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Guardians of the Galaxy trailer

A couple of nights ago, the new trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie was premiered on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night program (thus the little badge in the top corner here). Comic book fanboys waited with baited breath and appear to have gotten some of what they were looking for.
**possible spoilers below**

I was among many previous comic book enthusiasts who reacted with puzzlement when the project was announced. Rocket Raccoon? In a movie? Really?

But the above trailer sure makes the resulting film look entertaining and promises to integrate the group fully into the existing Marvel universe. There’s The Collector. And Gamora is Thanos’ daughter. He made everybody squeal when he showed up at the end of the first Avengers movie.

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I have very strong memories of reading this specific Thanos story during school downtime in my 4th grade math classroom. The conclusion of the story there left me a little stunned and it stuck in my mind. The fact that Marvel appears to be building toward a Thanos-centered story is pretty exciting.

Many people are suggesting that at least two of the six gems used to complete the Infinity Gauntlet have already made very obvious appearances in Marvel films. What is the Tesseract, anyway? Another object of power showed up in the second Thor movie. The object “Star Lord” is stealing Indiana Jones style at the beginning of the trailer could easily be another.

As someone with limited knowledge of the central characters of the movie being advertised, I am intrigued.

Also…John C. Reilly.

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Posted on February 20, 2014, in Movies, Super Heroes, trailers. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I’m scratching my head too. Comic fan that I am, I never got into Marvel’s space books. I don’t think I have read a single book with the Guardians of the Galaxy in it. I know they have their fans. I’m just not one of them. And Thanos, eh, I guess he’s all right for a Darkseid rip-off. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Thanos story I liked. But as I said, I avoid Marvel’s space books.

    Having established my level of apathy, the trailer intrigues me. John C. Reilly is always a bonus. I have enjoyed some of James Gunn’s previous work. But watching the trailer, I kept thinking of the Hitchhinker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. And that’s not something I want to be reminded of.

    Fingers crossed it’s better than that.

    Now Captain America: Winter Soldier, on the other hand, has me all kinds of jazzed.

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    • I’m sure Marvel is hoping that it reminds people of Firefly instead. HHGttG is a treasured set of books (actually only the 1st 2 are treasured, but I just kept reading anyway), but the film is a mess. Zaphod really should have been played about 10 years earlier by Bill Murray.

      Since I decided early on to only collect Marvel so I wouldn’t go nuts and broke, I didn’t find out about Darkseid until much later. By then I really didn’t care which one came first. Apocalypse is sort of the X-Men version of this character, too.

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      • I expect Marvel is aiming higher than Firefly. They need more than a cult audience. And my guess is that the Marvel Studios brand is flying high enough that anything they release will have a good showing. Marvel’s banking on it. This is a high stakes gamble that I think will pay off. Allowing Marvel to release movies starring characters most people have never heard of. It’s unprecedented really.

        I was a big Douglas Adams fan. The books really did drop off after Restaurant, but they were still pleasant enough reading. The first two are the only ones I have read multiple times. I even read the Dirk Gently novels. And I played that HHGttG computer game. You know the one. It was all text and incredibly frustrating. Murray as Zaphod would have been awesome. But then, when is Murray not awesome?

        The Darkseid dig was really pure snark on my part. I almost put a winky emoticon after it. I went the opposite direction and concentrated primarily on DC books. When I did read Marvel, it was in the 90s and they were mostly terrible. I have a fair amount of experience with Darkseid and virtually none at all with Thanos. But I suspect the reverse is true for most comic book fans.

        Even as a DC guy I used to loathe the New Gods and everything that came with them. I wasn’t really a fan of any of Jack Kirby’s DC work until much, much later. Age has taught me to appreciate his offbeat contributions.

        Back to GotG, I’m intrigued. I’m not pumped, but I am curious. Captain America: Winter Soldier cannot come fast enough. GotG will need to get good reviews to lure me out. Or come out on a rare slow weekend. Or, hey, Marvel, wanna fly me out to a premiere?

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        • yeah, of course Firefly was hoping for more eyes too. I really just meant that Firefly is generally considered to be cool amongst those who have seen it, while the HHGttG movie is not. If you can take that cool factor and add an actual audience, well then you’ve really got something.

          I spent about 15 minutes on that text game and never played it again. it belonged to a friend.

          Some other “back in the day” Hitchhikers casting:
          Arthur Dent: Hugh Laurie
          Ford Prefect: Peter Gallagher
          Trillian: Lisa Bonet (not a great actress, but definitely how I pictured the character)
          Voice of Marvin: Comedian Stephen Wright
          Zaphod’s 2nd head: Bill Irwin
          they’re all too old now, and who would make another movie?, but that’s how I saw it around 1993.

          I’m definitely annoyed sometimes when things appear to be copies, but when you don’t know and find out later, it’s hard to acquire that same annoyance.

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        • What’s funny is when people get irritated that the original is a copy of the thing they experienced first. Like people complaining Deathstroke is a Deadpool ripoff or Darkseid is a Thanos ripoff. Or Watchmen ripped off Heroes.

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        • “Hey! This Sting guy ripped off Puff Daddy!!”

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        • I get that one every time a contemporary artist samples something pre-1985.

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  2. I’m really pumped for GotG. It doesn’t make any sense that they would do such an unknown property (I’m a relatively big comic book guy and I didn’t know them) and make it into a feature film. This will show how much pull they have as a studio, if it works, get ready for Doc Strange, Black Panther, and the Netflix series’ to take off big time. The trailer introduces us to everyone, since we don’t know them, and has fun. the cast is great, and james Gunn is the guy for the job. I think this could be their ballsiest and most successful movie of Phase 2, which has proven to be a little safe before now (not counting the I3 twist)

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    • One possible positive about a “space” property like GotG is that you don’t have to spend as much explaining away how these people got all super-powered, because…you know…space.
      I’m really looking forward to the roll-outs of familiar villains. Unfortunately the folks at Sony appear to think that it’s a good idea to use them all at once in the new Spider-Man film. But they fumbled the Lizard on the first movie anyway…

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      • That’s because Sony wants to spin off Spider-man villains into their own movies. They aren’t satisfied with a single franchise. They want to make Spider-man into The Avengers.

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  3. Tesseract? Did they steal that from A Wrinkle in Time? (One of the best books ever written)

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    • A tesseract is a 4-dimensional cube if you’re talking geometry. I don’t know about its use in “A Wrinkle In Time,” but it’s the powerful gleaming cube that first showed up in the Captain America movie and then was the power source that allowed Loki to travel to Earth at the beginning of The Avengers.
      It’s a cool-sounding word, though, isn’t it?

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      • As described in the book above (first in the Time Quintet), a tesseract involved an alternate view of the space-time relationship that permitted time travel. The author, Madeline L’Engle, takes you through the progression of a straight line, a 2 dimentional square, a cube, and then the cube squared, which you can’t draw a picture of, but which appears on some Wiki page as a spinning squared cube where the sides change. She did not invent the concept, and did not claim to, as it had appeared in scientific literature for decades before her novel was published. The 5th dimension in the book (published in 1960 btw) which was the 4th d. squared, was where this instantaneous time travel took place. Never saw Captain America but suspect that it, along with countless other movies and books, ripped off from L’Engle freely. Nothing wrong with that, either. She lived a good life and left behind books that gave generations of kids very powerful themes to think about. Here it is 54 years later and my daughter is reading it for a book report, and I’m struck by the similarities between modern society and Camazotz. (A lost planet in the book, controlled by a big-brother evil disembodied brain…) Highly recommended.

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      • I’m not sure why they didn’t just call it the Cosmic Cube like in comics. Too comic booky?

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