Marvel is preparing to blast their cinematic universe deep into space with their upcoming adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy. Not one of their most well known titles, especially among mainstream audiences, the movie arm of the comic book giant is doing everything in their power to make sure you know about this movie. There have been numerous comic tie ins, tons of posters, many trailers, and now these two new TV spots.
Both of these take a similar approach, introducing you to the gang of mismatched hooligans who form the core of the team and the story. There’s the leader, Star-Lord AKA Peter Jason Quill (Chris Pratt); a green-skinned intergalactic assassin, Gamora (Zoe Saldana); Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a big blue maniac; an anthropomorphic, car-stealing raccoon named Rocket (Bradley Cooper); and an eight-foot-tall alien tree, Groot (Vin Diesel).
Through a series of events that include stealing a mysterious orb that may be one of the Infinity Gems, this rag tag gang of lunatics and miscreants hold the fate of 12 billion people in their sketchy hands, at least according to Glenn Close’s Nova Prime Rael. Even they can’t believe someone would give them that job. No pressure or anything, just the continued survival of our way of life. The introductions here are quick and to the point, and they don’t even really bother to present Rocket or Groot. Just showing them off you get the point; once you lay eyes on them, what else is there really to say?
This second spot takes a similar approach, but arrives in a slightly longer form. You also get a better look at some of the supporting players, including Lee Pace’s villain, Ronan the Accuser, a warrior from the Kree Empire. There’s also a quick glimpse of the Collector (Benicio del Toro), who you may or may not remember as that creepy looking dude in the post credits scene from Thor: The Dark World. The Guardians may be a made up of “a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac,” but they not sociopaths and don’t want to see Ronan and company kill everyone, even if John C. Reilly thinks sending them in is a bad idea. And as usual, there’s definitely not nearly enough of Karen Gillan as the bald-headed badass Nebula.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy opens everywhere later this summer on August 1.