The recent release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a great start to the year for Marvel, breaking April box office records and impressing critics with its gripping spy thriller plot. The film definitely felt more grounded than any of the studio's other comic book adaptations, 95 year-old superhuman soldiers notwithstanding.
On the other end of the spectrum is Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's second 2014 offering and one of the last movies anyone could ever describe as looking down-to-Earth. Set out in the cosmos and featuring a ragtag band of dubious heroes that includes a very angry talking raccoon and a sentient tree creature, James Gunn's outer-space adventure looks joyously weird.
Perhaps to stop the more timid mainstream audience members from backing off in terror, the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy focused on the film's single tether to our own culture: Peter Quill AKA Star Lord (Chris Pratt), a half-human who brought with him from Earth an Indiana Jones-esque charm and a love of classic pop tunes. MTV has debuted an extended clip of the opening scene from the trailer, in which Star Lord is caught red-handed robbing a mysterious orb and has to make an improvized getaway.
One of the most hyped battles in Guardians of the Galaxy is the stand-off between green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and blue-skinned space pirate Nebula (Karen Gillan). Gillan has admitted that she required two months of rehearsals for the fight scene since she "looked like spaghetti" when production first began, and it seems that one of the purposes of the current reshoots for Guardians of the Galaxy is to perfect this fight scene. This week Gunn teased the epic showdown with an image of Saldana and Gillan doing some last-minute preparation for the scene.
Check out said image, below:
It would be nice to think that Nebula will actually be wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater during this scene; every infamous space pirate should own at least one piece of clothing with a Disney character on it. In a show of true dedication, Gillan originally shaved her head completely bald for the role of Nebula, but she may well have opted for a skull cap during reshoots rather than send her locks back to square one again.
As with the Avengers, the Guardians all have different motivations and, in several cases, personal vendettas. Despite their wayward morals, anger issues, pursuit of personal gain and lust for revenge, however, they do somehow manage to come together to form a powerful superhero team - though it's a very odd-looking one.
Guardians of the Galaxy is out in theaters on August 1, 2014.