Marvel is riding high on the record-breaking success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which rocketed to a $96.2-million opening in North America this past weekend and became the biggest April opening in movie history.
But the Cap sequel isn’t the only release on Marvel’s 2014 docket. On Aug. 1, the comic book movie powerhouse will introduce audiences to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a cosmic action adventure directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name.
Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat.
It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the film’s first trailer pointed up a fair share of snark and humor in addition to explosions and space battles.
That same spirit is on display in a brief new clip that debuted on MTV Monday night in the run-up to the network’s annual MTV Movie Awards, set to be hosted by Conan O’Brien this weekend.
The clip spotlights a number of the offbeat characters that make up the cast, which includes Zoe Saldana decked out in green as the assassin Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan as Nebula (with a bald, blue head) and the tree-like humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.
In addition to the five guardians, the cast also features Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the Collector, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey.
What do you make of the latest “Guardians” clip? Are you excited for more cosmic comic adventures? Let us know in the comments.
– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre| @LATHeroComplex
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