25 ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Still Photos With Analysis

Published 7 months ago by , Updated March 11th, 2014 at 10:35 am,

The world premiere of the full-length (2:23) Guardians of the Galaxy trailer occurs this evening during Jimmy Kimmel Live but Marvel Studios has already begun to tease the event, first with three first-look photos yesterday and now the trailer shown above.

From the Guardians of the Galaxy action figure reveals during Toy Fair 2014 in New York and the story details released alongside the first official photos, we can begin piecing together story elements and explaining what the imagery in the first trailer is actually showing us. So let’s begin with 25 highlights of the footage so far.

As we explained earlier, nearly everything shown in the teaser was shown to us without completed effects during Comic-Con and that was only two weeks into shooting. A few character shots, explosions and the sequence of Nebula (Karen Gillan) wielding blades is entirely new however (they used a stand-in costume test for her in the Comic-Con footage).

Let’s begin with these three shots – we’re showing them in our own order, not the intentionally non-chronological order the trailer reveals images in.

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These three stills depict the first scene played at Comic-Con where Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill enters an alien temple of sorts. At the alter he finds and picks up the mysterious and all-powerful orb we’ve seen in the promo art, toys and in person, as a prop brought to Comic-Con. Once he does, he’s confronted by Korath the Pursuer, played by Djimon Hounsou who asks him who he is. Quill proudly announces himself as Star-Lord before Korath comically responds, “who?”

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Peter Quill, a human (or mostly human) Earth child of the ’80s is very passionate about what few belongings he still has from home, namely his Sony Walkman we saw at Comic-Con. It’s the source of the iconic “Hooked On A Feeling” music that’s played during the footage and teaser. Anyway, one of the larger alien guards on the prison station known as Kyln is listening to the Walkman and Quill (who’s held there along with the other Guardians before they meet) demands that he stop and return it. It results in a beating and a tase as shown above. There’s also – at some point – seemingly a prison brawl and you can see some of the alien inmates above.

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Meet Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a one-man unstoppable army of sorts on a singular quest to find and seek revenge on Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), whom he blames for the death of his family. In Marvel Comics, Drax is seeking out Thanos, but in Guardians of the Galaxy, the focus is on Ronan who works for Thanos. The tattoos/markings hold a special meaning to Drax and we’ll find out more in the film. Who’s green blood is that in the first image we wonder? Drax uses a pair of deadly blades like he does in the books, holstered at the side of his boots (see here).

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It’s hard to tell from these images (which might be unfinished effects) but Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is riding on the shoulders of his best friend Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) in an epic circular shot of them surrounded by enemies. It was a highlight of the Comic-Con footage and last week animated .gifs revealed the conceptual animation behind it (we were asked to take those down unfortunately). Yes of course, Rocket Raccoon is wielding an over-sized gun. He loves demolitions. He’s good at it.

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From blue skin in Avatar to green skin in the the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Zoe Saldana continues to reign as the queen of sci-fi film franchises (the other being Star Trek). Here she plays Gamora, the most lethal assassin in the universe. She shares some harsh history with Thanos and Nebula (below) and while it may be difficult to tell from this imagery, she sports distinctive tattoo markings across her face. It took the designer many iterations of this design before they (and Saldana) landed on one they loved. The second image we can only guess is an homage to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair“.

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Chris Pratt, the inspired casting choice by James Gunn after auditioning dozens and dozens of actors for the lead part in Guardians of the Galaxy, had to reshape his physique to fit the part. He joked with us about the diet at Comic-Con – watch that funny video here. The other images highlight scenes we saw brief teases of at Comic-Con, the first being the silhouette of Quill suited up as Star-Lord, ready for battle with his dual signature blasters, the second with him navigating treacherous alien weather. We think the second image might be on his way to or from that temple up above since there’s a hint of Korath running through a similar environment, perhaps in pursuit. He is “the Pursuer’ after all…

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This is the Milano in the first five images, what I like to think of as the Millennium Falcon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s Star-Lord’s personal ship and is the centerpiece of the first revealed Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO toy set. Here we see Quill (Pratt) piloting it into or away from battle with that big dark alien ship (the last image) which features a design reminiscent of the Dark Elf vessels in Thor: The Dark World.

