On February 18th, Marvel Entertainment released the first official trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s space ships, an angry raccoon, an ambulatory tree, profane gestures, and late 60’s pop music.
Let’s break it down.
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) standing at the entrance to some sort of alien temple ruins. Note the incredibly cheap cassette player headphones he’s wearing.
Entering the ruins.
The interior of the temple. Nothing’s really jumping out at me to indicate if the temple should be familiar to comics readers.
Presumably that floating sphere is the reason Quill’s in the temple. Based on the information from the mid-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World, I have to wonder if this particular bauble is related the Aether from that film, and to the Tesseract from The Avengers. If the Infinity Stones, as they were referred to, match the Infinity Gems from the comics, then this would be the purple Space Gem, right? That would be appropriate. The glow on that sphere is kinda purple, right?
Although, apparently the glow was coming from the pedestal it was floating above, not the sphere itself….
Regardless, these dudes aren’t too keen on letting Quill take it. The guy with the glowing blue eyes on the left is Korath the Pursuer (Dijimon Hounsou); in the comics he’s a Kree cyber-geneticist and occasional member of the Kree team of cosmic antagonists, Starforce. In the comics, he’s also blue. It’s probably not going to come up in the Marvel cinematic universe, but I’d be interested to see how they handle the Kree’s somewhat racist attitudes regarding genetic purity, especially if they’re expanding the list of Kree skin pigmentation beyond blue and white.
Even if he’s not blue, the cable sticking out of his skull would seem to indicate that Korath still has a bunch of cybernetic upgrades.
When asked who he is, Quill smugly refers to himself as the “legendary outlaw,” Star-Lord.
Korath has no idea who that is. It’s pretty great.
Speaking of cybernetic upgrades, for some reason I find this control device in someone’s arm more disturbing than the cables breaching Korath’s skull.
Nova Corps! The two on the left are Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) and a yet unnamed Nova Corps officer (Peter Serafinowicz). Comic book Rhomann Dey died on Earth and transferred his power to Richard Rider who became the first human member of the galactic peace keeping organization. According to Dey here, the Guardians of the Galaxy were arrested on Xander, the comic homeworld of the Nova Corps.
Drax (Dave Bautista) the Destroyer! According to his vital statistics in the bottom left, his species is unknown. Though it’s not brought up in the comics much, Drax is actually a human whose spirit was resurrected into a new body by the Eternals of Saturn’s moon, Titan after cosmic supervillain — and mid-credits Avengers cameo — Thanos killed him and his family. Rhomann Dey, claims Drax has been on a rampage since his wife and family were killed.
More Drax. His criminal record shows that he’s wanted for twenty-two counts of murder, and five counts of grievous bodily harm.
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) does not look at all impressed. I’m a bit disappointed that her vitals doesn’t refer to her as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy. Drax’s called him the Destroyer. Also, her species is listed as Zehoberi as opposed to Zen Whoberi.
It’s a bit creepy that Gamora begins smiling when Dey starts to read off her list of offenses. Though she’s an assassin, she’s apparently only wanted to twelve counts of murder. Maybe she just hasn’t racked up a high enough body count for people to start calling her the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy. Her rap sheet does state that she’s the last surviving Zehoberi; I wonder if she’ll still have been raised by Thanos.
Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper). Or just Rocket, apparently. I find it really entertaining that his vital statistics call out the fact that he has two arms and two legs. That seems unnecessary.
Along with Groot, who we’ll get to in just a moment, Rocket’s known associates include Lylla, his lady friend in the comics who happens to be a sentient otter. He’s wanted for thirteen counts of theft, fourteen counts of escape from incarceration, seven counts of mercenary activity, and fifteen counts of arson.
Groot (Vin Diesel) isn’t listed as being the Monarch of Planet X. Also, he too has two arms and two legs.
According to the rap sheet, Groot’s only crimes are three counts of grievous bodily harm. He’s a bit of a lightweight compared to the others.
