The First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Poster is Awesome [Updated]

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Guardians of the Galaxy Poster Art The First Guardians of the Galaxy Poster is Awesome [Updated]

This week as endured a battle for headlines between Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and earning the most buzz, Guardians of the Galaxy which had its public unveiling this week when its first trailer debuted during Jimmy Kimmel Live. We’ve analyzed the trailer as much as we can and just as we did, Marvel Studios released a set of character introduction videos where the cast briefly discussed their roles in the film.

In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy toy sets, high-res photos, a new film logo, a sneak peek preview, a full-length trailer and our own analysis and video feature, we also have the first first official GOTG poster and it appropriately looks as if it belongs on the cover of a Marvel Comics book.

We got our first artistic rendering of the Guardians of the Galaxy back at Comic-Con 2012 and the following Comic-Con, and updated version which featured new costumes for the roster. More recently, we got the first official photo which that art was based on, giving a good look at how James Gunn and co. adapted the character costumes from Marvel Comics. Little did we know, that they’d be suiting up together in new, matching duds which emphasize the official formation of the Guardians team. That became clear in the official photo released just before the trailer drop.

Those new costumes take center stage in the first official Guardians of the Galaxy poster:

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The team, the costumes, the art style and the Milano ship parked in the background all look great, and fit what we’ve come to expect from the stylish Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation. So, in Screen Rant fashion, let’s break this down.

First, we’ve not seen Drax holding a massive gun like that before. In fact, we’ve only ever see him use his brute strength or his signature daggers. That gun looks as if it belongs to Rocket Raccoon but we’re not complaining. It looks badass.

The more significant highlight is the uniforms themselves. Guardian of the Galaxy may have a lot of background stories to cover in its five main characters, who all share a dark past in some way (except for Groot who’s seemingly innocent), but it’s a team based movie, an origin tale of this cosmic Avengers assembly. They start as a ragtag group of ex-cons who are incarcerated together but at some point in the film, they find a common goal and their paths cross. Whether it’s because of the Nova Corps (think space police force) or some other means, they form an official bond and have the matching uniforms to show for it.

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Readers knowledgeable about GOTG comics history will recognize the emblem/logo on all of these uniforms as being of Spartoi origin and of course, in the comics, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is actually half-Spartoi himself, his father being their leader. We’re thinking that may come to light in the film and through them, they suit up as the team depicted above and in more recent team photo.

Rocket has his obligatory big gun too, and Star-Lord is sporting one of his two blasters, but another key observation is in Gamora’s sword. It’s the same design of a thin, but techy looking sword from unused Thor: The Dark World concept art and it’s one of two swords we know she’ll wield in the film. The other is the infamous “Godslayer” weapon we saw ever so briefly in the trailer (more on that here), an important weapon from the comics that was originally handed down to Gamora by her adopted father Thanos. She eventually lost it but it appears that she’s using it in the trailer to fight Nebula (Karen Gillan) and/or Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

And how can we not mention the “You’re Welcome” tagline at the end. It is amazing in retrospect that this property is actually coming to theaters as a big budget live-action film. But now, Rocket Raccoon is already a center piece of merchandise marketing and everyone online is talking about the film. This is just week one of the Marvel marketing plan for GOTG so expect a busy summer and Comic-Con for the cast, director and marketing team.

Dig the poster? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

[Update. I just had a moment on Twitter thanks to @NobleStribling sending this to us. Behold, the augmented version of the poster. Thank you, internet.]

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Watch: Full Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer


Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Glenn Close.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Sources: Marvel, Total Film

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  1. “Your Welcome”… Awesome. It just goes to show you how much faith they have in this beast!

    • My welcome? What about my welcome? ;-)

      • It is welcome.

        • My welcome is welcome? Well, your welcome is welcome as well. Everyone’s welcome is welcome! :-D

  2. It’s beautiful.

  3. Love It! I’ve read the 2008 relaunch of Guardians of the Galaxy and I just recently bought the first volume of Marvel Now Guardians of the Galaxy and its so good. The movie seems to echo elements from both.

  4. This looks fantastic! I’m so excited for this movie like honestly I’ve never been more excited for this. Somewhere the director of Green Lantern is sobbing haha! Congrats James Gunn and co. You deserve it!

    • I had a similar thought. This looks more like what Green Lantern should have been – just an epic adventure in space. No dumb love interest, no Earth BS, just balls-out space-y goodness.

      • Exactly! The Green Lantern film is hardly a space adventure movie. WB are looking at this film and saying, “Damn. Why can’t we have done this with Green Lantern?”.

        • what’s even sadder is that greg berlanti wrote the story [or something] and look how that turned out, then look at arrow. i guess he got mixed up on the wrong green.

        • Actually, I think the Green lantern movie was pretty decent for a first attempt. Granted, the dorky humor needed to go, for sure. And the script was not great. But overall, not a bad effort. They should have done GL#2, as it was set up for a good run w/Sinestro. Too bad critics who went way beyond what criticisms it may have deserved sunk it, and almost took The Flash with it as well (at least the Flash movie). There is such a thing as being overly and unduly band-wagon critical, and too many people poked it in the eye more than it ever deserved. That is what cost us Season #2 of the sci-fi series, The Event. Good show, needed some work some places, but did not deserve to get cancelled.

      • +1

    • I doubt Martin Campbell cares.

  5. I can’t wait. I’ve been a fan of the book since Vince Astro’s team!

    • Changed the title just for you. I don’t want anyone to get upset or confused over a great piece of art :)

    • You are a total bummer.

