‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ posters: Marvel cosmic crew shoots, struts

June 16, 2014 | 2:40 p.m.

The Guardians of the Galaxy don’t look like anyone you’d want to mess with.

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and the duo of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are seen armed and confident in four character posters released Monday for the upcoming Marvel cosmic adventure film.

Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, a.k.a. Peter Quill, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes Bradley’s gun-toting critter, Saldana’s green alien assassin, Bautista’s vengeful bruiser, and Diesel’s tree-like humanoid.

In addition to the five guardians who make up the squad of misfits, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast also features Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the Collector, Glenn Close as intergalactic police chief Nova-Prime, Karen Gillan as the sadistic villain Nebula, John C. Reilly as  Rhomann Dey, and the recently announced Josh Brolin as Thanos, the death-loving supervillain first glimpsed in the credit sequence of Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.”

The first team bearing the name debuted in “Marvel Super-Heroes” No. 18 in 1969, and had an ongoing series in the early 1990s, but the film’s lineup is rooted in a 2008 “Guardians of the Galaxy” series written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

Director and co-writer Gunn took a fresh approach to the characters and the mythology, fashioning a story that, like the other Marvel films, stands on its own but also connects to the studio’s other franchises, including “The Avengers.”

– Blake Hennon and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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