I remember a time when James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was just a blip on the horizon, and only the most hardcore comic fans were familiar with them. Now we’re just a little over a month away from the film’s release, and I’m honestly still not sure if audiences around the country have figured this squad out yet, but it looks like the guys at Entertainment Tonight have a good idea.
Their behind-the-scenes clip, seen above, is a perfect introduction to this vivid crew; and not just because it gives us a few new bits to revel over, like hearing Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) talk about how much he likes when things get hurt, right before he blows some shit to smithereens. That one part, in a nutshell, is what makes this movie sound so damned fun. While I’m a Batman fanatic, I am positively dreading Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, because the sheer broodingness within that movie has already become palpable over a year before its release. Sometimes we need our comic book movies to be as colorful and exciting as the comic books they come from, rather than true crime mysteries.
I felt it was okay to compare comic book characters there, since the ET hosts make their own comparisons. It seems silly to say Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt) is like “Captain America with an attitude,” since his entire personality and character motivations are different, or that Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is like Black Widow, simply because she’s the ass-kicking female in the group. But they’re giving us new footage, so we’ll allow whatever they want to say. Still, it’s funny that they call Gamora “sexy” just before they show this pained and somewhat unflattering shot.
We get to see Gamora and Peter mix it up a bit in the violence department, and it looks like she comes out on top, since one of Quill’s issues is with learning from his mistakes. It’s unfortunate that, once again, the promos are focused entirely on the good guys instead of the villains, since Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser and his cohort Nebula (Karen Gillan) rudely get the short shrift every time.
Even the extended TV spot, seen below, seems to intentionally hide the faces of the people that are getting pummeled by the Guardians. But still, I could watch this supergroup kick faceless asses all day, and I’m guessing the lack of villain coverage in the trailers will make their presence in the film all the more exciting. (That glass there, it’s half-full.)
Take a ride with Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Gamora (and Nathan Fillion) when Guradians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1.