by Jeremy DeFatta
Good day, everyone! As a lot of you probably already know, the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy premiered back on February 18. I was already looking forward to this movie, but the trailer drives it home for me that this is going to be a funny, action-packed space adventure that Marvel is quite bold for making. This property and these characters are not terribly well known, but I certainly hope they will be after this.
The main characters are quite the eclectic mix—Peter Quill/Star-Lord (half-alien prince and leader of the team), Gamora (the most dangerous woman in the universe and daughter of Thanos*), Drax the Destroyer (also strongly tied to Thanos), Groot (humanoid tree), and Rocket Racoon (genetically engineered rodent person with a serious love of firearms). It’s pretty awesome that we’re finally getting to see the cosmic side of Marvel in a film, as well as some of its myriad alien races and characters. I’m especially eager to see the Kree Accuser, Ronan, among several others. The film is directed by James Gunn and has one amazing assortment of actors attached to it.
I strongly recommend acquainting yourself with these characters and this series in some form. Brian Michael Bendis (one of Marvel’s A-list writers) is currently writing an iteration of the title with the same roster as the film, but you can also try out other characters and teams by going back through Marvel’s impressive (but under-appreciated) publication history of cosmic (science fiction) titles, particularly the Annihilation, Thanos Imperative, and War of Kings mini-series from throughout the last decade. If only Marvel still had the movie rights to the Fantastic Four and all the cosmic corners of the universe that they probe, we might have had the Silver Surfer involved in this as well.
Anyway, look into the Guardians of the Galaxy at your local comic shops and check out the film when it’s released in August. Tweet me @quaintjeremy.
*Note: Be sure to read up on Thanos. He was the purple-skinned alien villain briefly introduced at the end of The Avengers. You’re going to want to keep an eye on him. Trust me.
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