Marvel released its first trailer for The Guardians of the Galaxy Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The film caps off Marvel’s Phase II rollout of films and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
The trailer opens with Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord trying to poach a floating orb, which recalls Indiana Jones’ adventures in the opening of The Raiders of the Lost Ark, about which writer/director James Gunn said “There is probably no film that influenced me more as a child.”
The trailer makes sure to introduce the five main characters, as The Guardians of the Galaxy does not have the same name recognition of some of Marvel’s other properties and includes a talking raccoon and a walking, tree-like character.
Marvel made light of this fact in the poster released Thursday. The poster reads “From the studio that brought you Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers.” Underneath the five main characters reads “You’re Welcome.”
The ad campaign reflects the characters on which it is based, a group of rag-tag, irreverent criminals. The trailer even introduces them through a police line-up. Let’s meet them.
The Guardians are led by Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord. According to the trailer, Peter Quill is not well known as Star Lord but has hopes of becoming a legendary outlaw. He’s half human, half alien, and is theoretically a member of the royal family on his father’s alien side.
Star Lord is played by Chris Pratt, from NBC’s Parks and Rec. Pratt also led the voice cast in The Lego Movie, which was released earlier this February.
Next is Drax the Destroyer, who is out for revenge after his wife and family were killed. Drax is played by wrestler David Bautista.
Gamora is a deadly soldier and assassin, played by Zoe Saldana. Saldana stars as Uhura in the Star Trek series and also played an alien life form in Avatar.
The last two characters are what make The Guardians of the Galaxy a risky project. Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, is a talking raccoon with some serious anger issues. He has teamed up with Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, who according to the trailer serves as Rocket Raccoon’s “personal houseplant/muscle.”
In addition to the trailer, Marvel also released five videos highlighting each character individually.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will serve as a test for Marvel’s upcoming Phase III films. Phase III consists of lesser known superheroes such as Ant-Man, which is currently being developed by director Edgar Wright.
Those who attended Comic-Con in San Diego last year will notice that several of the shots are from a rough-cut of the trailer shown to fans there, but Gunn has pointed out that there are several new scenes, including the first look at villain Nebula, played by Karen Gillan.
Audiences will have to wait for Marvel to release a second trailer for The Guardians of the Galaxy that will most likely feature additional villains such as Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace. The Guardians of the Galaxy comes out in theaters Aug. 1.
By David Tulis