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New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is here plus Q&A highlights!

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On Friday, Marvel revealed the new and insanely awesome GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY poster which I've decided to include in any article I write about this film, Marvel, or raccoons. It's just that good. Even the teaser to the trailer showed off some pretty great elements, but now we have the full trailer in all of it's glory.

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Most comic book films struggle to make one character seem interesting, let alone a whole group of them.  The fact that this trailer accomplishes that in the span of two minutes says a lot!  And given the source material, it looks like bringing director James Gunn (SLITHER) was an inspired choice. The man looks to have a great handle on the material, and as much as people are enjoying seeing Iron Man, Thor and Captain American in theaters, I think it's time they're ready for a little something extra. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY looks to deliver that, and I can't wait!

Some of the cast was also kind enough to do a bit of a Q&A on Facebook, so we've taken some of the highlights from there and posted them for your reading enjoyment below. There's some interesting info in there, and if you're wondering if Chris Pratt is that funny in real life . . . the answer is a resounding "yes"

James Gunn, on the possibly seeing a villains poster (because the heroes one is so badass):

There is indeed a chance of that and more. Bring on Yondu!!

James Gunn's influences while shooting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:

So many. One of the biggest influences was - and no one is going to expect this answer - Magritte's Empire of Light paintings. I was also very influenced by many of the great space epics and science fiction films AND westerns like the films of Sergio Leone. Not to mention of course the comics, especially Abnett and Lanning and Jim Starlin.

The most beautiful scene in the movie according to James Gunn:

I don't want to give it away, but it's with Groot. Hooray for our visual effects team!

James Gunn on whether or not we learn about Drax and Rocket's past, as well as any possible appearance from the Hulk:

We find out a little about their pasts. No Hulk in this movie, sorry.

James Gunn on why Hooked on a Feeling was used in the trailer:

Hooked on a Feeling is one of the songs on Quill's mixed cassette tape - the last reminder he has of his childhood on earth. The music is also a way to keep us grounded in this out of the world space epic. We have lots of cool songs - more will be revealed soon!

On whether or not James Gunn would return for a sequel:

I believe I am contractually obliged to do that whether I want to or not. But, of course, I'd love it. I love these guys so much - the guys at Marvel and the cast. They've become very close friends.

Vin Diesel on how many times he says the line, "I am Groot":

Oh god... maybe a thousand? I don't know. It felt like a thousand. James Gunn and I were having so much with it. So it could've been a thousand. And it was amazing to go in there and to work with someone who wanted to explore the character- we wanted each "I am Groot" to mean something different... It reminded me, as an actor, how much we can do with so little- and if we're passionate about it, good thing can come from it.

Vin Diesel on what the most challenging aspect about getting into character:

It was very personal- it was the month after the accident happened with my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since. Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic- especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing- and it may have been more challenging under other circumstances, but at that time, it was very therapeutic.

Dave Bautista on his reaction on getting the role of Drax:

The simple answer to my reaction is: tears of joy. I was driving down the street and my manager and my agent called me and I broke down in tears. I screamed at the top of my lungs: YES! Then I thought: Is there any way they could change their minds?

Chris Pratt (Star Lord) on what it was like working with Rocket Raccoon:

Thank you for the thoughtful question. He was a total f*cking nightmare.

Chris Pratt's emotions when he got the call to play Star Lord:

I was calm, I felt as though I knew I had an incredible amount of work to do and although I was feeling excited I immediately went into smooth operator mode and slowly starting chipping away at the mountain of work that I had in front of me. Also, I had a boner. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, starring Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillian, Djimon Honsou, John C. Reilly, as well as the voices of Bradley Cooper as the enigmatic Rocket and Vin Diesel as Groot, will hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