  6. The “You’re Welcome” is fantastic. Just proves that they know what they’re doing with this property. They’re not pretending it’s something that it’s not.

  7. Love it!

  8. Youre Welcome

  9. Awesome poster! Looks really great. Is it just me though, or does Chris Pratt look like James Franco on the poster?

  10. Beautiful AND witty. Looking very cool.

  11. Marvel has just been KILLING it with their early promotion of GOTG this week. It’s hard to find someone who isn’t excited for it.

    • I still believe its rather unkown even with the new promotions. Not everyone watched jimmy kimmel and not every theater has recieved this poster. Its early in the marketing campaign but i doubt it will ever be as anticipated as spiderman and xmen, even cap 2. That just means there is a possibility for a sleeper hit. Much like lego is.

      • You’re right, there’s definitely a good chunk of people out there who still aren’t aware of GOTG. I’m more talking about the people who DO know what it is and have seen the trailer. There’s a huge amount of positive buzz going around and Marvel has so far done a good job marketing this movie’s style and personality.

      • Regardless of your points, they have been doing a great job at it! Lots of people watch Jimmy Kimmel, and plenty more (myself included) watched on tuesday because of the trailer premiere. Then today they have released character introduction snippets for each one of the Guardians, and now the poster. Come on, they may still be relatively unknown, but they are doing a great job with marketing. And have you looked at the poster??? WOW, not a poster that’s been used up a million times before, like their huge heads popping everywhere with the actors name with blue and orange colors. Plus, this is just the beginning.

        • I agree, a GREAT job. After the trailer, this poster seals it.

  12. The old blue-orange color scheme again. Is anybody else a little underwhelmed by what they’ve seen so far? I still think this movie will be when Marvel officially nukes the fridge

    • can you give me 3 reasons why you think it will bomb?

    • Point taken about the overuse of blue and orange on movie posters in general, but apart from a couple of sections of the ship in the background, I’m not seeing any orange at all on this one.

  13. Why those cocky sons a … I love it!!

  14. I think the “Your Welcome” isn’t Marvel saying its a great film, I think it refers to the Guardians saying ‘Your Welcome’ after saving the Galaxy. Like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Your Welcome!”
    It would be awesome if they were saying it to the Avengers.

    • Nobody is saying “your welcome” though… :-P

    • I think it’s both. A reference to something in the film, as well as Marvel being super confident in the movie. Love it!

  15. Looks great. The “You’re welcome” makes it that much better. My only gripe is that Drax is too red, and then the red pants make it look worse…not enough green skin. Still looks awesome though!

  16. I really dig the poster. This will definitely get mounted on my wall. Thanks for the great article Screenrant. As always

  17. WB execs take note. This is how you promote a movie about cosmic superheroes.

    Don’t change the original source too drastically & add more humor to the film. No wonder that GL flick bombed so much.

  18. My soul is being tickled with all these Green Lantern references. But it’s true. Marvel is the only studio that knows how to adapt a comic book franchise into a successful movie without changing much. They stay true to the material and just enhance certain elements to make it more enjoyable! YOU’RE WELCOME!

  19. So is this the best Marvel Studios poster released so far or is this the best Marvel Studios poster released so far? I could go on media blackout after seeing this poster now (I won’t, just saying that I could totally do it).

  20. This looks fantastic. I’ll be there.

  21. Great poster!

    They are sticking close to the current (2008-now) source material. The Marvel NOW! run of GotG comics is great, so they don’t need to change much, but I think this group of characters might end up being even more awesome and epic in this on-screen incarnation. If so, I believe there definitely will be a second Guardians movie.

  22. Is it me or is the misspelling of “You’re Welcome”, to “Your Welcome”, by some Screenranters pissing anyone off? STOP!!!!

    • Yes

      My usual joke when someone says “your” when they meant “you’re” is to say “my… ?”
      As in “My welcome? What does that mean?”
      But people don’t get it because they don’t know the difference between “Your” and “You’re” to begin with.

      • Who are these people and why aren’t we shaming them for their stupid mistake? Your English teachers taught you better than that.

        • an its just plane layze wen teh worm is written right in front of there face lol

        • Me fail English ? That’s un-possible.

      • You guys haven’t noticed me poking fun at them? lol

        Like people who say “to” instead of “too” like “It is to hot today!” Or when someone says “add” as short for advertisement instead of “ad” like “I really liked that Budweiser add, it is really creative.” I would usually reply with “Yep, so much better than that Budweiser subtract, but the Budweiser multiply is definitely the best.” And it seems nobody gets it… lol. I guess I was the only one awake during my English class. :-D

  23. Let’s face it it’s a kids movie.

    • how so? i mean you could say that for a majority of superhero films (kids love superheroes), so what’s your point?

  24. Very nice. Makes a pleasant change from the standard action poses/floating heads/poorly-Photoshopped background of indeterminate nature. Almost like an old-style SF book cover by Bruce Pennington or someone similar.

    • I completely agree; it looks like a sci-fi novel cover :)

  25. This has become my most wanted movie to watch in 3-D! The trailer and now this Epic movie poster ‘ Your Welcome,’ indeed!

    • Indeed my welcome? Or were you talking to someone else. Whose welcome?? I don’t think that welcome belongs to me. ;-)

  26. I want this. Like now. Where can I buy it or do I have to rob it from a theater?

    • productions not even done. still in post.

      • Ya but the posters gotta be printed somewhere and I want it!

  27. Can someone send this poster to Belgium? I need to have this in my house!