You know how you can tell the different between a name-brand product and a generic product by the amount of imagery on the packaging? I couldn’t help but think about that while looking at the Guardians of the Galaxy poster seen above, released as an official international one sheet. If it looks extremely awkward to you, you’re not alone or crazy.
Marvel’s next big-screen extravaganza Guardians of the Galaxy is a space-faring epic, filled with superheroes, supervillains, and one hell of a lot of guns. The trailers are packed with weaponized mayhem, with almost every look at the film focusing on just how big Rocket Raccoon’s gun is. (“Oh, yeahhhhh.”) Yet you’ll notice not a single gun, bomb, or even a space box cutter is brandished in the poster. (Though Gamora does have one on her belt.)
Now, we’re perfectly fine with a gun-free poster, as it’s not like anyone is taking all of the action out of the film itself. But I don’t understand why they didn’t just get a guy to come up with a different poster type, instead of just Photoshopping the Groot-shit out of the previously released exercise in vividness seen below.
The weapons were literally and painstakingly removed by someone sitting at a computer with nothing but a paycheck to worry about. As if that didn’t look bad enough, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord clumsily inserted into the pic with a completely different non-action pose, and the entire background is different and extremely boring. No planets, no colors, and just one spaceship to be found.
We all know the story by now, right? Star-Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon are a kick-ass group of misfits who are protecting an ancient orb from a deadly villain named Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and his equally deadly second banana Nebula (Karen Gillan). The film also stars such recognizable faces as Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, and Djimon Hounsou (with a special cameo from Nathan Fillion and Josh Brolin as the voice of Thanos). Check out the latest trailer below.
Find James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy with their guns blazing when the film is released in theaters around the country on August 1. And don’t forget that the film will be previewing almost 20 minutes of footage in IMAX theaters on July 7, just in case any of you are extremely die-hard fans who can’t wait a few more weeks.