After noteworthy presentations from Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox gave fans years worth of future DC Comics and Marvel movie excitement, Disney's Marvel Studios rounded out the biggest day of comic book movie related content and announcements in the history of Comic-Con with a mind-blowing panel of their own.
After Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier each had new footage debut, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said that - despite Guardians of the Galaxy have only begun shooting - they wanted attendees to meet them.
The entire cast - minus unannounced voice talent for Rocket Raccoon and Groot - came on stage, and actors had their rumored names confirmed, with an added surprise of Djimon Hounsou playing a character named Korath, a character with the ability to hunt down people.
For the record, Benicio Del Toro is playing The Collector, Lee Pace is playing Ronan, Karen Gillan is playing Nebula (and shaved her head for it) and Michael Rooker is playing Yondu as initially reported. As for the leads, this is what they look like (compare them with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy concept art):
The footage begins with a wide shot of dark, alien world, with greenish-blue aesthetic. There's a large structure, with walls and it seems to be some sort of temple that a hooded figure enters. From the interior shot we see it's Peter Quill with his reddish brown trench coat as depicted in the image above. He's entered to seemingly steal some artifact and just as he does, three mysterious figures also enter the structure with rifles.
They're lead by Korath and aim to arrest him by first asking Quill to identify himself. Chris Pratt's Peter Quill says "Star-Lord" and Hounsou's alien pursuer Korath looks confused and says "who?" The tone is very different from the get-go than any other Marvel Studios production to date and very funny.
We then see a shot of what may be Quill's wrist, with some sort of device on his arm and we're now in prison on what's likely a space station. The majority of the video is to introduce fans to the characters since the Guardians of the Galaxy comic is very obscure and entirely unrecognizable to the mainstream theater-going demographic..
We see hologram readouts on the the film's five main characters and there's a voiceover by John C. Reilly's Rhomann Dey, a Nova Corps prison guard, describing each:
- Drax the Destroyer - speaks for itself. He's covered in red tattoos, and his skin appears to be flaking off in some parts. We didn't see him with the armored-skin look or a vest like in the original concept art.
- Gamora - a deadly assassin. She's a brighter green and her eyes are much lighter. She stares ahead with a snarky grin on her face, clearly fearless.
- Rocket Raccoon - has over 50 charges for theft and prison escapes. When it jumped from Gamora to Rocket on the line-up, it was very evident how short he is, but not as evident as his attitude when he spits on the ground.
- Groot - a plant. He's so tall, he slowly leans to the right and gets his head in the frame.
- And "Star-Lord" who looks lost and comedically out of place.
We get another shot of Dey and we see he's discussing this with another Nova Corps guard who asks "who calls him Star-Lord" and Dey says that's just what he calls himself. The personality of each character is hilarious and comes through, even with there being no dialogue in the footage from anyone outside of Chris Pratt, Djimon Hounsou and the Nova guards.
Next we're seeing Quill, handcuffed, being escorted through a part of the prison and he hears "Hooked On A Feeling" music playing in the background realizing it's from his walkman. Some large alien is putting on the headphones and listening curiously and Quill repeatedly demands that he stop. For some reason, this really upsets him and he breaks off the line and begins charging the larger alien leading to a confrontation where guards put him down.
This moves into a sizzle reel of action bits, featuring physical moments and close-ups on the Guardians and a load of other varied aliens. The most notable highlights were Star-Lord's mask - which is the same from the early artwork, him dual-wielding pistols, Gamora kicking ass, a cool looking spaceship leaving the atmosphere of some planet (possibly Xandar), and an angry Rocket Raccoon firing his gun while possibly riding on Groot's shoulder.
We also get another shot of Quill on the line-up or in a cell as Rhomann Dey and the other guard talk and he's slowly pretending to crank his hand and give them the middle finger as he apologizes and says he doesn't know how that machine works. We see Dey explain to the other Nova guard that the five call themselves the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to which the other guard says "what a bunch of a-holes."
There was a lot of imagery, much of it not even hinted at in the concept art released so far. It was as exciting as it was overwhelming but the footage was effective. It came across as the most comedic movie in Marvel's library yet. It had James Gunn written all over it and the buzz is definitely getting fans and media unfamiliar with that part of the Marvel Universe - which is most people - interested.
Check out highlights on video:
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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