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Guardians of the Galaxy
(from left to right): Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon
Rhomann Dey: They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy. Nova Corps Officer: What a bunch of a-holes. Guardians of the Galaxy
is the 2014 movie adaptation of the
Guardians of the Galaxy
comic and the tenth film in the
Marvel Cinematic Universe
. It is directed by James Gunn of
The film focuses on the eponymous team, made up of Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (
), Drax the Destroyer (
), Gamora (
) and Rocket Raccoon (
portray the film's villains Nebula and Ronan the Accuser; Glenn Close portrays Commander Rael, the head of the
John C. Reilly
plays Nova officer Rhomann Dey;
Benicio Del Toro
portrays The Collector;
plays Korath the Pursuer,
plays Yondu and Ophelia Lovibond portrays the Collector's assistant.
Tropes applying to this film: Action Girl: Gamora, a female soldier and assassin. Adaptation Distillation: The movie roster contains elements from the classic comic series and the more recent series. Lee Pace has said that Ronan will be a top admiral of Thanos, much like the Ultimate Marvel version of the character. Adaptational Villainy: Yondu was a member of the original Silver Age Guardians. Here, he's Nebula's Mook. Anti-Hero: The titular "Guardians" are murderers, thieves and petty criminals. As Karen Gillan says, they're " good guys within the bad guys". Anti-Hero Substitute: The team has a lot of similarities with the main Marvel superteam, except that instead of soldiers, god-princes and philanthropic billionaires, they're a bunch of assassins, criminals, and basically scum of the universe. Star-Lord, the Badass Normal leader of the team is the less than goody two-shoes version of Captain America. With his affinity for weapons, surly attitude, being half-cyborg, and his Heterosexual Life-Partners status with the resident Big Guy, Rocket Raccoon can be compared to Iron Man. Gamora is a skilled assassin, and wields The Godslayer (which does exactly what you think its name says), making her a cross between Thor and Black Widow. Drax has the rage and the green skin, while Groot has the strength comparable to The Hulk. On that note, Groot is the only member of the Guardians who is, in the words of James Gunn, "an innocent", being the gentlest of the group. Again, this is a contrast to The Hulk (who while not evil is certainly not as morally-restrained as his fellow Avengers). Badass Bald of Evil: Nebula, a villainous pirate, is bald. Bald Women: Again, Nebula doesn't have a single hair on her head. Berserk Button: Peter Quill doesn't like people touching his things, especially his Walkman. Big Bad Duumvirate: Nebula and Ronan serve as the film's two main antagonists. Bigger Bad: Thanos. Early reports say he won't actually appear in the movie, but most of the film's villains serve as his emissaries. Casting Gag: Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The bumbling Peter Quill is actually incredibly ripped under his slightly baggy clothes. Colbert Bump: After the release of the first trailer, sales of the Blue Swede song "Hooked on a Feeling" increased by 700%. Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played for Laughs with Peter Quill. The only one who uses the superhero code name he made for himself, "Star-Lord", is him. Cool Helmet: Star-Lord, as always, can be seen sporting his distinctive helmet. The members of the Nova Corps also wear helmets. Cool Starship: The Milano. Cyborg: James Gunn said that Rocket Raccoon will be a half-animal, half-machine creature. Nebula also has a cybernetic eye and arm. Korath also has visible machinery sticking out of his head. Dark Action Girl: Nebula, a deadly female space pirate. Drop the Hammer: Much like in the comics, Ronan wields a large warhammer. Dude, Where's My Respect?: Nobody knows who Star-Lord is, and the team is regarded mostly as "a bunch of a-holes", even though they are trying to keep a reality-destroying MacGuffin from one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Early-Bird Cameo: The Collector shows up during The Stinger of . Thor: The Dark World Exiled from Continuity: The Badoon (recurring enemies of the Guardians in the comics) can't be used since their rights belong to Fox's franchise, even though Fantastic Four supplementary material has established their existence in the MCU. The Sakaarans are being used as Suspiciously Similar Substitutes to fill the gap. Five-Man Band: Freeze-Frame Bonus: The computer's data stream in the lineup scene provides some interesting information about the cast. (Rocket Raccoon bites.) Funny Animal: Rocket Raccoon. Gentle Giant: Groot looks pretty docile and peaceful when he's not completely enraged. Glory Hound: Peter Quill fashions himself as a legendary outlaw. Unfortunately, no one's ever heard of him. Korath: Who are you? Peter: Star-Lord. Korath: Who? Peter: Star-Lord, man. Legendary outlaw? Forget it... Green-Skinned Space Babe: Gamora is literally green. Nebula, is a blue-skinned space pirate. Ophelia Lovibond plays a pink-skinned assistant to the Collector. Heel-Face Turn: According to Kevin Feige, Gamora was associated with Nebula, Ronan and Thanos before joining the Guardians. