Marvel dropped another trailer for their upcoming superhero space opera, Guardians of the Galaxy, earlier today. But if you still don't know you're Star-Lords from your Ronan the Accusers then you've come to the right place.
Come take our hand as we go on a 60-second journey of discovery through Marvel's most madcap movie to date. When we're done you'll be able to impress your buddies with your in-depth knowledge of the Guardians, thus ensuring you're status as the coolest cat in your group.*
- The Guardians of the Galaxy are probably the strangest ragtag bunch of heroes ever assembled under the Marvel banner. As well as their charismatic, earthling leader, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), there's the ass-kicking, green-skinned assassin, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the ass-kicking green-skinned warrior, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a monosyllabic talking tree called Groot (Vin Diesel) and possibly the most badass talking fur-ball ever seen on the big screen.
- Which brings us to Rocket. The wise-cracking, trigger-happy raccoon is voiced by Bradley Cooper and is probably going to be your favorite movie character this year.
- It wouldn't be a Marvel movie without a big bad for the good guys to go up against - and Guardians of the Galaxy features the biggest and baddest of the lot: Thanos, the Mad Titan. He was last seen at the end of The Avengers and is very bad news for anybody who's a fan of not dying.
- Thanos isn't working alone though: he's got dastardly support from Ronan the Accuer (Lee Pace), a Guardians-hunting admiral, and Nebula (a shaven-headed - and very blue - Karen Gillan), who, in the comics, is a sadistic killer who used to cruise around the galaxy with Gamora fucking shit up.
- Speaking of Gamora, she's the "adopted daughter" of Thanos.
- GotG is written and directed by James Gunn, who's previous credits include the satirical, ultra-violent Slither - as well as the two live-action Scooby Doo movies. Don't let that put you off though: Gunn was hand-picked to direct by Joss Whedon himself and when he gave in the first draft for GotG, his feedback from the studio was, "This is great: can we get more James Gunn".
- This movie is probably Marvel's biggest risk to date. Not only is it based on a lesser-known source material, but it's the first Marvel movie to be set entirely away from Earth. Here's hoping that in space, GotG can make the box office scream.
[Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) opens in theaters August 1.
*Editor's note: Ensuring cat status - cool or otherwise - cannot be guaranteed.