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Watch: First Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Assembles New Superhero Team

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 18, 2014 11:55 PM
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So, a superhero movie with a raccoon and talking tree among the team, many have said (including us) that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" represents the biggest roll of the dice Marvel has taken to date. Just don't tell that to director James Gunn. "I don't think it's the riskiest Marvel property," he told Total Film. "I think 'Iron Man' was by far the riskiest. It was a film company that didn't have much, raising money to make a film based on a property that wasn't that much more well known than 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' So I think it's not even close to the riskiest Marvel property." Of course, Tony Stark now has three standalone movies to his name and the question is, can 'Guardians' reach that level of success?

Well, the first trailer for the film has arrived, and you can't argue the crew it has assembled. Chris Pratt takes the lead role, with Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista in support, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, while Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro round things out. Eclectic? Sure. But also that talent is pretty great. But whether or not audiences will roll with the premise remains to be seen. Here's the official synopsis: 

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Oh yeah, one thing not to expect in 'Guardians'? Stan Lee. The famed comic book legend will not be making a pit stop as is routine for the Marvel movies. "This is the one group I didn't create," Lee said in an interview with DweebCast. "I didn't write 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' I'm not even sure who they all are!" Well, Marvel is hoping after this trailer, America is familiar with this comic team.

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" opens on August 1st. Watch below.

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  • Thuto | February 20, 2014 8:27 AMReply


  • JKK | February 20, 2014 8:11 AMReply

    Let be clear, it cannot be worse than Iron Man 3 and "Trevor". That is for damn sure.

  • aliann | February 20, 2014 6:53 AMReply

    Am I the only one who sees Firefly in this. The lead even dresses like Nathan Fillian did. Rag tag criminals save the universe. Not to mention the obvious Indiana Jones reference. Could be ok but not very original.

  • DrEPayne | February 20, 2014 8:15 AM

    Thing is, Guardians of the Galaxy has been around since the 70's, so if you think this is unoriginal the blame should go to Whedon.

  • NP | February 20, 2014 6:22 AMReply

    I can't get Parks and Rec out i
    Of my mind when I watch this.

  • O_O not over reading the lines | February 20, 2014 4:16 AMReply

    After reading the article, the one thing still comes to mind.

    "This is the one group I didn't create,"
    Is it me or does Stan Lee expectations towards this team of heros is rather low, since he didn't create it. Or, have not much faith towards it. .... .. .
    >.> anyway I am not gonna judge until I seen the movie.

  • Jeffrey Shyu | February 19, 2014 9:23 PMReply

    I think this movie looks amazing. Pretty soon we're gonna see a movie on Alpha Flight.

  • Eew Nova Corp suits | February 19, 2014 8:09 PMReply

    The trailer looks great and the make up and cgi also, but the costumes for the Nova Corp look awful

  • superconductor | February 19, 2014 5:11 PMReply

    "Comic" team???
    Clearly Kevin you've never read a comic.
    Therefore you have as much clout to comment on this movie as a garbage man does on quantum physics.
    In the comics these characters jest but are as hard core as "The Avenger's".
    To assert this movie is a comedy only lends to the humor of your inept, uninformed writing.
    Do your research before writing articles. Is it laziness Kevin?

  • KineticKrank | February 20, 2014 10:33 AM

    Besides Superconductor, I know some garba'ge collectors who happen to know quantum physics tyvm.

  • D | February 20, 2014 3:10 AM

    ANGRY NECKBEARD ALERT! take it easy there captain outrage. It's obviously been shot with a more comic tilt. Relax

  • Taylor | February 19, 2014 9:47 AMReply

    jesus chris pratt is so hot in this

    can't wait fo this looks good and funny

  • Meh | February 19, 2014 9:24 AMReply


  • farcrap | February 19, 2014 8:53 AMReply

    This reminds me of Farscape. That's not a good thing... Not. At. All.

    Seriously this looks terrible.

