It should be readily apparent to anyone who visits this site on a regular basis that we’re really god damned excited for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. From top to bottom, the whole thing looks totally fantastic, but we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t most pumped up to see Rocket Raccoon and his BFF and partner in crime Groot. How can you go wrong with a smart ass anthropomorphic raccoon with a penchant for stealing cars and heavy weaponry, teaming up with a giant alien tree who only says one thing, “I am Groot.” Now these two have their very own poster as they find themselves front and center in this new one sheet.
Fandango will debut similar character posters all week long, and this is the first. The image shows the two hooligans doing what they do best, facing down horrendous odds, blasting away, and sneering. We like to imagine that if we could hear what’s going on here, there would be swears, so, so many swears. Or at least Groot’s equivalent of profanity. Voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively, these two are the perfect choice to kick off this series of posters.
Guardians focuses on a rag tag group of space outlaws that includes Rocket and Groot, their sarcastic leader, Star-Lord, AKA Peter Jason Quill (Chris Pratt); a badass green-skinned assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana); and a blue, heavily-tattooed madman, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Given this assortment of scofflaws and punks, the description “a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac,” is entirely apt.
When the team steals a mysterious orb, one that many comic book fans suspect is one of the Infinity Gems, it kicks off a galaxy wide manhunt. Hunted by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and the mighty Kree Empire, the Guardians and their conflicting personalities will have to figure out how to work together and save the day. We just might be completely, totally boned. Then again, they might just pull it off and surprise everyone.
While this is the first in a new line of posters, if you want to see more fantastic Guardians art work, check out this collection we told you about last week from Poster Posse. The film features an all-star cast that also includes Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin playing Thanos “The Mad Titan” for the first time in what promises to be an important run for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy opens everywhere on August 1.