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So what have you all been up to today? It’s raining something fierce here in Portland, so today was a three movie day for me. First up was Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, and happily it was pretty fantastic. Few actors play malicious, foul-mouthed pricks as well as Bateman. After that I watched the new Criterion Blu-ray of Michael Mann’s debut, Thief. I’d never seen it before, but it should surprise no one when I say I loved it. The visual stylings, themes, and preferred pacing that would go on to mark his career are all present in his first film. Amazing stuff. Finally, I watched one from way back in Brian De Palma’s career with Arrow’s new Blu-ray of Phantom of the Paradise. It’s an interesting and somewhat fun watch, but it’s easy to see why it hasn’t caught on as anything more than a cult classic.

Anyway. Here’s that trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy that you’ve all been waiting for.

As someone who’s never read the comics and had no clue what to expect I can safely say that this looks like it could be pretty fun. The trailer’s not great in general (again, as someone with no history of the material), but the visuals are sharp and exciting and the cast is obviously appealing from the leads on down to the supporting players. A shortlist includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz (whose sole line from the trailer has been re-purposed for the title of this post) plus the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Director James Gunn may not have been the obvious choice for a Marvel property, but he definitely appears to have the right comic sensibilities for this one. It looks like a mix of The A-Team and Indiana Jones by way of The Ice Pirates, and if that’s even partially true then I’m in for the ride.

One question though. Whose arm is that at the 42 second mark using their wrist doodad to open the door? It’s nobody in that scene which means whoever cut the trailer just wanted us to hear the whoosh sound of a door opening. Anyway. I got nothing.

Marvel’s official synopsis and some additional new stills are below.

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.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace,  Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1st, 2014.


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