Guardians of the Galaxy
July 30, 2014 | 3:53 p.m.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” takes audiences on a cosmic carpet ride into the farthest reaches of the Marvel universe, with its story of an unlikely team of interstellar heroes who band together to stop a supervillain from achieving his genocidal aims. But for Zoe Saldana, who plays the resourceful assassin Gamora — known in comic book lore as the most dangerous woman in the galaxy — the role was one rooted in earthbound inspiration. The former dancer developed the character’s physicality after watching footage of a bullfighter and deciding that she should move gracefully, with elegant precision. Grappling with the trauma of Gamora’s past, however, led Saldana in another direction. The green-skinned alien is the last surviving member of her race, an orphan who was trained to be lethal by her adopted father Thanos (Josh Brolin), and her plight reminded […]
July 29, 2014 | 4:55 p.m.
When Dave Bautista took the stage at Marvel’s Comic-Con International panel in San Diego last year, he was overcome by emotion sitting beside his “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast mates. The film had only begun shooting, but when the former champion WWE wrestler talked about winning the role of Drax the Destroyer in the interstellar adventure, he appeared overwhelmed. “There’s a point where I go to set every day and I still can’t freaking believe I got this job,” he said at the time. “It’s something that I wanted more than anything I ever wanted in my life. When I got it, I broke down and cried like a little baby.” One year later, Bautista, 45, seems just as moved when he thinks back to being cast in “Guardians,” which blasts into theaters Friday as the first installment in Marvel’s […]
July 25, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
About midway through Marvel’s new interstellar adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” plays over a shot of a ramshackle spaceship traveling toward a mining colony called Knowhere. The planet is actually the severed head of a fallen titan (or deity) where workers of alien races, some with candy-colored skin, collect valuable bone and fluid to ship to the outer reaches of the cosmos. The sequence could have been cribbed from the imagination of surrealist trickster Alejandro Jodorowsky, perhaps as part of his unrealized cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel “Dune.” Yet it’s far from the only over-the-top landscape in the film, which arrives in theaters Friday as Marvel’s riskiest venture. Based on a fairly obscure comics series, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the first major studio film to be directed by James Gunn, a subversive stalwart […]
July 24, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.
Fans hoping for a chance to meet Stan Lee at Comic-Con International in San Diego were disappointed to learn Thursday that the Marvel icon was forced to bow out of his scheduled appearances at the pop culture expo. The culprit? A case of laryngitis. In a statement released Thursday, the first full day of Comic-Con 2014, a spokesman for Lee said, “Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.” FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Lee, 91, had been set to attend the convention on Friday and Saturday. Marvel enthusiasts will, however, be able to catch a glimpse of the […]
July 18, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing to expand. The blockbuster comic book movie studio announced on its website late Friday release dates for five upcoming films, though the specific titles were not identified. According to Marvel.com, new movies will open on July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019. Up next for Marvel, of course, will be “Guardians of the Galaxy,” James Gunn’s wild cosmic adventure. Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, 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 […]
July 17, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
When Disney Interactive wanted to make sure Star-Lord and the gang seemed like themselves in “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon,” it got Dan Abnett. Few, if any, know more about the truly out there outer-space superteam: The prolific Englishman co-wrote the 2008-2010 comic book series that inspired the lineup found in the mobile game, out Thursday, and the upcoming Marvel cosmic adventure film, out Aug. 1 — as well as this spring’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude” comics that tie in to the movie, and penned, on his own, the just-released novel “Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Universe.” Abnett worked with art director Yehudi Mercado on the game’s story line, advising on characters’ behavior and distinct voices. So how consistent are the roguish Star-Lord, assassin Gamora, rampaging Drax, well-armed critter Rocket and tree-like tough guy Groot across […]
July 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” has released two new character posters, featuring John C. Reilly as Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey and Glenn Close as intergalactic police chief Nova Prime. Hero Complex readers can check out the new images at right and below. Marvel previously unveiled similar posters of the five Guardians — Star-Lord/Peter Quill (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). View the earlier character posters by clicking the links below. Star-Lord | Gamora | Rocket and Groot | Drax Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, 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’ […]
July 09, 2014 | 7:18 p.m.
Marvel has released a special extended look at “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due in theaters Aug. 1, and it’s the most ‘tude that Rocket the talking raccoon has displayed yet — which is saying something for this wiseguy. Voiced by Bradley Cooper, the sarcastic member of the oddball band of fighters led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), laughs uproariously at his leader’s lack of a distinct plan. Apparently, Rocket, an organized type, wants more than roughly 12% of a battle strategy figured out. Watch the video here: Like many of the trailers before it, this new spot is soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.” All the tracks, supposedly part of a mix tape Quill made […]
June 26, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.
So why does Peter Quill want to save the galaxy so much anyway? “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!” he declares to Rocket Raccoon’s surly grilling in the most recent look at Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The latest of several trailers that Marvel has released in the run-up to the film’s Aug. 1 release, the sneak-peek ran during this week’s World Cup action. Check it out below. Besides Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) clearing up his motivations for his quest in typical wise-cracking fashion, the spot is also soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.” “Guardians” follows Quill, played by Chris Pratt, who’s on the run from […]
June 25, 2014 | 3:47 p.m.
Marvel is launching the first Guardians of the Galaxy team back into comics with a new series this October. “Guardians 3000,” from popular cosmic writer Dan Abnett and artist Gerardo Sandoval (“Wolverine,” “Cable and X-Force”), stars the founding foursome and a familiar fifth hero and pits them against their first foes: the merciless alien invaders known as the Badoon. For the unfamiliar, these Guardians look nothing like the lineup of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot from the buzz-generating Marvel cosmic adventure film set to hit theaters in August. The original Guardians of the Galaxy arrived long before (or depending on how you look at it, long after) the Blue Swede-grooving outcasts now familiar from movie trailers and posters. In a 31st century AD-set tale published in 1969, psychokinetic Earth astronaut Vance Astro (a.k.a. Major Victory), blue-skinned, red-mohawked […]