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11:24PM on 05/20/2014

I'm in

Not familiar with the source material, but this looks like a lot of fun. Hopefully the movie lives up to the trailer.
Not familiar with the source material, but this looks like a lot of fun. Hopefully the movie lives up to the trailer.
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9:46AM on 05/20/2014
Okay wait. Why is Yondu seem to be referred to as a villain? Did they change his backstory that much?
Okay wait. Why is Yondu seem to be referred to as a villain? Did they change his backstory that much?
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9:09AM on 05/20/2014
I'm beyond fucking excited for this, it's tailor-made for me. Sci-fi, action, comedy and anti-heroes.
I'm beyond fucking excited for this, it's tailor-made for me. Sci-fi, action, comedy and anti-heroes.
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7:48AM on 05/20/2014
Love how Marvel keeps hinting in these trailers that they know its a big risk doing a film like this. I can see this not making Avengers type cash, but it'll do nicely and can see fans falling in love with Rocket.
Love how Marvel keeps hinting in these trailers that they know its a big risk doing a film like this. I can see this not making Avengers type cash, but it'll do nicely and can see fans falling in love with Rocket.
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4:46AM on 05/20/2014
Love it. Only problem with both trailers is it gets Hooked on a Feeling stuck in our heads, so whenever someone starts chanting "ooga chaga" we have to start singing it :-P
Love it. Only problem with both trailers is it gets Hooked on a Feeling stuck in our heads, so whenever someone starts chanting "ooga chaga" we have to start singing it :-P
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1:20AM on 05/20/2014
I knew Bradley Cooper was going to be an awful pick for Rocket Raccoon's voice and this trailer confirms it. The trailer was great but hate that they ruined Rocket by giving him that stale boring voice.
I knew Bradley Cooper was going to be an awful pick for Rocket Raccoon's voice and this trailer confirms it. The trailer was great but hate that they ruined Rocket by giving him that stale boring voice.
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1:12AM on 05/20/2014
this look like a fuckton of fun
this look like a fuckton of fun
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11:16PM on 05/19/2014

I'm sold...

Wonder what capacity we'll see Thanos play in this, if at all?
Wonder what capacity we'll see Thanos play in this, if at all?
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9:09PM on 05/19/2014

BLAM!

