This week as endured a battle for headlines between Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and earning the most buzz, Guardians of the Galaxy which had its public unveiling this week when its first trailer debuted during Jimmy Kimmel Live. We've analyzed the trailer as much as we can and just as we did, Marvel Studios released a set of character introduction videos where the cast briefly discussed their roles in the film.
In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy toy sets, high-res photos, a new film logo, a sneak peek preview, a full-length trailer and our own analysis and video feature, we also have the first first official GOTG poster and it appropriately looks as if it belongs on the cover of a Marvel Comics book.
We got our first artistic rendering of the Guardians of the Galaxy back at Comic-Con 2012 and the following Comic-Con, and updated version which featured new costumes for the roster. More recently, we got the first official photo which that art was based on, giving a good look at how James Gunn and co. adapted the character costumes from Marvel Comics. Little did we know, that they'd be suiting up together in new, matching duds which emphasize the official formation of the Guardians team. That became clear in the official photo released just before the trailer drop.
Those new costumes take center stage in the first official Guardians of the Galaxy poster:
The team, the costumes, the art style and the Milano ship parked in the background all look great, and fit what we've come to expect from the stylish Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation. So, in Screen Rant fashion, let's break this down.
First, we've not seen Drax holding a massive gun like that before. In fact, we've only ever see him use his brute strength or his signature daggers. That gun looks as if it belongs to Rocket Raccoon but we're not complaining. It looks badass.
The more significant highlight is the uniforms themselves. Guardian of the Galaxy may have a lot of background stories to cover in its five main characters, who all share a dark past in some way (except for Groot who's seemingly innocent), but it's a team based movie, an origin tale of this cosmic Avengers assembly. They start as a ragtag group of ex-cons who are incarcerated together but at some point in the film, they find a common goal and their paths cross. Whether it's because of the Nova Corps (think space police force) or some other means, they form an official bond and have the matching uniforms to show for it.
Readers knowledgeable about GOTG comics history will recognize the emblem/logo on all of these uniforms as being of Spartoi origin and of course, in the comics, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is actually half-Spartoi himself, his father being their leader. We're thinking that may come to light in the film and through them, they suit up as the team depicted above and in more recent team photo.
Rocket has his obligatory big gun too, and Star-Lord is sporting one of his two blasters, but another key observation is in Gamora's sword. It's the same design of a thin, but techy looking sword from unused Thor: The Dark World concept art and it's one of two swords we know she'll wield in the film. The other is the infamous "Godslayer" weapon we saw ever so briefly in the trailer (more on that here), an important weapon from the comics that was originally handed down to Gamora by her adopted father Thanos. She eventually lost it but it appears that she's using it in the trailer to fight Nebula (Karen Gillan) and/or Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).
And how can we not mention the "You're Welcome" tagline at the end. It is amazing in retrospect that this property is actually coming to theaters as a big budget live-action film. But now, Rocket Raccoon is already a center piece of merchandise marketing and everyone online is talking about the film. This is just week one of the Marvel marketing plan for GOTG so expect a busy summer and Comic-Con for the cast, director and marketing team.
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[Update. I just had a moment on Twitter thanks to @NobleStribling sending this to us. Behold, the augmented version of the poster. Thank you, internet.]
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, 2014, The 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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Sources: Marvel, Total Film