Today, Marvel Studios is bringing a lesser known group of superheroes to the screen, the Guardians of the Galaxy.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into outer space, 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.
The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, featuring Vin Diesel (“Fast and Furious”) as Groot, two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) as Rocket, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad,” “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime, and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector.
It’s quite an assorted line-up of actors that doesn’t exactly scream box office smash. But it will be just that.
When I first heard about “Guardians,” I was a scoffer. I didn’t understand how it would work. It didn’t sound like it could exist in the same universe as Iron Man and Captain America. The first trailer didn’t quite excite me. And the idea of a talking tree and raccoon really made me nervous. I feared that Kevin Fiege and his team had finally gone off the rails, reaching too far into obscure Marvel character territory.
But something happened I can’t quite explain. The marketing machine at Disney managed to get me excited for this film. Going into an early press screening, I was stoked to see this odd space film with talking trees and racoons, classic pop songs, and Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. And you know what? Marvel nailed it.