25 ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Still Photos With Analysis

Published 8 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. HOLY…..yess!

  2. Amazing! I can’t wait for the full trailer!

  3. This is gonna be AWESOME!

  4. I can imagine Zoe Saldana playing ‘SHE-HULK’ in the 70`s the Incredible Hulk (TV series),
    she would’ve be perfect

    • What if, and hear me out

      in the cinematic universe, they make gamora she-hulk.

      the people of earth know Hulk, so when gamora comes touches down, everyones like
      “she must be she-hulk”

      • not a bad idea actually :)

        it would help make the mcu feel even more connected too

      • If they have no plans on developing She-Hulk and this would be a case of simply mis-identification by someone, sure, that could be fun.

        But if the idea would be she would actually adopt the moniker of She-Hulk and stay on Earth, then……please no.

        • but dont you wanna see her get a law degree.

  5. Does anyone know if Knowhere will be featured in the film at all?

    • It will be, yes.

      • Wow, wait…

        Does this mean in addition to RR, we get Cosmo??!?

        I’ve not been this excited about so many talking animals since Snow Dogs! Or Cow Cow Boogie.

        • And if you know what Knowhere is, it also implies CELESTIALS….

          • It is a Celestial head too. USA Today was allowed to confirm that yesterday so we can safely say it too :)

            • Ok, now I’m definitely excited.

            • Every time I hear Knowhere referenced, I just think “do we see Cosmo?”

              James Gunn was parading animals all over his twitter account during the production, so I hope that means we see Cosmo.

              • The very first image of Guardians Gunn tweeted was of Cosmo’s set costume.

                • Yeah, I saw that, but thought it was still pretty vague. I want full on telepathic Russian dog.

            • They ARE ACTUALLY MAKING IT A CELESTIAL HEAD!!!!!???? Wow they are going for a lot of cosmic characters I never thought they would even touch. Thanos, an Elder of the Universe, and the head of a Celestial…WOOOOOHH.
              I also feel like even though they are having Ronan be the so called reason for Drax’s family being destroyed, it will be revealed that it really was Thanos who was behind it all.

            • Marvel needs to bring out its cosmic big guns. If GotG 2 ever wants to compete with BvS in 2016.

              Celestials will do just that.

            • Well, w/o Galactus to rely on as an all powerful force in the universe (bite me Fox!), the Celestials are the next best thing. They also have ties to the Kree, Skrull, Inhumans and Eternals, just to name a few.

        • Check Out Gunn’s Tweet for yourself: https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/267445988585783297

          Enjoy!

  6. Until now I didn’t know about the 80s connection and that Walkman. Awesome idea and reminds me a bit of Buck Rogers (well, and FarScape). I just hope they hit the right tone. I don’t want Star Wars prequel/Transformers style silliness, which could easily happen with a racoon as a main character.

    • i love that idea of the walkman, should make for some funny scenes

  7. Star Wars only better. Chris Pratt is very Han Solo in those pics…… I guess instead of a wookie we get Groot.

    • I’ve been getting a good Star Wars “vibe” from this for awhile now. Me thinks Disney may regret doing this as it may raise the bar for Episode VII pretty high. Plus, I have zero faith in JJ Abrams after his Star Trek run…

      • You mean how he turned Star Trek into Star Wars? He’s perfect for the Star Wars universe, the themes that drive it have always been important to his work. He is not a Trekkie, however, and that was evident in his films. He’ll be very much in his element in a galaxy far, far away.

        • No. I meant how he turned into a hot steaming pile of dog poo…

          • That’s a really strange super power. I don’t know if I’d want to be able to turn into a hot steaming pile of dog poo.

            • LMAO! +1 to Ken.

              He turned “Star Trek” into poo.
              Turned “it”, into sh–.
              Finally proved Celestial “dark matter” is real…

              on and on…

        • Have you seen Nemesis or Enterprise? Star Trek was turned into Star Wars long before Abrams.

    • LOL Exactly what I thought about those images (STARWARS)

  8. Highlight of my day…I will most CERTAINLY be waiting up tonight to watch this trailer…

  9. Star Lord looks awesome! Drax looks awesome! Gamora looks awesome! Groot looks awesome! Nebula looks awesome! And I’ve seen Rocket, and he looks F&#kin’awesome! EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!! Sorry…I had a bit of a Legoesque geek-out there.

  10. So effing excited.

  11. The modern Star Wars!

    I love the visuals of the film! The characters look great! Cannot wait for the trailer!
    Nice catch on Karen Gillian’s Nebula, I didn’t see it before but she looks amazing.

    Can the trailer come out any sooner!

