Your New Favorite Marvel Movie: Watch the First Trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By February 19, 2014

Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, one of Marvel’s weirder properties (and, yes, no matter how cool it is, it’s admittedly a bit strange to see a gun-toting raccoon and a giant tree man as part of an all-star intergalactic team), have waited nearly a year to see the immensely crowd-pleasing first trailer that wowed audiences back in July at San Diego Comic-Con, and their wishes were finally met on Tuesday.

Jimmy Kimmel presented the first full-length trailer for the summer film on his late night show just last night, and while director James Gunn and his cast and crew had the benefit of more production time to round out the trailer with new material (the film had been shooting for mere days when they showed an early cut of the trailer to an approving Comic-Con crowd), this long look at the project includes nearly everything that impressed an eager audience last summer.

There’s Chris Pratt as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, Zoe Saldana as the last-of-her-kind Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and both Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper contributing to said tree man and gun-toting raccoon (though good luck hearing them). There’s even John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, all there to mix up and mess up the Guardians’ apparent plan to – what? save the universe? or mess it up? unclear as of now – and looking appropriately confused by this ragtag group of misfits.


But what really sets Guardians apart is its hefty reliance on humor, with Pratt earning nothing but grins with his take on Quill, the sort of plucky and punchy dude guy we’ve come to expect from the very funny actor. If the entire film is Pratt careening around the galaxy acting like a space version of his fake FBI agent character Bert Macklin, well, that actually sounds pretty good. Remember how refreshing it was when the first Iron Man went for the laughs? Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be pushing that envelope into majorly galactic proportions.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1.

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Kate Erbland
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  • Andrew L Gonzalez

    FIRE IT UP! Their response at the Comic-Con was explosive. Again a rather obscure team from the minds of Marvel, but believe me it should not disappoint. If it keeps to the offbeat sense of humor and seats of the pants approach to their encounters it could be great