Quill’s processing is the funniest, as the Novas discuss how he’s the only one who refers to himself as Star-Lord while he flips them off. His species is listed as Terran — i.e. human — which makes me wonder if they’re scrapping his origin as being the half-human son of the Emperor of the Spartoi. Also, Quill’s the only one whose list of enhancements includes a translator, which I thought was interesting.
Quill’s wanted for one count of fraud, two counts of assault / drunkenness, and one count of sex crime; specifically illegal manipulation of a Gramosian Duchess. Referencing the planet Gramos is delving fairly deep into Marvel lore. I had to look it up to see if it was actually a real thing and all I could find was a single Thor villain who hasn’t made an appearance in about fifteen years. Also, Yondu Udonta is listed as an associate. Yondu’s one of the more interesting characters to include in the film, because while he was a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy from the late 60’s, those stories took place in the 31st century. Also, he runs around having space adventures while using a bow as his primary weapon.
The motley group of prisoners are being led somewhere when Quill hears the dulcet tones of Blue Swede coming from off-camera.
This blue dude does not appear to be Hooked on a Feeling.
Quill is not happy about that guy listening to his tunes. To be fair, it’s probably super difficult to find replacement AA-batteries in space.
Stun batons are much easier to come by.
Star-Lord all decked out with his mask and guns.
More Korath the Pursuer. Sometimes when you’re pursuing, you don’t always get to visit the nicest climates.
A bunch of alien prisoners. I’m going to guess that one of Guardians said something to upset them. Probably Quill or Rocket.
Rocket and Groot wrecking shop during a prison riot.
I’m not completely certain about what is happening here. Maybe this is Quill after being processed into the Nova Corps prison, still upset about the blue guy messing with his cassette player. And hitting him in the gut with the stun baton. The monitors in the background of the first picture show the Nova Corps emblem.
Gamora, offered without comment.
A ship attacking a city with a bunch of drones.
Thanos’ daughter — at least in the comics — Nebula (Karen Gillan). Things do not look good for that Nova Corps officer. It makes me wonder if the Novas have their comic book powers in this interpretation.
Korath in pursuit!
Drax wrecking shop at the ruined temple from earlier.
The Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy —
— though it looks as though Nebula might disagree.
It’s difficult to tell who’s about to choke-slam Drax, here. Based on the apparent implants on the side of the head, I’m going to guess it’s Nebula.
Edit: It’s been pointed out to me that the weapon in the obscured character’s hand strongly resembles the Universal Weapon, meaning that the character is very likely Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Big thanks to the user Gallerbound, for being the first to mention it.
Ostensibly the mastermind — based on his appearance in Thor: The Dark World — plotting everything behind the scenes, the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). In the comics, the Collector is an Elder of the Universe, one of a group of ancient beings who are able to live forever by pursuing a goal with a single minded obsession. As his name indicates, the Collector collects things.
Quill at the helm of a spaceship. He has the Star-Lord emblem on his shoulder.
Drax, looking like he’s about to go destroy some fool.
Back to the ruins, this time with Groot throwing some guy across them.
Star-Lord on the same rainy planet as Korath.
Rocket unleashing hell. It looks like this may be during the prison riot.
Quill in his Star-Lord mask. The door is the same as the ones in the Nova Corps prison.
Rhomann Dey explaining to the officer that the prisoners call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy. I have to admit, I’m a bit put off by the officer’s use of the term “a-holes.” I guess if nothing else, human and Xanderian culture can find similar ground in the derogatory terms we use.
I love Quill’s yawn here.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the Marvel film I’ve been the most excited and the most concerned about. I loved the DnA run that spun out of Annihilation: Conquest but I wasn’t sure how the concept would translate to film. This trailer makes me think that maybe all my worries were for nothing. The movie looks like it’s going to be fun, funny, wonderfully crazy space opera, and August 1st cannot get here soon enough.
What did you think of the trailer? Post your comments below! You can view the trailer here.