Guardians of the Galaxy is coming soon—August 1 will be here before you know it—and Marvel is gearing up to unleash their cosmic adventure. The movie is about mismatched group of space outlaws who come together for a greater purpose, to save the galaxy, and now the studio is teaming up with some other partners to celebrate and support young people doing what they can to save this world. Check out this video feature called “Guardians of Good.”
The video starts off with like a standard behind the scenes feature, with key members of the cast and crew, like director James Gunn, and stars Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel, discussing the film. They talk about the unlikely crew that includes a petty thief, Star-Lord (Pratt); a green-skinned assassin, Gamora (Zoe Saldana); a large blue maniac, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista); and two hooligans, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his eight-foot-tall alien tree BFF, Groot (Diesel).
The early portion of the video shows off some footage form the film, as well as some behind the scenes stuff. There are a couple of views of places like the editing suite and the like, but the coolest thing here is a couple of quick glimpses of Gunn and company filming some of the model work. They don’t really dig into the subject, but it’s fun to catch a peek at an element of making this kind of film that you don’t see too often.
While the Guardians come together when they find something bigger than themselves worth fighting for and aren’t going to stand by and let evil wipe out the galaxy, neither should you. Marvel is teaming up with companies like Dolby and Visa to celebrate and support young people who are using “service, science, and innovation to make the world a better place.
In conjunction with the film, they’re staging a contest for kids 14-18 who are working to make their communities a better place. It will provide the opportunity for these folks to connect with other likeminded people, meet with Peer Guides who are doing similar good works, and generally do some networking and gather additional inspiration. The bulk of the video gives you an overview of the application process, and talks about what the actual program will look like.
Because this is a contest, you can also win some incredible prizes. There will be five overall winners, though the focus is more on building a network of do-gooders. You can win a trip to the world premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in Hollywood and even walk the red carpet. In addition to that, there are also trips to the Guardians of Good Innovation & Service Summit at Walt Disney Studios, and you can even host a special screening of the film in your own hometown.