  • neargold | February 19, 2014 10:58 AM


  • CB | February 19, 2014 5:52 AMReply

    So a generic mash-up of J.J. Abrams' lens-flaired Star Trek, Green Lantern and Avengers-style "comedy"? Yuck..

  • Mohi | February 20, 2014 5:43 AM

    I like THEREALTROLL. My kinda guy.

  • TheRealTroll | February 20, 2014 12:25 AM

    Right, because what you described is the epitome of generic ...

  • Johnybhoy | February 19, 2014 5:05 AMReply

    I think this looks great, loving the vibe from the trailer, it feels like it's gonna be a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing it. Chris Pratt deserves a shot at stardom, I hope he grabs it with both hands. Star Lord could be the role of a lifetime, a funny, goofy Han Solo.

  • Travis | February 19, 2014 11:11 AM

    I actually thought it was more of an Indiana Jones role, if Indy was the only one that took himself seriously

  • MA | February 19, 2014 6:42 AM

    Agreed. Like the tone here. Tongue in cheek fun action adventure, not too silly and not too serious.
    It seems better than some other big scifi-action franchises. Star Trek is too serious. Star Wars prequels were a weird combination of stupid kids movies, boring political drama and dark violent action films.

  • jj | February 19, 2014 1:44 AMReply

    Large cast, but that is not going to save this, unless the kids all go.
    I really don't think Chris Pratt is a leading man, unfortunately; and they should have switched and swapped cooper and pratt's roles.

  • Rick | February 19, 2014 8:14 AM

    @Ugh, I'm pretty sure Hangover was not a throwaway movie for Cooper. It definitely help propel him as a leading man

  • Ugh | February 19, 2014 3:44 AM

    Only way to find out is to give the guy a chance. Leading men don't start out as leading men. They get a role that gives them the chance to become one. A few years ago Bradley Cooper was just "that asshole fiancé from Wedding Crashers" or "the douchebag from The Hangover". Then he was given a chance with "Silver Linings Playbook" & "Place Beyond the Pines" & now he's a leading man.
    Plus in Pratt's favor this film is an ENSEMBLE piece. It's not Star Lord. It's The GuardianS (Plural) of the Galaxy.

  • Carter | February 19, 2014 1:24 AMReply

    Pleasantly surprised. Looks like good fun.

  • fong | February 19, 2014 12:59 AMReply

    Isn't it a bit strange for a dude who's slightly younger than Tarantino to be (at least indirectly) referencing a Tarantino flick?

  • Travis | February 19, 2014 1:25 AM

    Where? The use of Hooked on a Feeling? I'm just trying to figure out what Tarantino reference I missed.

  • Daryl Hannah | February 19, 2014 12:23 AMReply

    Looks more interesting than the typical Marvel fare but yeah, this will be their first bomb

  • Marko | February 19, 2014 1:36 AM

    It also appeared on a little thing called "The Number One Hit Singles of 1974".

  • Fong | February 19, 2014 1:33 AM

    Yeah, but that particular version of "Hooked on a Feeling" has only ever been used in "Reservoir Dogs" and "Ally McBeal" (which itself was a sort of callback to "Dogs"). Just a strange, extremely specific choice of song for such a broadly aimed film.

  • cirkusfolk | February 19, 2014 12:08 AMReply

    This is gonna bomb so hard. Like RIPD hard.

  • j | February 19, 2014 4:58 AM

    Bomb? C'mon. This will be a hit, and then its sequel will be a bigger hit, and when they bung them all together into a movie with some Avengers it'll be a bigger hit, and so on.

    I actually think it looks pretty good. It's got a cool Star Wars thing going on. I think it's a really canny move by Marvel, and I've no doubt those guys know exactly what they're doing.

  • hank | February 19, 2014 1:43 AM

    this is going to make a gazillion dollars.

  • CIRKUSFAG | February 19, 2014 12:49 AM

    Actually it's gonna make tons of dough. Now go suck a cock.

  • Alex | February 19, 2014 12:30 AM

    You're wrong, so very wrong.

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