Guardians of the Galaxy: Revelations From Comic-Con

It’s been a crazy Comic-Con so far. Marvel continues to make awesome announcements and continues to hype us up more and more in the process. The latest bit of news comes from the Guardians of the Galaxy panel. Apart from showing a large amount of movie footage, an awesome bit of concept art was released giving us a look at the five main characters (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon), you can check it out below. Also announced: the character that Benicio Del Toro will be playing. Read on past the concept art.

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Many already suspected this, but Benicio Del Toro has confirmed that he will be playing The Collector. If you’re unaware of who The Collector is, here’s Cinemablend’s perfect description:

Who is The Collector? Oh, just an enormously powerful, billions-of-years-old being who can see the future and has a giant collection of priceless artifacts from across the galaxy– hence the name. He also tends to tangle with the Avengers, at one point in the comics even forcing Iron Man to work on his side. So when they say this guy could be major, he could be villain-in-Avengers 3 major.

Those lucky enough to attend Comic-Con were treated with a big amount of footage from the movie. Here’s io9.com’s description of what was shown from Guardians of the Galaxy:

…We see a desolate alien world, where Peter Quill, aka Starlord, is going inside an ancient temple. He uses a light globe to illuminate the interior, and then goes to steal an old alien orb.

Some alien cops come in with big guns to stop him. “Drop it now,” orders their leader, Borath (Djimon Hounsou). And he asks Quill who he is. “Starlord,” he replies. “Who?” Borath asks. “Starlord, man. Legendary outlaw.” Starlord is wounded. “Forget it.”

Then we see someone activate a wrist transceiver, and we’re in an alien prison, where five creatures have been arrested on Zandar. We see holographic “rapsheets” for all five of them — Drax the Destroyer, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a personal death machine, Rocket Raccoon, who has over 50 charges of vehicular theft and escape from lockup, Groot, a houseplant/muscle, and then Starlord himself.

Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) narrates the whole thing with intense snark, especially when he gets to the part about how Peter Quill calls himself Starlord. Listening to this, Quill cranks up his middle finger as if he’s working a creaky machine. Later, Quill is in prison and Drax is listening to his personal stereo, which is playing a bouncy “gamba gamba” tune. Quill is offended — and then he gets tased.

And then we saw a montage of tons of action footage, including a two-headed alien shooting a gun, a prison riot, tons of Gamora putting the smackdown on people, Rocket Raccoon shooting a big gun with a vicious look on his face.

The footage ends with John C. Reilly saying, “They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy. What a bunch of A-holes.” And we see the five of them lined up, like the Usual Suspects…

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The actual Guardians panel included the whole main cast, including Michael Rooker (Merle from Walking Dead) as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Hounsou as Borath, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Benicio Del Toro as the Collector, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Chris Pratt as Starlord.

Guardians of the Galaxy is being directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super) and is set for release in the U.S. August 1, 2014.

Sources: io9.com, Cinemablend

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