  12. Djimon Hounsou looks and sounds dope in the trailer….hopefully he gets more screen time, he could make a great villian.

    i’m really hoping the trailer they show on Kimmel will be longer and not this blue balls version. is Pratt on Kimmel cause Arnett was on last night for the Lego movie so i’m guessing

    • It’s already confirmd (and mentioned in the very first line of this article, by the way) that the full trailer that premieres tonight will be 2 minutes and 23 seconds longs.

      The Screenrant guys go through a lot of trouble writing up these articles, you should try reading them sometime instead of just looking at the picture. ;) :D

      • haha man i usually skip the first paragraph cause it gets repetitive sometimes….

  13. I hope this film gives off a Star Wars, space opera vibe. (The original trilogy, not the prequels)

  14. Looks like this will be “Star Wars” enough for me, which is a good thing since I have absolutely no interest in JJ’s new movies…

    • Once the first Star Wars trailer hits you will change your tune, that’s guaranteed.

  15. Wow Rob you’re so fast! I assume there will be another analysis when the full (2 minutes) trailer hits?

    Anyway… I don’t know what to say about this, it’s bizarre, it’s unique, it’s really alien… it’s AWESOME! Hey if one enjoys Star Trek, why not this movie, right? Really digging Korath and Nebula really alien vibe. And I’ve said it before and I will say it again… Chris Pratt looks effing hot, especially that last shot!. Oh, and this is similar footage to the one played at ComicCon, right?

    • Thanks!

      And yes, we’ll definitely have stuff about the full trailer too. #NoSleep

  16. After looking at the still of gamora and the teaser I’m still not impressed. I also think callinging a modern star wars when another star wars movie is on its way next year isa bit odd.

    Also I love the stills but it still doesn’t strike me as awesome. Its is still a scifi movie that could do either well or flop.

    They need to market this carefully. We have a talking racoon,a talking tree, a musclebound green alien with red markings, a green chick with red hair, and a guy whose living in the 80′s. I’m not the only one who can see this could be either hit or miss.

    Still will wait for full trailer before I call it but its looking like a pass for me..I mean I only want to see nova…and if he doesn’t sell I’m gonna pass.

  17. If Guardians of the Galaxy can be a major hit then most likely Marvel will go with a
    ‘War of Kings” sequel which would be INSANE and DC/WB would do a Reboot of Green Lantern

  18. Heh, Cant wait for the full trailer, wonder if they will show cosmo in it XD

    Say Rob, any chance of us getting a list of Ant-Man villians who are possible for the film? would be interesting to hear your guys thoughts on if Whirlwind, EggHead, Black Knight, or the living laser showing up, and we are getting closer

    • (possible SPOILER

      • Hey what happened to my spoiler???

  19. Gonna be a long wait until tonight.

    I love James Gunn’s work. ‘Super’ is probably one the best kept secrets around.

    Seriously, for those of you interested in this… check out Super.

  20. SHUT UP, CRIME!

    • Beat me to it. But yeah, I thought Super was much better than Kick-Ass, shame it flew under the radar. Ellen Page screaming in that car, pure hilarity.

      • “SHUT UP, CRIME!”

        Sounds like that line was stolen from “The Tick” to me.

  21. Even if those shots are unfinished they’re still SO well-rendered it’s unbelievable

  22. Anyone who think this movie isn’t “going to work”, or not make a bazillion $ at the box office is kidding themselves!

  23. Apparently, James Gunn is set to direct the announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2. That was pretty fast of them green lighting a sequel before the first one even comes out.

    • None of that is official but if if true, I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • This is becoming a very common thing.

      Everyone is all about the almighty “sequel” now, so spending a small amount of money to start working on a script and getting some ducks lined up is actually smart money if the initial movie is successful.

    • Can we perma-ban people who post these fake GoG trailers? It’s tiresome and ceased being funny .0005 seconds after it first got put on youtube.

      • Agreed.

  24. Zoe just does NOT look like Gamora. It’s annoying that they cast her for this part. But given how big the rest of the characters are, I think I can put up with that annoyance.

    Bring on some Rocket!!

  25. HE HAS THE SPARTOI SYMBOL!

  26. Can’t wait !! #GOTG #MarvelStudio #winning

  27. Gamora looks just like she does in the Marvel NOW! relaunch!! Right down to the yellow eye makeup!! I love it!! Can’t wait for the full trailer!!! Hopefully we see Ronan and more of the Nova Corps and hear Rocket and Groot’s voice!!

  28. So anyone wanna bet if this is successful Green Lantern is gonna get another shot at glory? Hopefully properly lol.

    • Well, he will. They just need to confirm The Rock as John Stewart.

      • Fingers crossed!

      • Definitely, can’t wait for that. Im more confident he’s playing a hero since he used the term “cool badassery” when referring to his DC meeting. Also does anyone think Patrick Wilson would make a good Hal in addition to John Stewart?