Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has built up some solid online buzz over the last few months, thanks to a barrage of snarky-awesome trailers and director James Gunn’s ongoing interactions with the fans via social media like Twitter and Facebook. Now the flick’s got a new upcoming promotional stunt that makes use of another day-to-day technological staple: Skype. Gunn has invited fans to submit their best Guardians question for the cast and crew, and one winner will get to join the movie’s cast on a Skype conference call later this summer.
If you think you’ve got the perfect winning question, all you’ve got to do is record your video message and send it along to the Guardians camp. You can find details about how to do that right here, and submissions are due by Friday, July 11.
I’m thinking this could be really awesome or really damn awkward, depending on the fan that wins. I mean, just think about the sort of questions that inevitably sneak through during Q&As at conventions. “Will you go out with me?” “I have this script I wrote that I think you’d be perfect for…” “Hi, I’ve got a cursory question that I’m just using as an excuse to say the name of my website/podcast/Instagram/etc.” I’m sure part of the process will be trying to weed out the crazy types, but sometimes the crazy types are really good at hiding their craziness until it’s ready to pounce.
Guardians is also running a Skype-related contest for cosplayers. For the first round of the competition, they’ve invited cosplayers to dress up as their favorite Guardians character and then send them a pic via Skype chat. The pictures are due in by July 7, and 10 finalists will be picked for a chance to win “awesome prizes.” You can do that here.
Last but not least, Skype has posted some exclusive Guardians movie artwork you can use as Skype avatars or what-have-you. Check ’em out below.
Equipped with high-tech weaponry, a dependable starship and a mix-tape of music from home, the headstrong Star-Lord must rally an unlikely team of misfits — Guardians of the Galaxy — for an all-or-nothing attempt to protect the cosmos.
For years Gamora has used her formidable fighting skills and master swordsmanship, earning her the reputation of the ‘most dangerous woman in the universe.’
The heavily tattooed Drax has long relied upon his proficiency in battle and his razor-sharp blades to do his talking for him.
Despite his diminutive stature and raccoon-like appearance, the scrappy mercenary known as Rocket possesses a remarkable mastery of munitions and battle tactics.
The taciturn Groot makes up for his limited vocabulary with his ability to grow and manipulate his giant bark-covered form as needed.