                  • @Mike

                    Stephen told rolan to “face his accusers up there”. He was demanding that rolan respond to all the people calling him a liar.


                    Just holding Stephen to the same standards that he wants to hold everyone else to. I gave him the opportunity to provide evidence for his claims but instead he just insults me and evades my questions. I don’t know why you would elect to take up Stephen’s cause, of all the causes in the world you have to choose from.

                  • @Ragnar

                    Again, I really don’t know how you can find anything he said insulting to you. Insulting to rolan, perhaps, but not to you. And in fairness to all the commenters on a range of recent Marvel-related articles, rolan has been far more insulting to them so he got what was coming to him. You can’t possibly make the case that his remarks have been constructive or in the spirit of healthy discussion.

                    You yourself said yesterday that advance reviewers aren’t permitted to post spoilers, so your demands for proof must be rhetorical.

                    The only cause I’m taking up here is civil conversation, within which trolling cannot be included.

              • It might be his overall attitude and preemptive judgement of what “the fan boys” think. The guy’s a jerk and he can’t seem to communicate to boot.

    • I have no idea what it will do, but it will be interesting to see the outcome considering, like the article states, the average movie-goer has no idea who/what these characters and this story is about.

      If it flops, will Marvel change strategies and focus on the proven/bankable characters or just keep pushing ahead? Would a flop concern them in regards to ‘Ant-Man’?

      • im so excited to see this movie, right now the budget is unknown but its safe to say its between 150 to 200 million, i think it will make its money back just in the foreign box offices alone and in the US i see it doing about 300 to 400 million…i mean its marvel, whether people know the characters or not its still a marvel movie and that alone will put people in the theatres and it gives people something different than the same marvel super heroes there use too…its not gonna be nowhere near iron man 3 but i think the studio is expecting it to get to atleast 600 million with thor 2 and captain america TWS both did over 600 million but if it can make a good 100 to 150 million overseeas and do 3 to 4 million here thats still major profits

        • I think it should do okay. It won’t pulling huge numbers but should do okay enough to pull in a profit. The good thing about Marvel is that they don’t care if it doesn’t reach a certain mark because it’s still moving forward as planned. I see maybe around 90-125 domestically and with 150-300 overseas. I see this movie going in the route of Pacific Rim in which it probably won’t do well in the US but will bring in huge numbers overseas.

          • other than on movie websites like screenrant, IMDB, Cinemablend etc, i feel like i havent seen many commercials or promos for it and here it is suppose to be one of the biggest movie odf the summer and its not doing very much advertising…its popular on facebook but i feel like they should do a better job promoting it

          • Except that its one of the few movies a lot of the non comic fans I’ve heard actually talking about this summer. I’ve got friends who haven’t been to the theater in a few years who are excited to go watch this. I’ve got a lot of whovian friends (sorry they are still in recovery) excited to see Karen G bald.

    • Also, what’s “too chessy”? You mean like Searching For Bobby Fischer?

      • i see what you did there! 😉

      • more like One Night in Bangkok…

    • I said the same thing when I saw the very first trailer for Firefly… c’mon, right? Cowboy pirates in space who talk Mandarin? Zombies and psychics? So over the top… how could a show possibly last?…

      …aww, now I made myself sad :(

      • Ah crap! There I go again….. :(

    • great point how this movie will flop for being to cheesy. Because Marvel has a reputation for putting out Flops the past 8 years right?

      back under your bridge troll….go on…..get.


      If you look at any DC related articles here, you’d realize this is a DC fanboy/girl trying to get off trolling you…AND IT’S WORKING.

      • Now you’ve ruined it. You fail.

    • chessy isnt even a real word.

    • Chessy is a board game…well, sort of. You mean cheesy….!

      I think this movie is a coin toss between good and bad…we will see after I have watched it. However, the pic of Ronan looks kind of like The Undertaker from WWE Wrestling.

  2. Cool!

    Empire has a Jupiter Ascending exclusive!

    • AaaaaahHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • “For cinema to remain relevant, you really need to not make every film seem like it’s Transformers 18 and to try to make things that are a little bit different.”

        – James Gunn, discussing the latest Avengers spinoff

  3. I had a chance to see a movie before it released once (TMNT). I hated the movie, but knew if I said I liked it there was a chance I could see a caption of my reaction if I lauded it. I said something like knock your socks off fun. They didn’t run with that quote unfortunately…

  4. I have a problem with the way Drax looks, in the comic I read he looked like a “hulking alien” but in this it looks like they just painted a a big human. I’m still looking forward to this and I hope it does well but the look of Drax just irks me a little.