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The entire team according to James Gunn. Last Of Her Kind: When Gamora is incarcerated, her profile states her to be the last survivor of the Zen Whoberi people. Lock and Load Montage: Peter donning his Star-Lord gear onboard the Milano. MacGuffin: The orb that Peter steals from Ronan. Mickey Mousing: According to James Gunn composer Tyler Bates will write some of the score before the film enters production so that Gunn can film to the music. Movie Supervillains Wear Black: Ronan wears black robes and armor rather than his green outfit from the comics. Mythology Gag: During the line up scene the data stream for each character lists numerous incidents that happened to them in the comics Guardians is based on. Rocket Raccoon being from Halfworld in the Keystone Quadrant. Gamora being the last of her kind. Peter having an affair with an intergalactic duchess that her parents were none too happy about. Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Rocket Raccoon had a cockney-ish accent in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and then sounded like Steve Buscemi/ Joe Pesci in his appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man. In this movie, Bradley Cooper just uses his normal accent. Plant Aliens: Groot is a giant walking tree described as "Rocket's personal house plant / muscle". Prison Episode: The Guardians get locked up by the Nova Corps during one sequence in the film. Psychotic Smirk: Gamora briefly sports one in her close up in the lineup sequence. Race Lift: Drax was originally a Caucasian man named Arthur Douglas in the comics. Here, he's played by the half-Filipino/half-Greek Batista. Korath the Pursuer is black rather than blue. This is notable because in the comics, it's an explicit plot point that the Kree only come in two types: a blue-skinned majority and a white-skinned minority, the latter of whom experience Fantastic Racism from the former. Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: We've got a displaced earthling, an alien assassin, an alien bruiser, a sentient tree, and a talking raccoon with a huge gun. Red Baron: Drax has one in " The Destroyer". Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Drax has been cutting a swath across the galaxy after the murder of his wife and family. Rubber-Forehead Aliens: A lot of the aliens in the film just look like humans with different colored skin and/or random protrusions on their heads. Self-Deprecation: A running gag through the film is that none of the characters have ever heard of the "Guardians of the Galaxy", much like a large percentage of the film's intended audience. Serkis Folk: Along with voicing the character, Vin Diesel also portrays Groot via motion capture, even wearing stilts to match Groot's height. Small Name, Big Ego: Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. When he announces his name to Korath he expects a reaction, but Korath just shrugs and asks "Who?" It even continues when the Nova Corps get him. Rhomann Dey: Also known as Star-Lord. Nova Corps Officer: Who calls him that? Rhomann: Himself, mostly. Something Completely Different: For the . This film shifts from the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe Super Hero tales to a full blown Space Opera. Soundtrack Dissonance: The movie uses the Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" and other pop songs that are on Peter Quill's Walkman, despite being a Space Opera. Space Opera: Huge Space Battles! Space Pirates! Space Police ! Green Skinned Space Babes! A MacGuffin that could decide the fate of the galaxy! Welcome to the cosmic Marvel universe. Space Pirate: Nebula. Space Police: The Nova Corps. Spiritual Successor: People have been calling this a Farscape or a Firefly movie. Or Outlaw Star if you're an anime fan. Token Good Teammate: Groot is the only Guardian that doesn't start the film as a criminal or Jerkass; the only reason he's with them is because of Rocket. Word of God notes that he's essentially "innocent" compared to the others. Translator Microbes: Star-Lord's arrest record lists him has having a translator implant in his neck. Unexpected Character: The movie is pretty much a gathering of C-list and D-list Marvel characters that nobody would have expected to be featured in a film. And by C-list and D-list characters we mean a bunch of dudes who could give The Avengers a run for their money. Used Future: Most of the space faring races' "futuristic" technology is covered in dirt and grime, a far cry from the Crystal Spires and Togas of Asgard. Walking Shirtless Scene: Much like in the comics, Drax is never seen wearing a shirt. Star-Lord is also featured half-naked in the trailer (and looking pretty damn ripped).
I'm hooked on a feeling! I'm high on believing!