On Feb. 18, 2014, the first trailer for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" premiered on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." (ABC and Marvel are both owned by Disney.) Viewer reactions on the Internet have been mostly positive. And the trailer has become a massive Internet hit, by racking up more than 5 million views on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" official YouTube in the first 24 hours after it premiered.
"Guardians of the Galaxy," directed by James Gunn, opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.
Here is Marvel's description of the movie:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.
Footage from the movie was previewed at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2013. Gunn, Pratt, Saldana, del Toro, Rooker, Hounsou and Bautista were at Comic-Con for a panel discussion and interviews.
At a Comic-Con press conference for "Guardians of the Galaxy," here is what Pratt and Saldana said when asked i f they found it intimidating to do a Marvel movie with character that are unfamiliar to a lot of people
As actors, is it intimidating at all to step into these roles that people might not be as familiar with, as they are with some of the other characters in the Marvel universe?
Saldana commented, "It’s exciting! Of course, you’re nervous, but I would be cautious to use the word intimidating because I don’t want it to be interpreted like I feel inferior. I feel very excited to be joining the Marvel family of superheroes. I do believe that Guardians have bigger powers, in a way. If we were up against Captain America or Thor, we’d totally kick his ass."
Pratt added, "All the Marvel movies, thus far, have been received so well because they were such famous comic books, but I think they were great stories. Iron Man is Iron Man now because of 'Iron Man,' the movie. It was a comic and certainly people knew it, but they love it and they go back to it because it’s great storytelling.
It’s the same thing with this. This is a really cool story. Marvel knows what they’re doing and they know how to tell a story and they know how to make this movie.
"I really don’t feel intimidated. If you told me, 'Chris, you have to go adapt Guardians of the Galaxy into a movie on your own,' I would be super intimidated. But when they’re like, 'We’re doing it and we’d love you to be a part of it,' it’s like, 'Wow, great! I’m along for the ride!'"
Pratt famously got his body into athletic shape for "Guardians of the Galaxy." Pratt said of his physical tranformation and training for the movie: "Oh, man! It was about six months, and a combination of different things, like lifting weights, cardio and really strict nutrition. It’s some really boring stuff. Basically, I cried 40 pounds of, and the rest was being hungry and running a lot."
Here is a sampling of Internet reactions to the first official "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer:
"This made me feel a little better about Pratt being Star-Lord, except it's hard to get over him in Parks n Recs. I don't understand why Cooper is rocket and not Quill. Seems a better match."
"Love that the most we get out of Rocket is a snarl. And when they asked about Groog, "He doubles as Rockets house plant and body guard."
"Can't wait to see this!"
"If the movie is as awesome as the trailer, this is gonna be legendary."
"When i look at Groot in this trailer, i can't stop thinking about Maltazard from "Arthur and the Invisibles."
"This movie looks stupid."
"Looks pretty good."
"My money is on the raccoon!"
"More Gamora kicking ass, and less just standing around looking naked please. Basically, more of her doing what we saw Nebula doing."
"I like that John C. Riley is a member of the Nova Corps."
"Wtf did I just watch?! I expect better things from Marvel! I've been waiting a very long time for the trailer and this is what I get?!"
"We both know that at this point anything with Marvel on it, good trailer or no good trailer will do well at theaters, also there is no doubt there will be 2 or 3 more trailers which might be the most amazing thing ever done, personally i liked this trailer a lot."
"WTF? What the hell did I just watch? I sense another John Carter-esque flop approaching."
"Not every person who will go to see this is a Guardians fan. Hell, most people have never even HEARD of them. The trailer looks good...but also a little bit silly. And for Marvel, producing silly is a BIG risk. Just look at what happened to the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon."
"I think this will be an interesting movie, but have to admit that when i heard the title i was ready for the original quardians. To me, and this is just my opinion, the originals would probably mop the floor with these guys."
"I love how people are worried the humor will ruin this. Have you seen ANY of the Iron Man movies? And they hall had at least a little humor. Marvel always has had a lighter tone than DC. And the reason nobody knows who the Guardians are is because this group has only existed since 2008. Pretty much they've existed as long as the MCU. That's it."
"Yeah, I'm getting mixed feelings from this one from seeing this kind of trailer. Visuals and action scenes look astounding, but I really hope they keep the obscene humor at a logical minimum and actually make it enjoyable for a general audience. Plus, featuring Hooked on a Feeling in this trailer isn't exactly the most credible track for promoting your movie, Marvel. I know you're already miles ahead of DC, but the last thing you wanna do is get cocky and start slipping, trust me."
"Finally I get a good idea what this movie will be like and I'm definitely gonna see it."
"Have to say... I had serious, serious doubts they could pull this off in the movies. But it's looking pretty epic so far."
"Other than the comedy it's trying to add it actually looks cool I like to see how this mixes in the with the Avengers 2 later."
"Ugh, this is already looking like a crapfest."
"This, just this. I'll be the first to admit I really don't know much about "Guardians of the Galaxy" (besides Rocket the weapon wielding raccoon), but this trailer looks fantastic! The song is stuck in my head. I can't wait 'till August!"
"I have to admit I have never heard of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" until now and I'm not going to lie this trailer was f*cking awesome."
"Guardians of the Galaxy is basically Marvel's Star Wars which is just awesome! I cannot wait for this film!"
"Looks like a dud."
"This is exactly what we need-a movie that looks like lots of fun, has some dark humor, and is not just same-old same-old look at me I'm a superhero going for it. And nothing is cooler than Groot and Rocket...and I saw THE COLLECTOR!"