    • Psssstt.. Drax IS a human. Resurrected as a killing machine, but still, he was a dude with a family and normal job.

      • What!!! No way!! Get out of here.

        • Here is a snippet from Wikipedia

          [!! SPOILERS BELOW !!]

          Arthur Douglas was a human whose family was attacked and killed by the supervillain Thanos. Needing a champion to combat Thanos, the being known as Kronos took Arthur’s spirit and placed it in a powerful new body, and Drax the Destroyer was born. Drax’s powers included enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands. The character often battled Thanos, and on occasion the superheroes Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock. He was also a member of the group known as the Infinity Watch.

    • Huh! Drax looks fine! The Drax you are talking about is probably king Drax with power gem, which has a different appearance than current Drax. Only thing about Drax that irks me is overly done tattoo & Batista’s dumb expression in the second poster!

    • DB is bigger in this movie than Lou F was when he played The Hulk on tv. he even appears to be bigger than arnold was in Conan. he looks pretty formidable to me.

      • Yep, plus the fact that even standing next to him in real life, the guy was a hulking beast (I also stood next to Dhalip Singh aka The Great Khali too and while he’s over 7 feet tall, he never really gave off the “hulking brute” vibe that 6’6 Bautista does).

        • They should have got Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

  5. Nebula looks awesome. I can’t wait to see her and Gamora go toe to toe.


  6. i have the feeling that this will be even worse than the green lantern flick. at least the green lantern movie tried to be serious but this seems more like a slapstick comedy with some painted guys and cgi puppets.

    • Based on what I have heard from people who went to the early screening it is an okay movie. One DC fan put it as better than GL but not as great as CA:TWS, TDK trilogy, and just as good a MOS(meaning some will like it and some will not)

      • This is one of the most incoherent responses of all time!! For some of use, every comic book movie ever made falls in between GL and CA:TWS. In addition, you can’t just throw out “TDK trilogy as one rating. Even Batman’s biggest fanboy, Kevin Smith, thinks TDKR was junk.

        • Kevin Smith has praised Dark Knight Returns on numerous occasions.

          • The Dark Knight Returns is not a movie 😉

            • I stand by my comment. Smith has praised both the comic book Dark Knight Returns and the movie Dark Knight Rises on several occasions. 😉

              • I think The Dark Knight Rises is a great film too, much better than The Dark Knight was (but not as good as Batman Begins, which to me is the ultimate Batman film thus far).

            • They made an animated movie out of it that Smith saw and he loved it. He also liked the last Nolan film as well (while recognizing its faults). I’m glad we got Kevin Smith’s feelings on this straight. It’s apparently very important.

    • Demir,
      If it’s truly a puppet it would have a hand up It’s @ss… which by definition would technically make yourself a puppet. Weird.

    • GL tried to be serious? Oh THAT’S what the HOT WHEELS race track was… Serious!


  7. Woah, wait, Yondu has a Red Mohawk in the movie after all?

  8. Can’t take my eyes off the Gremlin. When is the Remake ?

    • It’s a reboot, and it’s going to be called, ‘Lil Wayne: The Movie’ starring Lil Wayne as the Gremlin leader.

  9. I think its funny all the comments I read along the line of ” A talking raccoon and tree? This movie is stupid and will fail.”. I guess those same people 37 years ago would have said “A big gorilla? Space ships and magic? This movie is stupid” and never watched Star Wars.

  10. The way Drax and Ronan looks on the cover creeps the hell out of me…

  11. Zoe Saldana is looking damn good as Gamora I wish she had that more lingerie – esque outfit with the skulls and the cloak and the guns

    • Yeah she’s hot and looking hot but I prefer she sticks with her current outfit. If not she may become an unnecessary – irresistible – distraction to the story and other characters. :)

  12. The more I hear about it, the more I can’t wait to see it. Gotta feeling Marvel is going to make its universe even bigger with this new franchise. Make it good guys.

  13. Let’s go!

  14. I didn’t realize it until now why are the nova corps at the kyln? I thought the omega core put away criminals at the kyln.

  15. So this was made into a comedy to get non comic book fans to watch? Is this Spaceballs 2.0? Sorry, STILL can’t get past the talking raccoon and tree.

  16. Please be the lovable mess that Ice Pirates was…only on a grand scale. So much fun to be had in a movie like that!