Guardians Of The Galaxy trailer analysis

Feature James Hunt 20 Feb 2014 - 06:28

The trailer for James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy is finally here. James takes a closer look...

If you haven't heard of Guardians Of The Galaxy, you're not alone. Even by the already obscure standards of the Marvel Universe, the Guardians have, historically, been a pretty marginal team. Of course, it wasn't so long ago that Iron Man was considered a second-stringer behind the likes of the Fantastic Four and Daredevil. Things change. By now, you've probably seen the trailer and are wondering what hints you can get about the film from it.

As one of the site's resident Marvel nerds, I'm here to tell you.

Infinite Jest

The end of Avengers marked the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's much-hyped Phase 2, introducing Thanos and with it, the promise of the Infinity Gauntlet. Thor: The Dark World followed this up by telling us that the Tesseract and Aether were both Infinity Gems. Since The Infinity Gauntlet is a cosmic saga, and the Guardians are out there in the wider cosmos, there's a good chance Guardians will expand this mythos substantially.

Our bet is that this intricately-decorated sphere might just be the third infinity gem. After all, The Collector is in this film too, and we already know from the end of Thor: The Dark World that he's after the others…

Star quality

Chris Pratt is best known as That Guy From Parks And Rec, but here he's Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, the legendary outlaw. At least, in his own mind. The fact that his attackers seem unsure of who he is seems like no coincidence, given that most of the people watching the movie will be similarly baffled. Of course, with Pratt's slacker-everyman charm and Gunn's self-evidently hilarious script, it's safe to say you'll know the name Star Lord by the end of it.

…And the rest

If you've seen the trailer you've already been introduced to the good guys – Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot – but this film is loaded with characters taken from the comics, not least of which are the villains. In case you somehow missed it, here are a few:

Karen Gillan as Nebula. In the comics, she's described as Thanos' "granddaughter" – a cold, sadistic killer. In this movie she's teamed up with Ronin The Accuser (played by Lee Pace) and there's no guarantee Thanos will appear or even be mentioned. But frankly, with a character like this around, we'd be surprised if it didn't come up at some point.

Another comics character, although this time it's one who looks a little different from his comics incarnation: Korath the Pursuer, doing some pursuing. He's a Kree agent, and therefore very likely to be part of Ronan's crew as well. Whether he's actually Kree is debatable. His underlings have been referred to as Sakaaran in leaked toy fair material. Marvel nerds will remember that Sakaar is the eponymous "Planet Hulk", although we reckon the chances of that appearing in the movie are slim to nil (though it does recall those old Planet Hulk movie rumours of a while back…)

We already saw him in the Thor: The Dark World stinger scene, but Benicio Del Toro as The Collector is back here (surprising no one). This shot appears to have been taken in The Collector's menagerie, and while we can't really see what's in the background, it'd be a prime place to store a few easter eggs for Marvel fans once we actually get a look inside. If you wondered how far they're going to expand the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this'd be the place to look.

Of Corps

Peter Serafinowicz has some of the best lines in this trailer, but in case you're wondering who he is and what he's doing, the chest logo here suggests that these guys are members of the Nova Corps, a group of interstellar police who maintain order in the galaxy. The reason their presence is particularly interesting, though, is because they're also the organisation behind a different headlining Marvel hero: Nova, the Nova Corps member for Earth. In terms of world-building, if Guardians does well it'd be a reasonably good bet that we'll see Nova turn up in the second movie, if not his own spin-off altogether.


So what don't we see in this trailer? Ronin, the film's main villain, is conspicuously absent. Bradley Cooper is doing the voice of Rocket Raccoon, though any dialogue by him was missing from this trailer – though Drax didn't get any lines either. The other CGI character, Groot, only ever says one thing ("I am Groot!") so perhaps it's no surprise that we don't get to hear Vin Diesel's rendition of that. Gotta save something for the ticket-buying public, after all. And, of course, there's no look at Glenn Close, who's playing Nova Prime, the head of the Nova Corps.

It's likely that we'll see some, if not all of that in the next trailer, which is undoubtedly coming out in a few months, closer to release. But it's fair to say this one has already given us plenty to chew on. If this trailer hasn't got you interested in the Guardians, we're not sure what more could do it!

Guardians Of The Galaxy is due for release on August 1st, 2014.

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Great breakdown, though I think we did get a peek at Ronan, actually. Wasn't he the one holding up Draw by his neck for a few seconds?

Sorry, that should have been 'Drax'.

Karen definately looks the part of Nebula. I wonder if they will keep her scottish accent or go down the Ray Park/Darth Maul route...Hope not.

Voiced by Peter Serafinowicz no less!

Everything about this makes me happy

Do the Nova Corps' chest plates make anyone else think of Half Life for some reason? ;)

Nice to see a trailer without plot spoilers for a change - as a Guardians noob this has piqued my interest without making me feel like I've already seen the film. Time to bury my head in the sand until release date!

Now activating cryo-chube for 165 days.

Somehow I can't see a Scottish Nebula. Well, not an Inverness accent anyway, Glaswegian on t'other hand...

That said Karen's pretty good at accents so I'm sure she'll just do something appropriate. Frankly hearing what she comes up with is one of the (many) things I'm looking forward to!

I wish mantis were in it

What is Groot and Drax looking at when their in the line up. Both of them are looking to the right.

Yeah, I think it was him. Very much a blink and you miss it moment. No reference to Quill giving the bird? His face is priceless. Could Pratt be in two huge comedies in the same year? (I am going with the assumption that this will be more funny/action than just straight action)

Well I've watched some of the Marvel movies over the years (typically on flights when I need something dumb to kill time) and can't say I'm a big fan of the genre at all. But I do love sci-fi and this actually might have piqued my interest enough to see it. Thing is, will it work as a stand alone or do i need to be immersed in the wider universe which I find pretty dull and stupid?

This will be fairly standalone I think since it's off away from Earth. Think of it as a Sci-Fi film set in the MCU.

However it will tie in with the overal MCU arc(s); Thanos is likely to be the main bad guy in Avengers 3, an Inifinty Stone will feature, etc

I'm thinking this will feature the 'Time' Infinity Stone.

The more I watched this trailer, the more I liked it. 6 months is too long

The actual Infinity Gauntlet is pretty much just the Guardians, but the climax is set on Earth. It also leads into the Infinity War crossover event, which I'm personally hoping is adapted somehow. Unfortunately it would be an adaptation, as both series feature X-Men as far as I can remember.

Then you can watch winter soldier, dofp, spidey 2, and gotg ALL IN THE DAME DAY.


It's probably not mentioned as his face is pretty much obscured the whole time.

The Infinity Gauntlet book I read didn't have the Guardians in it?

True. Hopefully we'll get a better look in the next trailer.

He could always make an appearance in the sequel.

Not so much an analsis as a brief look. Come on man there's loads of material in that awesome trailer.

I wonder if someone would have to die first. I would say Drax. Not cuz I don't like him or anything, but the revenge thing fits, more than the others I mean, including Gamora. Wife and kids, man. Yeah, he's mad.

By the way, anyone wanting to hear Rocket Raccoon talk should check this out.....

www. youtube. com/watch? v=0Udzfdl2xuw#t=18

(you will need to remove spaces, because Disqus is scared of youtube)

Thank you very much good sir, that was the only thing I really felt was missing in the trailer

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