If the sheer amount of marketing unleashed for Guardians of the Galaxy is any indication, Marvel is not going to be happy that their latest cinematic endeavor is only tracking for a $60 million opening weekend. They’re swinging for the fences and going to do everything they possibly can to pound their upcoming space adventure into your subconscious until, whether your want to or not, your body will just wake up and walk to the theater on its own when the film opens in a few weeks. So far most of the attention has been paid to the heroes of the film, which is understandable, they’ll get most of the screen time and the core group is made up of some rather unique characters, but with these new posters, three of the main villains get their day in the sun.
Yesterday you saw posters for some of the smaller characters, including Nova Prime (Glenn Close), Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly), and Yondu (Michael Rooker). They were pretty cool, but checking out these baddies up close and personal like is enough to get your juices flowing, and I can’t wait to see Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and company come to blows with this collection of enemies.
First up is Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the primary antagonist and main bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy. A member of the might Kree Empire, Ronan had a distinguished career as part of the Kree Public Accuser Corps, a kind of military police force, which led to a meteoric rise in rank and status. Then he tried to star a civil war and shit got wacky.
Djimon Hounsou plays Korath the Pursuer, who, in the comics, is a kind of bounty hunter for the Kree Empire, and as we’ve seen in numerous trailers and TV spots, he spends a fair amount of time chasing after Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians team.
Karen Gillan caught a gang of shit from Doctor Who fans when she shaved off her trademark red hair for the role of Nebula. That’s dumb because, one, it’s hair, it grows back; and two, because she looks awesome with a shaved head. Paint her blue, give her some swords, and have fight with Zoe Saldana’s green assassin Gamora, and we’re good.
Those two have history together, as both were adopted and raised by Thanos the Mad Titan (Josh Brolin). They were like sisters before Gamora decided to strike out on her own, and as many of us know first hand, no one fights with the same ferocity as siblings. Considering that, and the fact that they’re both total badass killing machines, when they run into each other, things are going to get exciting.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Benicio Del Toro, and opens everywhere on August 1.