GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Next, Feige reveals that the upcoming space saga Guardians of the Galaxy has just started shooting in the U.K. and wanted to come to Comic-Con. “So they decided to come …!”
Here’s a rundown of who is who in the cast (only the heroes, however, are in the concept art above):
Yondu – Michael Rooker, playing a galactic big-game hunter and founding member of the Guardians.
Nebula – Karen Gillian — The chrome-domed mercenary and supervillain. “I might have done something a little bit crazy,” she says and pulls off a wig to reveal her shaved head.
Ronan the Accuser — Lee Pace, as a leader of the evil alien race known as the Kree.
Korath the Pursuer – Djimon Hounsou, an affiliate of the Kree who is allied with Ronan.
The Collector — Benicio del Toro, playing an ancient being who gathers lifeforms from around the galaxy to keep as his own.
Drax the Destroyer– Dave Batista, “When I go the job, I broke down and cried like a little baby,” the physically massive pro wrestler said. “I’m 44 years old, I’m the baby on the set in terms of acting experience. I go to work every day and try to learn something new.”
Gamora — Zoe Saldana, as the emerald-hued alien assassin who is the adopted daughter of one of the most evil beings in the universe: Thanos. “I’ve done blue, I figured why not try green?”
Star-Lord — Chris Pratt, on his new ripped physique: “I had a tapeworm.” His character is a half-human, half-alien who never fit in on Earth, and hasn’t really found a place for himself anywhere else in the galaxy either.
Even though the film has only been shooting a short time, Marvel completed some special effects for a short teaser reel.
It begins with …
A large crypt-like door opening — vaguely futuristic and vaguely ancient.
It’s Chris Pratt as Star-Lord walking into what appears to be temple, claiming an artifact in a sort-of recreation of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
But Djimon Hounsou’s Korath stops him.
“NO problem. NO problem at all,” Star-Lord says, hardly brave.
He identifies himself as Star-Lord, which makes Korath go: “Who?”
“Star-Lord, man! Legendary outlaw? Forget it.”
Then, although we don’t see any of Benicio Del Toro’s The Collector (he hasn’t shot anyt scenes yet) we ironically get a scene reminiscent of the line-up from The Usual Suspects. Each of the Guardians is standing behind a one-way mirror in a futuristic mug-shot situation as John C. Reilly’s galactic lawman Rhomann Dey gives the rundown:
Drax the Destroyer flexes and scowls, a big green mean looking gent, ripped with red markings.
Gamora — He ID’s the assassin as death-craving villain Thanos’ adopted daughter.
We see a short, fuzzy, bandit-looking creature (who doesn’t speak — sorry, still no casting there.) “He calls himself Rocket,” Reilly says. “Wanted on over fifty charges of vehicular theft”
Groot, the tree warrior is shown — although he is so large his face is above the frame and we only see his trunk. “He’s been traveling recently as a personal houseplant-slash-muscle,” Reilly says.
“Peter Jason Quill, also known as Star-Lord. He’s wanted largely on charges of minor assault.”
“They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Reilly says.
“What a bunch of a-holes.”
Cue the music as “Ooga chocka ooga ooga ooga chocka” begins to play,” and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” (Peter Quill’s jam) plays through some quick flashes of spaceships and galactic carnage.
Finally, the big finish …