[Update: We've added some Guardians of the Galaxy character posters.]
Anticipation for Guardians of the Galaxy has pretty much reached a fever pitch by now, but that doesn't mean Marvel Studios is going to ease back on the hype-building yet. Hence, there's a new extended TV promo for James Gunn's cosmic superhero adventure (watch it above) - one that focuses on Earthing-turned intergalactic criminal and then, unexpectedly, hero Peter Jason "Star-Lord" Quill (brought to life by Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt). He's a fellow with fine taste in nostalgia-inducing rock tunes to recommend himself, if nothing else.
In Gunn's movie, the fanatic Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who does the bidding of an even more dangerous figure in the shape of Thanos (Josh Brolin), presents a threat to the galaxy at large - one so great that only a team of four convicts (and one walking, talking, alien tree) can save the day. A number of the Guardians have some personal history with either Ronan and/or his ally Nebula (Karen Gillan), which both helps and yet also complicates Star-Lord's efforts to unite them together to serve a decent cause.
Indeed, as the second newly-unveiled Guardians TV trailer further highlights, it's not easy to keep your superhero squad under control, when one of them's a (rather) literal-minded maniac named Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), who's apparently dating his knife - and another one will beat you up for even trying to get intimate or cozy. Or for any reason, really, as it appears that smacking Star-Lord around is basically a pastime for Gamora (Zoe Saldana). He should probably just be thankful that he isn't the one she wants to kill.
By the look of it, Gunn's relatively twisted sense of humor and storytelling sensibilities have blended well with Marvel Studios' stock qualities (comedy and action intended for consumption by a large audience); should that prove to be the case, then Guardians of the Galaxy will be a healthy artistic marriage between a decidedly non-mainstream filmmaker's voice and a big-time studio, setting a good example for similar projects in the future. We can at least guarantee that the soundtrack will be good.
UPDATE: A few supporting players in Guardians of the Galaxy now have their own official character posters. That includes Star-Lord's associate, the blue-skinned Yondu (Michael Rooker), along with members of Nova - the "space police" in Gunn's movie - Nova Prime (Glenn Close) and Corpsman Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly). You can check them out, below.
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For additional Guardians of the Galaxy coverage here at Screen Rant, be sure and check out the following:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Set Interview with James Gunn
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Set Interview with Zoe Saldana
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Set Interview with Dave Bautista
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Set Interview with Karen Gillan
Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters on August 1st, 2014.