You didn’t really expect to go an entire day and not see something new from Guardians of the Galaxy, did you? The frequency with which Marvel has been dumping promotion on us is nothing short of impressive. Just the fact that they can churn out the sheer quantity they have, and that it’s all been fun, informative, and hasn’t gotten stale yet, is a feat in and of itself. Today they’re back with the first official clip as well as one more in a long line of character posters.
It’s been interesting to watch the evolution of the promotion for Guardians. This isn’t one of Marvel’s most known titles. There is a long, varied history, and the comic plays an important part in many larger storylines in the comic book universe, but as far a name recognition goes, it pales in comparison to the likes of Captain America, The Avengers, Thor, and the others. As a result, much of the early marketing focused on introducing the key players including Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).
The studio wants you to get to know these folks before getting more in depth. As we get closer, there has been more revealed about the story, the villains, the world, and smaller, more nuanced elements. This clip is a prime example of this. You’ve seen pieces of this action in previous trailers and TV spots, but this longer look provides a more complete look at the scene.
The plot of Guardians revolves around Star-Lord, also known as Peter Jason Quill, a petty thief who kicks off a larger adventure when he steals this mysterious orb. Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), a kind of bounty hunter for the Kree Empire, shows up on the scene and causes problems. This video introduces couple of key points for the movie. First, Korath mentions that Ronan will want to talk to the suspect. Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, is the main villain of the movie.
Korath also mentions that Star-Lord is dressed like a Ravager. Fans of the Marvel universe will know that the Ravagers are a gang of interstellar thieves and smugglers led by the blue-skinned, red-mohawked Yondu (Michael Rooker). This provides a piece of Star-Lord’s backstory. Hailing from Earth, he was abducted or taken away as a small child, and in the source material Yondu is the one who initially took him.
If you’re like me, your favorite part of this clip has to be when Star-Lord says, “Ninja Turtle, you better stop poking me.” This is likely a hold over from his childhood on Earth, which also probably accounts for his penchant for cassette tapes and classic rock that we’ve seen on display in other previews. You also have to wonder if this is going to tie into the reported appearance of Howard the Duck sighting we can expect when Guardians of the Galaxy opens wide on August 1. Some suspect that he could have one of the comics or mention the character in dialogue.
Star-Lord isn’t the only interesting character in this film, there are tons, but one we haven’t seen much of lately is Benicio Del Toro’s The Collector. But now he’s now back with his very own character poster. One of the oldest living beings in the universe, The Collector, also known as Taneleer Tivan, has dedicated his life to collecting beings and artifacts, and keeping them safe in an attempt to maintain peace in the galaxy. The Collector is also the first character we met from Guardians of the Galaxy. He showed up in the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World back in November of 2013 and kicked off the rampant speculation and wonder about this latest Marvel adventure.