One year ago, Marvel announced at Hall H the Guardians movie would be one of their Phase 2 projects. Now, present day the movie has kicked off production and footage has been shown to the fanboys in San Diego.
This was a big surprise because the ambitious project has only been in production for less than two weeks. Leave it to the terrific folks at Marvel though to perform miracles.
- Director James Gunn, and cast- including s Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pratt- all joined the panel to discuss their roles and present the footage.
- Honsou while discussing his role accidentally slipped a major revelation about his role. Honsou plays Korath the Pursuer, which he accidentally explains, “He’s a great ally to Ronan and Thanos.”
- Karen Gillan also surprised the audience when she pulled off an unsespecting wig and revealed herself as Nebula. As Slashfilm explains, ” Nebula is feared across the universe for her ruthless piracy.” There isn’t an official photo of herself in character as of yet, but here is Gillan at the panel.
- Other character confirmations included del Toro as The Collector, Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Peter Serafinowicz as an unknown associate to Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly).
Here is the breakdown of the footage shown courtesy of Angie Han at Slahfilm:
We first see Star-Lord holding a glowing orb of light in a mystical-looking hallway, whereupon a group of warriors, including Korath, confront him with their weapons. It’s at that point that Star-Lord’s unique personality begins to show itself.
“Cool man, no problem,” he says defensively. He introduces himself as “Star-Lord,” to which Korath replies, “Who?” Star-Lord’s response: “Star-Lord? Legendary outlaw?… Forget it.”
We then see Rhomann Dey (Reilly) rattling off information about the team, who’ve just been captured, to a colleague, played by Peter Serafinowicz. Appearing, in order, are Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot (“described as houseplant / muscle”). Last but not least is Peter Quill, who takes the opportunity to sass Dey and flip him off. Upon being informed that Quill also goes by Star-Lord, Dey asks, “Who calls him that?” “Himself, mostly” is the response he gets.
A montage of the Guardians in action ensues, including CG shots of Rocket Raccoon and Groot getting badass. At the end, Serafinowicz sums up the group: “They call themselves the Guardians,” he says. “What a bunch of assholes,” Dey responds.
I personally cannot wait to see Rocket Raccoon in full blown action. I heard a lot of buzz about him firing guns on twitter last night and it sounds hilarious. For now though, we’re going to have to sit and wait for footage or a trailer to hit the web. Which I’m guessing will not be until the release of Thor: The Dark World.
What do you think about the reaction to the Guardians of the Galaxy footage?