“What a bunch of a-holes…”
The new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer debuted during the Jimmy Kimmel live! show earlier this evening and if the trailer is any indication, audiences this summer will be in for some ridiculous fun. Yes, that is an anthropomorphic and indignant raccoon (Bradley Cooper) blasting away atop a sentient tree-alien (Vin Diesel). Yes, seriously, you read that previous sentence correctly.
The James Gunn directed film will be the second to last film to close out Marvel’s phase 3 campaign, with Avengers: Age of Ultron being the last. Chris Pratt, known as man-child Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec, leads the film along with Zoe Saldana, the aforementioned Cooper and Diesel, and Dave Bautista. Numerous stars will also pop up, with Benicio Del Toro as the film’s bizarre villain(?).
I was skeptical upon hearing the premise of this film, especially being on the grittier (USUALLY) and more grounded DC team. When you think of Marvel, you think of Iron Man or Thor, and if your nerd dreams come true, they fight. Well that has happened, and while it was a gamble, it payed off big time (mostly thanks to Joss Whedon being…well, Joss Whedon). A walking, talking, and trigger-happy raccoon might be a gamble, but if anyone has earned a little credit, it’s Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
With it’s unrepentantly goofy attitude (come on, that’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ playing during the trailer and in the movie!) and Star Wars-esque flavor, Guardians looks to recapture the fun and thrilling feeling of classic sci-fi. It also doesn’t hurt that Guardians will eventually tie in to Marvel’s other future films which will lead to nerdgasms of epic proportions. Personally, I’m hoping for an eventual team up of Rocket Raccoon and Iron Man. Sorry, my brain just melted at the thought of it.