From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of IRON MAN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE AVENGERS, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Movies don’t get much bigger — or eagerly awaited — than Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which first appeared in January 1969’s MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #18 comic book and soon grew into a cult sensation. Superheroes have become a fixture in theatres worldwide, but expect GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to take you on an interstellar thrill ride like no other. The colourful cast includes PARKS AND RECREATION’s Chris Pratt, STAR TREK’s Zoe Saldana and WWE superstar Dave Bautista, along with Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper lending voice talent as Groot and Rocket. THE HOBBIT’s Lee Pace, THE WALKING DEAD’s Michael Rooker, OCULUS’s Karen Gillan, Oscar nominee Glenn Close and THE USUAL SUSPECTS’s Benicio del Toro round out the eclectic players. All have gathered to support the offbeat vision of writer/director Gunn, who made his mark on genre cinema already with the entertaining monster show SLITHER. Gunn previously explored the psyche of costumed do-gooders with his edgy independent film (and Fantasia fave) SUPER, as well as for THE SPECIALS, one of his first produced screenplays. Bolstered by a multimillion-dollar budget and incredible special FX, now it’s time for Gunn to reinvent the summer sci-fi epic with his unique genre-savvy sensibilities. Expect GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to deliver out-of-this world entertainment.
— Tony Timpone