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In Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Writer/Director James Gunn manages to bring to the screen a truly original story and world in a long time. Guardians is the story of space junk collector, known as a ravager, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) searching for a mysterious orb worth “space-millions.” Quill is the lone human in space after being kidnapped by aliens as a child.

Chris Pratt takes the leap as Peter Quill in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt takes the leap as Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Along the way, Quill meets rivals-soon-to-be-teammates: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), adopted daughter of powerful space-tyrant Thanos; Drax (WWE’s Dave Bautista), a warrior consumed emotional over his wife and daughter’s death at the hand of the film’s villain, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace); Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a Frankenstein-inspired space raccoon and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a tree-like alien.

Unbeknownst to Quill, the org contains an infinity gem, which with a single touch can drain the life out any organic object from a person, alien or entire planet. The gem is sought after by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a powerful religious zealous from the planet Kree and his hired henchwomen, Nebula (Karen Gillan), who is also the adopted daughter of Thanos. Marvel Comics has dedicated volumes of the issues to the power and legend of the Infinity Gems.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the universe, Quill is also being hunted down by a fellow ravager and Quill’s mentor, Rondo (Michael Rooker). Rondo wants Quill dead or at least captured, because Quill went after the orb on his own and plans to sell and keep the profits for himself.

Guardians of the Galaxy Glenn CloseFinally, there is the Nova Corps, which like S.H.I.E.L.D. on , is set up to be the galaxy’s space-police on the planet Xander. Nova Corps is headed by Nova Prime (Glenn Close), Corpsman Dey (John C. Reilly) and Sacrifice Nova Corpsman (Max Wrottesley). It is the Novacorp that early in the film, captures the individual members of the Guardians, brings them together in prison where this unlikely team is formed and become the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Other supporting characters should also be noted, like Ronan foot soldier, Korath (Djimon Hounsou), the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) prospective buyer of the orb, and of course no Marvel movie would be complete without Stan Lee.

That’s a lot of description, which admittedly, can be confusing for an audience unfamiliar with the Guardians of the Galaxy, especially as it is quickly. Not sure if filmmakers do this on purpose, but repeated viewing is almost necessary to understand the details of the story.

Dave Bautista stars as Drax in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Dave Bautista stars as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Do not let the large scale story, characters, worlds and planets, deter you from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. It is almost as if the myriad of facts and details take a backseat to the actual characters on screen. Every person and character is a well-defined person with clear conflicts and goals to justify their inclusion in the movie. The facts and descriptions established in the movie are less to move forward the plot, but more to define each character clearly. Gunn should be commended for bringing simple clarity to a large scale movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy manages to be one of the most original movies of the year in terms of story, plot, characters and world-building. A lot of this is due in part by the foundation of the original Marvel comics. Gunn should get an Academy Award nomination for Movie Adaptation, because he clearly adapted a part of the Marvel Comics Universe created over the decades and brought it to life on screen. He ties together villains Thanos and Ronan, brings in the Nova corps, and pays homage to the original Guardians by bringing in Rondo and let’s not spoil the final end-credits scene. If it wasn’t for the existing world that Marvel had already created in the comics, Guardians of the Galaxy could not have been as good as it was. Where a lot of science fiction movies go wrong is created a world and universe that is structurally weak story-wise.

Guardians of the GalaxyThe heart of the movie is the Guardians themselves. As Peter Quill, Chris Pratt’s humor, heart and charismatic arrogance make him the perfect and flawed leader of the team. Zoe Saldana’s beauty and athleticism, as Gamora, is tempered by the alienation her character feels as the daughter of a ruthless tyrant. Dave Bautista shows that professional wrestlers know how to act. He brings pain, tragedy and fearlessness to his warrior character. Then there’s Rocket and Groot, the two CGI characters voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Rocket is the comic relief and the most self-aware character in the movie. Groot is a powerful fighter with a heart and loyalty that makes you fall in love with him instantly. The character is able to communicate volumes in his only line of the movie, “I am Groot.”

Guardians of the Galaxy ranks high on the list of the best Marvel Studios. Marvel made the right decision to open their cinematic universe to the universe itself. Guardians is an original story that is humorous, suspenseful and all-round a fun adventure in the style of the adventure films of old. It is definitely worth seeing in the theaters and more than once.

