With Captain America: The Winter Solider in theaters, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” batting clean-up on the small screen, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which is, ya know, sorta Marvel), it’s just about time that we turn our attentions to the next Marvel movie set to hit the big screen (read: bonafide entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon), the wacky and wonderful-sounding Guardians of the Galaxy.
The James Gunn-directed feature is a departure in a number of ways — it takes place in space, it features a cast of misfits, and there’s even a talking raccoon thing (voiced by Bradley Cooper, voice of talking raccoon things everywhere). But it is very much a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means that people who want to stay on top of things need to see it. Basically, this thing is as essential as, oh, something like The Avengers, even if sounds just totally weird.
But weird is good! And you know who else might turn out to see it? People who aren’t otherwise sold on Marvel stuff but just want to see Chris Pratt in the leading role he’s long deserved. This film could bring people together, you guys. No, really. With all of those things in mind — its place in the MCU, space, its offbeat spirit, Chris Pratt in a leading role, Bradley Cooper yelping into a mic, and also Vin Diesel playing a tree — Marvel unveiled a new look at the film on last night’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Take a look!
As ever, the film looks like a healthy mix of weird, important, and just plain fun. It sure sounds like one heck of a bridge film between the tough events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the presumably also tough events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will arrive in May of next year.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1.
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