The last image shows this large intimidating vehicle launching an armada of smaller vessels, which judging by the wings, might be the same little speeder/skiff that Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) seemingly rides at some point – compare to the LEGO set here. Is this big monster of a ship Ronan’s ride?

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Why Karen Gillan, don’t you look ready for battle. This is our very first official look at Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy since the Comic-Con footage featured a stand-in close-up to show the makeup on her face. There’s metal and perhaps even a cybernetic eye on her face. But watch out for those blades and get ready for the Gamora vs. Nebula confrontation. Compare this design to that from the comics here – it’s very close.

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Who cares about random explosions you might say, but take a closer look! Note the “Tivan” logo in both images. What’s that? It’s the base/home/ship/station of Taneleer Tivan. Who’s that? He’s the Collector played by Benicio Del Toro who showed up in the mid-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World (explained here) and who has a major role to play not only in Guardians of the Galaxy but in at least two other films after thanks to the actor’s multi-picture contract. The Collector, what he has in his collection, and what he wants, are central to some of the big cosmic plans Marvel has in mind.

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And to wrap up, above is the new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy film logo. It’s actually the third version (previous two below) which seems to embrace yellow as much as the film embraces a ’50s pulp science fiction that the film’s producers and directors are aiming for.

Not much on the Rocket Raccoon front, the “heart” of the film, the sure to be fan-favorite and the focus of the toy lines. Expect a look at him, The Collector and perhaps even the mining facility Knowhere (a giant alien head) in the full trailer.

Let us know your thoughts on the character designs and style of Guardians of the Galaxy in the comments below!

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Watch: Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

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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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  1. Wonderful Job, Rob! I Swear I went to bed with nothing new to see for this movie and I wake up with two Great Articles. These stills are ‘Amazing,’ and I can’t wait for the full trailer to be released tonight. Screen Rant is right on top of this!!

  2. Pretty cool. Korath and Nebula sort of have that Necromonger look from Chronicles of Riddick (but obviously gonna be cooler). The vibe feels pretty serious, I knew this film was going to have a pretty intense and serious tone if it involves Thanos. I really want hear what Groot, Rocket and Drax actually sound like.

  3. Very briefly they show rocket raccoon on Groot’s left shoulder. The back of him at least. Too bad we couldn’t see more of him being BA

  4. I just dig that “50s pulp science fiction” look. Even Star Lord’s costume seems to have a similar feel to the one used in The Rocketeer. We’re used to seeing beat up and gritty (which is perfectly fine by me), but it’s really fun to see color and just an overall different vibe from the sets and props. The Milano ship and its cockpit are just fantastic.

  5. I love the fact that most people on here are treating tonight like an event with the trailer release. This has to be the most excited I have been to see a first trailer for a movie in a long time.

    • Yeah, I don’t know what it is. I haven’t been that excited for a trailer to come out in a long, long while. This film has the promise of movie magic that only flicks like the good old Star Wars could provide. That it’s a completely fresh story and not yet another sequel or reboot definitely helps as well.

  6. Good Lord, with his mental stability issues, Stark is will need to be institutionalized after he meets these a-holes. :)

    • In the comics, they made Stark look like a total noob, during his very brief stay with them.

  7. Great article Rob.

    Can’t wait for the full trailer.

  8. Stopped watching merlin on netflix to watch jimmy kimmel for the first time.

    Two comments so far:
    I bet the highly-covetted demographic of 18-40 comicbook fanboys sky rockets for kimmel tonight.
    Anybody else laugh at the irony of “portions of this broadcast brought to you by sony.” Probably not the portion that premieres the gotg trailer.

  9. trailer is live, go get it.

  10. I’m so glad Nebula looks nothing like this – http://media.bestlittlesites.com/images/users/uploads/57567/tumblr_m9622jlS411ruukiw.jpg

  11. Folks keep comparing Guardians of the Galaxy to Firefly albeit a good show it’s closer to Farscape. Seeing how these Guardians are based off the 2008 versions which reflect some parallels to the show. BOOM Farscape! Remember the movie’s original synopsis: About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants. What happened to that John Crichton?

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