Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Analysis
Somewhere around my 5-7th viewing of the awesome new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer (let it never be said that Marvel doesn’t know how to cut a trailer), I realized something that gave me happy nerd-chills. That John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz were members of the Nova Corps.
As a lifelong Marvel fan, The Guardians were always distantly on my radar, but most of my experience with them comes back to crossover events with other titles. That in mind, I don’t really know much about who any of these characters are really meant to be. I do know the Nova Corps though.
Well, for those of you who don’t know about The Nova Corps, it is a blatant knock off of the Green Lantern Corps. The Space Police of the Marvel universe basically. The Richard Rider version of Nova is a character I actually am familiar with, having read a lot of his solo stuff and New Warriors back when I was a kid - but neither of these guys appears to be Rider, they’re generic members of the Corps. It seems they’re being played for laughs as typical police officers. I quite like that angle. Perhaps we’ll get a glimpse of the fun Green Lantern movie COULD have been?
That’s probably old news. I don’t know, seeing as I’ve not really been following the hype on Marvel’s upcoming Space Opera. OK, I saw the teaser in Thor 2, I’ve seen some images of Rocket and Groot and the ‘police line-up’, I saw Karen Gillen shaved her head (and pulled it the hell off)… it all looked fun, but I still wasn’t exactly excited about it. I try not to get caught up in the hype.
Then I see a trailer like this…
OK, I’m locked in. You’ve got me, Marvel, you beautiful film-making bastards. You’ve got me convinced that you’re about to pull off another Iron Man and transmute some of your most obscure heroes into fucking icons.
All day, I’ve been speculating about what the direction of the film might take. It certainly seems to have a Firefly sort of tone to it, which isn’t surprising seeing as Joss Whedon’s fingerprints are now all over the Marvel Movie Universe… and though the plot is a bit of a mystery still, I think the trailer does a great job of telling us who the characters are.
Going in the order of the line-up…
Drax The Destroyer
'Since his wife and family were killed he's been on a rampage across the Galaxy on a quest for vengeance.'
What if the Punisher were an alien? This basically. Again, I have very little real prior knowledge of Drax, but it seems from the trailer that his focus is on vengeance. Maybe he’ll have some side arc that leads him to the cathartic showdown with his family’s murderers.
'Soldier, assassin, wanted on over a dozen counts of murder.'
First of all, the green make-up on Zoe Saldana looks great, but it made me laugh, because she plays a fairly prominent role in another sci-fi series that is famous for its green women (I’m sure someone else must have pointed that out by now).
In the trailer we really hear about Gamora is her rap sheet and from that I gather that she is sort of the Wolverine or Electra of the group. She’s the cool psychopath. You know, the murderer. The one who breaks the biggest rules, but is, for some reason, still tolerated by everyone else.
'Wanted on over fifty charges of vehicular theft and escape from lock-up.'
He favours that gun over martial arts and I bet you anything that once we here him talk, he’ll be the one with all the real bastard charm. My theory about Rocket from the imagery and his list of offences is that this guy is going to be the Han Solo of the group. The biggest rogue in the band of rogues.
'Groot, been traveling recently as Rocket's personal house plant/muscle.'
Big, loyal, can’t really speak. Has a weirdly close pet/friend relationship to a more notorious buddy? He’s Chewbacca to Rocket’s Han. Get ready for some kind of bromance here.
'Wanted largely on charges of minor assault, public intoxication and fraud…'
So my theory about this guy is that he’s going to be the Luke Skywalker character, cleverly disguised as Han Solo. Sure, he may be a rogue like Solo, but compared to the others his rap sheet is petty as hell. From this trailer alone it seems clear that the gag with him will be that he believes he is more impressive than he actually is, as evidenced by his expecting those aliens to know him by reputation - and the later assertion by the Nova Corps guys that he made up his own bad-ass nickname.
From that low starting point as the biggest joke in a team that contains an anthropomorphic raccoon, the only way is up. I think the movie is going to be Star-Lord’s Hero’s Journey. He’ll be the normal guy (well, the most normal guy on the team) who over the course of the film becomes the biggest badass (alla Luke Skywalker).
I want to hear what you all think. What are YOU expecting out of this movie? Are you a fan of the Guardians from the comic? Do these versions of the characters line up with their print counterparts? Are the changes for the better or worse? Respond and let me know!
Today I have ran into a bit of a problem with the Ghostbusters/Pokemon piece.
The idea spun out of the Ghostbusters piece I did for the 1984 show for Bottleneck. As always, when I set out to draw the piece, I took to Google image search to see how many ways it had been done. Obviously other people had mashed up the franchises before, yet I thought I had a fresh take. Today however, a friend linked me to a couple of similar designs that had been circulating on Deviantart and T-Shirt sites.
So with my apologies to those who got there first, I have pulled it from sale. That said, because it’s out there now, I’m going to leave my piece up on my Tumblr for people to enjoy.