Marvel has kicked the Guardians Of The Galaxy marketing campaign up a gear, sending Chris Pratt to US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live with the trailer, which has now arrived online.
With Marvel gambling that less comic book-savvy audiences have been suitably primed by Thor and the rest to accept more out-there concepts, Guardians sends us hurtling into deep space to meet a very different gang of heroes. Well, we say heroes… We’re introduced to Peter Quill (who would rather everyone called him Star-Lord), played by Chris Pratt, taken from Earth at age nine and in possession of a mysterious mcguffin orb. He’s grown up into a cheeky, daring adult that pilots a ship called the Milano. In a prison, he meets an unusual suspects line-up of aliens including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a green-skinned assassin, Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a hulking warrior, talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and gruff warrior Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper).
Yes, a walking, talking, gun-toting Raccoon. And a tree-man. And Peter Serafinowicz working with John C. Reilly! This is the wild world distilled from the Guardians comics by writer/director James Gunn and is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun. The trailer uses mostly what was shown at Comic-Con last year, with some fresh finished footage of Rocket, Groot and the rest and with Pratt channelling his inner Han Solo. Everything gives off the feel of classic sci-fi serials welded to the Marvel sensibility for delivering the requisite thrills and universe-building. It comes across as a big and a little daring and will hopefully live up to all that it promises.