The Verdict

9Amazing

The Good: Story | The Cast | The Humor | The Adaptation of the literal Marvel Universe

The Bad: A Lot of Information and back story to digest

Get an even better look at Lee Pace as the merciless Ronan, the mysterious Knowhere, Groot’s soft side and more in the full gallery directly above, and mark your calendars for August 1 when the Guardians soar from the spaceways into theaters everywhere!

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From the studio that brought you “The Avengers” comes a new team. They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, and they’re the crew at the epicenter of one of this summer’s biggest movie events. Starting July 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is coming to Disney Parks with an exclusive sneak peek, offering guests an extended look at the film before it opens in theaters.

Guardians of the Galaxy

At Disneyland park in California, you can catch this limited time intergalactic preview in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, where Captain EO is typically shown. Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Josh Brolin has been tapped to play the villainous Thanos in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” sources confirm to Variety.

Thanos, who first appeared in the post-credits scene in “The Avengers,” is a major villain in the Marvel universe and is also expected to appear in one, if not both, of the upcoming “Avengers” sequels.

“We’re definitely tied to ‘Avengers 3,’” director James Gunn recently said of the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which hits theaters Aug. 1.

Co-starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper, “Guardians” is based on the Marvel comic series and tells the story of a superhero team fighting to save the world.

Sources: Variety

It’s finally here! Get your first “I Am Groot,” more Rocket, Drax and Gamora in action, and the usual Peter Quill swagger in the second full trailer for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in theaters August 1!

In double-sized 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy, readers are treated not only the current Bendis storyline but to a few others as well including the original Guardians.

In this issue, our favorite team must individually face their own personal challenge/attack. Star-Lord and Rocket are taken captive by Peter Quill’s father, Spartax for violating the law and intervening in earth’s affairs. Gamora is hunted down by a rival bounty hunter. Drax has been assigned to assimilate new member Venom into the team. But before he can introduce him to the team, Drax is captured by an unknown force and Venom is stuck on a planet that doesn’t want him there.

Also, in the double size issue, is an origins story of Groot by Andy Lanning and Phil Jiminez. As well as a issue that takes place in the future involving the original Guardians, including Vance Astro, Martinex, Yondu and Charlie-27.

The Verdict

7Good

The Good: The beginning of a new story arc | The origins of Groot

Free Comic Book Day 2014On May 3rd, over two thousand comic book shops across North America and around the world will share the magic of comic books with their communities when they give out over 4.6 million comic books—free of charge—during Free Comic Book Day, which marks its thirteenth anniversary this year. Comic Book Specialty Retailers expect record breaking attendance and have been preparing their shops for this event for months.

There’s literally a free comic book available for everyone’s taste, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, DC’s The New 52: Futures End, Archie, SpongeBob, Transformers vs GI Joe, Hello Kitty, The Simpsons and more to choose from!

Comic book publishing heavyweights Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics are among the many sponsors who created 60 special titles for Free Comic Book Day 2014. The free books are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, including:

Action-Packed Super-Hero Stories

  • DC’s The New 52: Futures End
  • DC’s Teen Titans

Stories Featuring Classic Characters

  • Archie
  • Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck
  • Buck Rogers
  • The Smurfs
  • The Tick

Sci-Fi Adventures

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon
  • Project Black Sky

Stories for Kids

  • Avata: The Last Airbender
  • Hello Kitty
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

“Free Comic Book Day is a perfect occasion for fans to discover new types of comic books,” said FCBD spokesperson Jason Blanchard, “especially if they’re new to the wide variety of titles that are being published today. On May 3rd, we encourage new and current readers to use Free Comic Book Day as an opportunity to learn about the great comic books and pop-culture merchandise to be found at their local comic book shop. Hopefully, they’ll walk away with free comics they can’t wait to read, and then keep coming back to their local shop for more!”

Along with free comics, many comic book shops will feature events during the day including creator signings, appearances of favorite super-heroes or cosplayers and great deals on exclusives and sale items.

Customers can check out the full list of all 60 titles on the Free Comic Book Day website, http://www.freecomicbookday.com/comics, and use the FCBD Store Locator to find a participating comic book shop in their area http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator.

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,” in theaters August 1, 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.

Release Date: August 1, 2014