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Peter Quill, a man of the '80s, finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict spanning the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, attempting to earn his title of Star-Lord with a team of ex-cons that includes a genetically engineered raccoon (Rocket Raccoon), a sentient alien tree of royal descent (Groot), an unstoppable killing machine out for revenge for his family (Drax the Destroyer), and a powerful assassin who vows revenge against her master (Gamora).
The movie is another franchise added to the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as part of its Phase 2 expansion. Based on the comic characters of the same name, Guardians Of The Galaxy premiered on August 1, 2014 and became a blockbuster hit. Director James Gunn also co-wrote the script with Nicole Perlman. Walt Disney Studios and Motion Pictures distributed the film.
Actor Chris Pratt leads the cast as Peter Quill, a human who is hinted to have alien descent towards the end of the movie. Zoe Saldana plays the role of Gamora, an orphaned alien who was adopted by Thanos and trained to become his personal assassin. Thanos plays a pivotal role in the MCU and is portrayed by actor Josh Brolin.
The other members of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” include cast members Dave Bautista as Drax and Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as the voices behind Groot and Rocket respectively. Drax the Destroyer is the only survivor of his planet who seeks to avenge the death of his family. Rocket is a genetically engineered racoon who has exceptional battle skills. He works alongside Groot, a humanoid tree.
Actor Michael Rooker plays the character Yondu, the leader of the Ravagers who has a love-hate relationship with Peter, who grew up in his care. Ronan the Accuser, the main villain, is played by Lee Pace.
A second installment, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was also released on April 19, 2017.