Marvel Studios are currently enjoying what can best be described as an unprecedented winning streak. Since Robert Downey Jr. first brought lesser-known superhero Iron Man to life in 2008, characters have been progressively introduced into the Marvel cinematic universe with huge success. After uniting for box office juggernaut Avengers Assemble, the superheroes are all well into Phase 2 of their journey.
But rather than simply just relying in sequels to proven franchises, Marvel Studios are still taking creative risks of the likes that kick-started the universe in the first place. Guardians of the Galaxy was first suggested as a potential movie by Kevin Feige in 2010, with development finally confirmed at Comic-Con in 2012. Having never been represented in film before, this ragtag bunch of space bandits were largely unknown outside of the comic book community, where they debuted in 1969.
The line-up includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star Lord, Vin Diesel as a talking tree that can only say "I am Groot", Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and WWE Superstar Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.
Before the official debut in UK cinemas on 31st July, Film-Reviews.net was treated to 17 minutes of footage from Guardians of the Galaxy. Please note that the following text contains spoilers, so if you'd rather avoid them, simply enjoy the below video Q&A with Kevin Feige instead.
Taken from the end of the first act, we find the Guardians captured inside a high-security space prison. Here Rocket Raccoon hatches a daring plan to escape, recruiting the services of Drax The Destroyer in the process. Even from this brief but tantalising slice of the action, it's clear that these unlikely heroes have already a formidable team. Groot manages to uproot the prison's top dog without lifting more than a few fingers, the assassin Gamora demonstrates her melee combat skills, Star Lord provides the laughs but also proves that he can more than handle himself, and Drax is a one-man army with surprising comedic timing. We also learned that Groot can grow his limbs on demand and will eat any leaves that happen to pop-up on his body. I don't want to think what the human equivalent of that would be.
Striking a perfect balance of humour, intense action and memorable new characters, it seems that Marvel not only have another hit on their hands, but one that could potentially be the next Avengers Assemble or dare we say it... a modern-day Star Wars. Consider us officially very excited and "hooked on a feeling"!
After the footage, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige took part in the above Q&A, before treating the audience to an early glimpse of some Avengers: Age of Ultron clips. Currently in production for a 2015 release, we saw an animatic confirming Tony Stark's Hulkbuster suit, Hawkeye with a flaming arrow, Quicksilver in action, and the shiny new Avengers HQ. built by Tony Stark, it contains individual facilities for everyone, including a lab for Bruce Banner.
Stay tuned to Film-Reviews.net for all the latest news on Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as our Guardians of the Galaxy review - coming soon!