On Monday, after you’ve all had the full weekend to go see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes a couple of times, can we just collectively agree to all get in a time machine (I envision a really big DeLorean) and make it August 1? We’re moderately interested to see movies like Lucy and The Purge: Anarchy, but what we really want is to finally see Guardians of the Galaxy, the whole summer has been building to that. I think that is the best move for all of us. The more that comes out, and Marvel has unleashed a massive torrent of promotion for the adaptation of one of their lesser-known titles, the more incredible this movie looks. Today’s installment brings gets you up close and personal with Zoe Saldana’s badass assassin Gamora.
I’m not a woman. That much about me should be readily apparent. But if you take all of my female friends collectively, one of their least favorite things is when random strange dudes tell them, “You’re pretty, you should smile more,” or something along those lines. (Weirdly enough, I don’t smile often, but no one says that to me, maybe it’s because I look like I might stab you.) If you know what I’m talking about, you can’t help but cringe as this featurette begins and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) tells Gamora that “You’re a good looking girl, you should try to be more nice to people.” While many of the women I know are total badasses in their own right, and honestly might cut you, none of them are renowned intergalactic assassins. So when the next shot is Gamora burying her boot in Star-Lord’s breadbasket, you’re not terribly surprised.
That’s also one hell of a way to start out this quick introduction one of our most anticipated new movie characters of the summer. Gamora grew up raised by the villain Thanos, who will be played from here on out by Josh Brolin, alongside of Nebula (Karen Gillan). Though the two were brought up as sisters, when she got old enough, Gamora hit the road to make try to make her own way, but with her upbringing, you understand why she may be guarded and distrustful.
Gamora may be able to totally thrash you, but, as Saldana says, she still has a heart of gold, which is probably why she joins this rag-tag crew of space outlaws on a hopeless mission to save the world. This goodness shows through in clips from the film when she says things like, “I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies, I will be grateful to die among my friends.”
Not only does this video reaffirm that Gamora is going to kick all over the screen and be a fun addition to an action-centric film, but you get an idea of her character beyond that surface stuff. And from what we can see, there’s a great deal more than just green skin and violence, which makes her an even more interesting, exciting character to watch.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and many more, and opens everywhere August 1.