Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that we can barely wait to finally see. The fact that it doesn’t hit theaters until August 1 seems like a crime against geeks and sci-fi fans everywhere. The comic book studio has given us plenty of fun little goodies and sneak peeks to keep us occupied, but sitting here, right now, in April, August feels like a long way away. The latest bone they’ve thrown us comes in the form of a collection of high-resolution images of the five main characters from director James Gunn’s upcoming adaptation.
These pictures look like the layers that they put over the backgrounds to complete a poster, almost like animation cells, before, you know, computers took over everything. This feels like close up looks at the pieces we’ve already seen in the official poster, but they you get a real feel for the level of detail that the special effects are going to deliver in this film.
Just check out Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). You can practically see every damn hair. He looks so soft and fluffy that you just want to reach out and pet him on the top of the head. Then you see the grim look on his face, not to mention that big ass gun he’s so fond of brandishing, and you reconsider just how adorable you think he actually may be.
Groot, a seven-foot-tall alien tree, and Rocket’s bestest buddy, displays a similar level of detail. You can practically feel the rough bark of his skin. Vin Diesel lends his vocal talents to this character. Though he only says three words, “I am Groot,” he makes them mean just about anything he wants with inflections, intonations, and body language.
I feel like I’m repeating myself, but the most impressive part about this picture of Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer, apart from his insanely massive physique, is the textured feel. You see every one of those raised red bumps that appear to be tattoos or scarification.
Gamora, played by the green-painted Zoe Saldana is like a combination of all of these. Individual strands of hair blow in the breeze, the small ridges on her face are clearly visible to the naked eye, and that doesn’t even take into account the intricate carving on the blade of her sword.
Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord/Peter Quill, may not be as make up and special effects heavy as his counterparts, but the leader of this misfit band of space outlaws, who just may be the last hope to save the universe, certainly looks the part. He’s got that cocky, devil-may-care bravado that makes characters like Han Solo so popular, but as we’ve seen in the trailers he’s also a smartass clown, and maybe a buffoon on top of that.
All in all, these pictures look great, but don’t add anything new to what we already know. What I am excited about is for people who are more artistically inclined that me to take these elements and start making their own Guardians of the Galaxy art. That could lead to some fantastic fun.