‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Teaser Promises Explosions, Sentient Trees

Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy

Following the success of The Avengers, Marvel has a lot to live up to in terms of rolling out their new phases of entertainment. Their latest superhero ensemble venture, Guardians of the Galaxy, is the next chance for the company to prove that they’re “more than these five franchises.” At this point, though, there’s only a brief, 15 second teaser trailer to analyze, giving us just the smallest glimpse of the film. But it does hit some of the more important notes — like Vin Diesel as a sentient tree man or Bradley Cooper contributing as the littlest hero of all, a genetically engineered alien named Rocket Raccoon.

The teaser aims to answer the question asked during the first seconds of the trailer: “Who are you?” Well, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Diesel and Cooper have offered up a few bullet points that consist of chaos and destruction, firepower, genetic engineering, some masterful weaponry and teamwork.

Though the full-length trailer isn’t appearing until tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when Pratt shows up to present it, we can still make due with some new stills from the James Gunn film featuring the whole team and just a little bit of their universe. In the first shot, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Groot and Drax the Destroyer stride together, presumably after breaking out of the intergalactic space prison Kyln and setting off to visit the land of Knowhere to visit the Collector (Benecio del Toro).

The film follows the five as they pilot their “muscle car of a  spacecraft,” the Milano, as they cruise the galaxy and avoid villains Ronan and Nebula (Lee Pace and Karen Gillian), who seek to capture Star-Lord’s mysterious orb, an artifact with the power to destroy the universe. Star-Lord, real name Peter Quill, is a child of the 80s who was taken from planet Earth as a 9-year-old and raised in space.

We’ll have to wait for tonight’s full-length trailer before getting a better grasp on the film’s tone or content, but at this point, it looks like an unusual superhero flick to say the least. Guardians of the Galaxy is due in theaters August 1st.

Guardians of the Galaxy ship

Guardians of the Galaxy team

Images courtesy of Marvel and USA Today

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