ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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If you're not terribly familiar with Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, here it is: A talking tree, an anthropomorphic raccoon, a rag-tag bunch of no-name space misfits led by affable goofball Chris Pratt as the new gang expected to replace our iconic Avengers, a main baddie who is described as "a complete psychopath," and Benicio del Toro sporting the gaudiest bleach job the world has ever seen. All with possible lunatic (I mean that in the best of ways) at the helm.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is by far Marvel's riskiest venture to date. Do you love the Marvel Cinematic Universe for its noble superheroes? The tights and capes? Watching cities get annihilated (again)? The love stories between the god-like heroes and damsels in distress? You do?

Well, too bad. You're not getting any of that with Guardians.

What we will get, however, is a balls-to-the-wall space epic that has the cheeky wit of the MCU, along with truly three-dimensional, delightfully weird characters, and what should be some visually spectacular action sequences. Combine this with a director well known for his iron-fisted grasp of the subversive slacker vibe, and Guardians is shaping up to be the Marvel film we didn't know we wanted, but have desperately needed since the Avengers-centric films have started to become predictable. Fear not, ye tired comic book moviegoers, for I say unto thee: Guardians of the Galaxy will inject new life into the superhero film, offering a unique twist on subject matter that has started to feel a bit retreaded.

I've basically been nerdgasming out about Guardians of the Galaxy since this summer, and the time that's passed has only fueled my already acute case of Marvel geek-itis. Move over, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and make way for the Galaxy's Mightiest Heroes.

If you don't feel a wry grin appear on your face at 's "What a bunch of a-holes," then plan a funeral service, because your inner child has clearly laid down and died.

(Fun sidenote: Serafinowicz sounds quite a bit like when saying that line, so the scene becomes exponentially more fun if you imagine it's Malkovich himself.)


Oh, and in case you're wondering, the comics also have a telepathic dog with a Russian accent wearing a space suit. So there's already something to look forward to in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


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