At this stage, we’ve been so excited for Guardians of the Galaxy for so long, that it’s becoming difficult to come up with new things to say about upcoming cosmic adventure. Initially people were skeptical about bringing one of the lesser-known titles of the Marvel universe to the big screen, but any reservations we had were thrown of the window long, long ago. Everything that the studio has released has looked fantastic, and that includes these two new badass TV spots we have to share with you.
Guardians follows the adventures of a mismatched crew of intergalactic outlaws, including their wiseacre leader Star-Lord (Chris Pratt); green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana); the massive maniac Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista); anthropomorphic raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper); and his BFF, the eight-foot-tall alien tree, Groot (Vin Diesel). It’s an all-star cast playing a weird ass collection of characters, and that sounds like fun to us. In the end, they have to learn to work together in order to save the 12-billion residents of the galaxy from utter annihilation at the hands of the vicious Kree empire, led by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). No pressure or anything like that.
This first short video shows Rocket sitting square in his element: heavily armed and being a smart ass. But he’s far form alone, because the rest of the team does a fair amount of ass kicking of their own. When we talk about the balance of action and sarcastic humor, this is a perfect illustration of what we’re talking about, and this combination is exactly what we’re so excited to see when the film blasts into theaters everywhere next month.
Thus far in the marketing process, Guardians has used music to great effect. Including Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” in the first trailer caused the iTunes sales of that song to spike, another preview featured Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky,” and this quick hitter is no exception. The Runaways’ hard-charging “Cherry Bomb” is the ideal soundtrack for watching Gamora thrash a bunch of people and lament being the only woman stuck in the middle of a bunch of childish dudes. Sometimes it’s hard being the grownup.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens everywhere on August 1, and also stars Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, and even more stars that I know I’m forgetting to list off here. We don’t know if this will be as big a financial success as other Marvel movies, but dammit if we’re not excited.