The Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If you haven’t heard of it yet, well you’re welcome. It is being hyped up as one the most original and different Marvel movie to date. This movie has cause more than a little confusion among the general public since they are such an obscure property. Don’t worry though, there are a couple of reason why you should be excited about GOTG
First, it has possibly one of the greatest casts in any Marvel movie. Chris Pratt (Parks & Rec, Zero Dark Thirty, The Deliveryman) plays the teams leader, Peter Jason Quill. Quill is pretty much a cross between Malcom Reynolds (Firefly) and Han Solo (Star Wars). With Chris Pratt bringing this character to life we should be seeing the perfect mix of intense action star with goofball antics. Zoe Saldana (The Losers, Avatar, Star Trek) is a proven action actress. Her representation of Uhura is my personal favorite of her current roles. She has the acting chops to add depth to a character that could very easily be limited to a pretty but deadly face. Dave Bautista (The Man with Iron Fists, Riddick) has very recently just burst onto the acting scene from WWE platform. While his acting skills may still be in question, his physicality is not. The only one who might beat him at this would The Rock, but that’s a little unfair since The Rock is more of demi-god than human (See Hercules). Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, The A-Team, American Hustle) and Vin Diesel (The Fast & The Furious, Riddick, The Pacifier) play Rocket Raccoon and Groot respectively. To put this in slightly simpler terms, Cooper is playing a talking raccoon while Diesel is playing a space ent that says three words “I am Groot”. If that doesn’t get you on board than just know that they have the best bromance going on since J.D. and Turkleton. Now these are just the heroes. On the villains side of things you Lee Pace (Halt and Catch Fire, Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit) playing an alien warlord with a hammer that would make Thor weep. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Oculus) plays the step-sister to Zoe’s character who have both been trained at birth in constant competition to be assassins for the big MCU baddie Thanos. Thanos himself is being played by Josh Brolin (Men In Black 3, Oldboy, Gangster Squad) another actor who is quickly rising in popularity. Now these, are just a few of the main characters. You also have Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, and John C. Reilly all portraying a vast array of characters.
If the above cast isn’t enough to get you excited than let me tell you about the source material. The GOTG are a group of misfit heroes. They were originally brought together when a race of sentient machines, think the Borg or Replicants, essentially capture an entire sector of the galaxy by putting it out of sync with reality (it’s comic book science, just go with it). They were all prisoners brought together as a disposable unit that could be sent into battle with low tech weaponry to fight the robots. Quill, Rocket, and Groot were the only members that were part of the original team that are also in the movie. Gamora and Drax join later when they have to start fighting Thanos and safe the universe from a rip in the space-time continuum. Obviously, the movie isn’t quite going with such a large scope. Instead, the movie will focus on their conflict with Thanos and more importantly, with trying to keep one of the Infinity Gems from him. This all ties into the overall plan with the MCU but I’ll talk more about that later. Now, the original GOTG were actually in the 31st century and battled an evil race that was seeking to take over the universe. They don’t have too much of a role in this movie, however they are bringing one or two of the original characters into this movie. To summarize, take the A-Team, combine it with the Ocean’s team and you have GOTG. If there is something in that sentence you don’t like well then lets talk about the director and his vision.
James Gunn is kind of the wild card when it come to GOTG. With not much experience under his belt in terms of big blockbuster hits, everyone involved with the MCU from Joss Whedon to various Avengers all swear by James Gunn’s interpretation. He has stated that instead of trying to normalize the GOTG so that the movie is easier to swallow for audiences, he is embracing the weirdness that is. In fact, he has gone on record many times that Rocket Raccoon and Groot are the heart and soul of the movie. This could mean a lot of things but what is really important is that James Gunn isn’t afraid to try something different. Superhero movies have begun to grow stale often following the same formula regardless if they are Marvel or DC. With GOTG, the genre will be shaken up. It means Marvel is testing the waters to see how far off the path they can go and still produce hit after hit. If all goes well, GOTG will open a new door for the genre allowing it to expand and grow beyond its standard formula.
The Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1st.