To help us all understand what this film might entail, I thought it’d be cool to look at the history of the Guardians and go through the roster for the film. This process is making me super excited for the film, so hopefully it’s contagious!
Marvel released a piece of concept art behind the film, giving us a look at which Guardians they plan to bring the big screen.
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)
The leader of the Guardians is a man named Peter Quill. In the comics, he is an astronaut who gets caught up in extra-planetary affairs and ends up taking on the role of outer-space policeman, which comes with a fully-decked out battle suit. In our movie, he was taken off Earth as a child in the 80s and is now a grown-up mercenary. He likely won’t have any special powers other than those that his suit gives him, such as enhanced speed and strength. There are some facets of the story that may make their way into the movie, such as an “element” gun that he uses which can spew forth fire, ice, air, and water (2 of which aren’t incredibly useful). He also has a ship (cleverly named “Ship”) which functions almost as a character itself and has a mental link with Star-Lord.
It’s likely through Star-Lord that we are introduced to the larger interstellar world that this movie will take place in. He’ll be the relateable character amidst a cast of misfit aliens.
Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
Gamora is called “the most dangerous woman in the universe.” She is also one of the main connections from our team to the threat known as Thanos. Thanos (the villain showcased after the credits of The Avengers) found Gamora after her entire race had been destroyed. He raised her into a killing machine until she realized how truly evil Thanos was and helped to defeat him (by a karate-chop to the throat apparently).
Where Star-Lord has high-tech gadgets and weaponry, Gamora is a skilled gymnast and killing machine with only her hands. She’s known to use pressure points to paralyze her opponents and is skilled with most martial arts styles in the known galaxy. Her fighting skills are focused on hand-to-hand combat and elusive tactics.
In the film, it’s likely that we’ll meet Thanos through Gamora, who can serve as exposition into who he is and what he does. Through this exposition, we can cut straight to the action in The Avengers 2 which comes out at the start of the next summer. With the revelation that the sequel is officially called Avengers: Age of Ultron, we may even have to wait longer for Thanos to show up.
Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)
What will likely serve as comedic relief, we see Rocket Raccoon in the lineup. Rocket is a raccoon that talks, often with either a British accent or something more similar to a pirate. While he doesn’t have any supernatural abilities (he’s essentially a normal raccoon), he does have an incredible mind that he uses to lead the group in Star-Lord’s absence. He is also a gifted strategist and tactical adviser.
Pictured above, you see Rocket and Groot (another Guardian), who have formed a tight bond. They owe each other their lives and even starred in their own miniseries which focused on their adventures out in the galaxy.
Groot (Vin Diesel)
Groot is essentially a giant sentient tree. His origin began as a monster seeking to capture and study humans but slowly his character became more interested in living amongst them. He’s been in the Guardians for most of their biggest battles and has been destroyed on numerous occasions, but he is able to regrow if any part of him remains alive. In several cases, Rocket Raccoon has been the one to save a sprig and help Groot grow back to his normal self.
While he looks like a giant brute, Groot was actually extremely well-educated on his home planet and is incredibly smart. His vocal chords however can’t convey all of this intelligence so humans often misinterpret his speech as savage growls. He is able to control other trees and even grow larger and extend his own limbs when in combat.
Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista)
Our final member of the team pictured in the concept art is Drax the Destroyer. Drax is a deadly warrior that was essentially created to defeat Thanos, as a security measure by an alien people. He finds the Guardians of the Galaxy have the same purpose.
Aside from incredible strength and agility, Drax is also intended to hunt Thanos, so he is able to survive without air or water for incredible distances as he travels across space. He can also sense Thanos’ location, serving as a compass to lead the Guardians right to him.
Someone who’s missing…
There is an important character to both the Guardians and Thanos who makes a surprising disappearance from the concept art. His name is Adam Warlock. Adam is an interstellar warrior who is probably Thanos’ number one target in the galaxy. In other articles, I’ve explained the concept of Thanos’ gauntlet: it holds gems that represent different dimensions that the bearer can wield (such as time and space). Well, there’s one that Thanos can’t control because the gem is firmly planted on Adam Warlock’s forehead.
It would be a natural fit for Warlock to star as a member of the Guardians (which he’s a member of) and it would serve as yet another connection to Thanos. I have a sinking suspicion that Adam Warlock may play a role in the movie but maybe not as a member of the team (right away). He’s likely the most recognizable member of the Guardians to Marvel fans so it seems odd that they would pass up the opportunity.
We also have John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph, Step Brothers, Walk the Line), Benicio del Toro, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and Glenn Close. Huge cast.
This new concept art was revealed during San Diego Comic Con 2013, click on it to see a higher resolution.
So that’s our team. A huge spectrum of abilities (from a human with a suit to a giant sentient tree) that will make for some amazing action set-pieces. Hopefully it’ll give us a good introduction to Thanos and set up for future adventures featuring Thanos.
To get another look at the Guardians (albeit a slightly different cast), check out this clip from The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes here.
And above, check out the first full length trailer here.