Bit by bit, Marvel has begun unravelling their latest and most adventurous property yet, Guardians of the Galaxy. In their current phase, the studio arm of Marvel Comics is venturing from Earth and its Avengers to the cosmos, where any number of unique characters inhabit any number of interesting worlds. As we’re about to see later this summer in James Gunn’s Guardians film, this can even include the existence of a talking raccoon and his pal, a sentient tree.
With the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer out and making waves across the Internet, Marvel has followed up by releasing the film’s first poster as well as five new character featurettes introducing us to our new heroes. There’s Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation); the assassin Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana (Star Trek); the brutish and tortured Drax the Destroyer, played by pro wrestler Dave Bautista; the hot-tempered Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper; and Groot, a walking, talking tree voiced by Vin Diesel.
Now that we know their names, let’s meet the team…
Drax the Destroyer
Here is the official synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy:
“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.” – Walt Disney Studios
And the brand new poster:
Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters on August 1, 2014. Images courtesy of Marvel/Disney.