Finally, last night saw the debut footage from maverick director James Gunn’s ambitious Marvel space opera GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It looks great, really great.
So, what do we have? First a classic set-up for any new character – back to the camera, looking up at an imposing structure, then the attempted theft of some presumably important sci-fi orb…thingy. When our hero introduces himself as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the man with a gun to his head, Korath (Djimon Hounsou) responds “Who?” much to the dismay of the would-be “legendary outlaw”.
Cue Marvel titles and the big screen debut of the oddest team of anti-heroes in film history, and the biggest risk Marvel/Disney have undertaken since giving us a fake Mandarin.
We’re introduced to the Guardians one by one by space cop Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) in a pleasing, THE USUAL SUSPECTS-referencing sequence. We have the rampaging, vengeful Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista with some impressive body art), assassin Gamora (a green-skinned Zoe Saldana), repeat-GTA offender Rocket (Bradley Cooper voicing a gun-toting Racoon), tree/hired muscle Groot (voiced and motion captured by Vin Diesel) and the self-proclaimed Star-Lord Peter Quill pulling off a classic profane gesture with accompanying quip.
There’s what looks like a prison break (with Rocket looking badass shooting from atop Groot), spaceships exploding, the briefest glimpses of a frankly terrifying blue, bald and shark-eyed Nebula (Karen Gillan) and the second appearance (following the THOR: THE DARK WORLD reveal) of the foppish Collector (Benicio del Toro) the promise of lots of up-close-and-personal scrapping.
Finally, we get Reilly smirking that this band of misfits have chosen to dub themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, before the hilarious deadpan addition his fellow space cop (the always welcome Peter Serafinowicz) proclaiming them “a bunch of a-holes”.
The trailer closes with the full team (particularly Star-Lord) looking like they’ve all got somewhere much more exciting to be, and judging by this trailer, they certainly have. It looks really fun, really unusual and a really wild ride. Now I just want to hear Rocket speak, because according to Bradley Cooper, he was inspired by Joe Pesci. Guardians of the Galaxy is out 1 August. SSP