This trailer just murdered me...
This trailer just murdered me...
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9:09PM on 05/19/2014
If this works then expect a Starjammers movie from Fox and a Legion movie from Warners.
If this works then expect a Starjammers movie from Fox and a Legion movie from Warners.
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9:06PM on 05/19/2014
Cruella De Vil/Cruella De Vil/If she doesn't scare you/No evil thing will...
Cruella De Vil/Cruella De Vil/If she doesn't scare you/No evil thing will...
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8:08PM on 05/19/2014
This trailer is so cool, it's fulfilled my expectations of the film already. Zaldana is even sexier in green than in blue. Diesel might not have the greatest of ranges, I don't really know, but if anyone can communicate a lot with few words, he is the Iron Giant in that area. Thislooks like such a blast. Star Wars has a real contender here.
This trailer is so cool, it's fulfilled my expectations of the film already. Zaldana is even sexier in green than in blue. Diesel might not have the greatest of ranges, I don't really know, but if anyone can communicate a lot with few words, he is the Iron Giant in that area. Thislooks like such a blast. Star Wars has a real contender here.
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7:13PM on 05/19/2014
The 60s era music is a turn-off but otherwise it looks neat.
The 60s era music is a turn-off but otherwise it looks neat.
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8:47PM on 05/19/2014
Somebody doesn't respect the classics hAha
Somebody doesn't respect the classics hAha
9:13PM on 05/19/2014
Somebody doesn't understand the plot either...
Somebody doesn't understand the plot either...
7:05PM on 05/19/2014
I hope for the merchandise of this movie they have a "I AM GROOT," T-Shirt.
I hope for the merchandise of this movie they have a "I AM GROOT," T-Shirt.
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6:41PM on 05/19/2014
I'm sure it will be a fun flick but I fear it will fall flat with the masses. It will probably do Incredible Hulk busines.
I'm sure it will be a fun flick but I fear it will fall flat with the masses. It will probably do Incredible Hulk busines.
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7:08PM on 05/19/2014
Why do you think that? Go on share.To weird a looking movie,not a popular enough comic , it`s a sci-fi movie,bad trailer?
Why do you think that? Go on share.To weird a looking movie,not a popular enough comic , it`s a sci-fi movie,bad trailer?
8:10PM on 05/19/2014
Indeed, what data leads you to that particular conclusion, doctor Watson?
Indeed, what data leads you to that particular conclusion, doctor Watson?
8:47PM on 05/19/2014
Don't be bitches fan boys. It's an unknown entity outside of geekdom. Why else do you think its being released in August? Its not even a tentpole. It's a $45 mill opening. If it does better, great, fantastic. You all went ape shit for Watchmen and it tanked. So don't get your panties in a wad. I'm only making an assessment as I see it.
Don't be bitches fan boys. It's an unknown entity outside of geekdom. Why else do you think its being released in August? Its not even a tentpole. It's a $45 mill opening. If it does better, great, fantastic. You all went ape shit for Watchmen and it tanked. So don't get your panties in a wad. I'm only making an assessment as I see it.
11:24PM on 05/19/2014
We be not the ones doing the bitching. And why so pessimistic about it? Just consider all the kids getting to see Rocket Raccoon on screen, it doesn't really matter if they didn't know him from before, they know him now. Spaceships, aliens, villains, and it looks bloody rip roaring fun? I don't think comparing it to angry Hulk all by himself or the gritty Watchmen is the right way to analyze it's potential.
We be not the ones doing the bitching. And why so pessimistic about it? Just consider all the kids getting to see Rocket Raccoon on screen, it doesn't really matter if they didn't know him from before, they know him now. Spaceships, aliens, villains, and it looks bloody rip roaring fun? I don't think comparing it to angry Hulk all by himself or the gritty Watchmen is the right way to analyze it's potential.
2:21PM on 05/20/2014
I agree with dkev about the reception this movie may get from mass audiences. Here's my reasoning... I compare this movie to SERENITY, which was the same genre movie that had a good cult following from the show and whedon fans, but failed to register with mass audiences at the box office. The biggest problem? No A-list star leading the cast. I like Chris Pratt, but he is hardly a household name or leading man enough to carry a movie. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel is Marvel's attempt at name
I agree with dkev about the reception this movie may get from mass audiences. Here's my reasoning... I compare this movie to SERENITY, which was the same genre movie that had a good cult following from the show and whedon fans, but failed to register with mass audiences at the box office. The biggest problem? No A-list star leading the cast. I like Chris Pratt, but he is hardly a household name or leading man enough to carry a movie. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel is Marvel's attempt at name dropping, hoping it will pull in people. Sci-fi isn't for everyone, especially not well known characters and stories. Just my opinion...
7:26PM on 05/20/2014
Nammerman, true, but what about the kid-friendly elements? I think this could be very attractive to the little ones, much more than Serenity. Plus it's so crazy that some people will see it out of curiosity. Pratt is not that known, yet, but he seems so good in the role that he looks like a star already. If the film is as well put together as it looks like it's fun it has a good chance of doing real well.
Nammerman, true, but what about the kid-friendly elements? I think this could be very attractive to the little ones, much more than Serenity. Plus it's so crazy that some people will see it out of curiosity. Pratt is not that known, yet, but he seems so good in the role that he looks like a star already. If the film is as well put together as it looks like it's fun it has a good chance of doing real well.
6:37PM on 05/19/2014

Classic rock soundtrack!

As someone else said in a post earlier, I fucking love the music they've been using for this movie!
As someone else said in a post earlier, I fucking love the music they've been using for this movie!
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6:35PM on 05/19/2014

Phenomenal Trailer!

The first trailer was cool but it also had me a little nervous. This however, looks fucking fantastic. This movie just went to the top of my most anticipated of the summer list.
The first trailer was cool but it also had me a little nervous. This however, looks fucking fantastic. This movie just went to the top of my most anticipated of the summer list.
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6:34PM on 05/19/2014
I love how Marvel understands the importance of translating their properties to the big screen. For such a high concept property that would seem impossible to translate to the big screen, I think Marvel hits this one out of the park.
I love how Marvel understands the importance of translating their properties to the big screen. For such a high concept property that would seem impossible to translate to the big screen, I think Marvel hits this one out of the park.
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4:39PM on 05/19/2014
if they can capture a tenth of the Firefly vibe, this will be one for the ages! maybe not a billion dollar grosser, but its going in my 3D collection!
if they can capture a tenth of the Firefly vibe, this will be one for the ages! maybe not a billion dollar grosser, but its going in my 3D collection!
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5:16PM on 05/19/2014
No man, we want people to actually see this movie, not just have a small group of people claim for years that it was unjustly ignored. We want this to be a film that the general masses love, which firefly was not nor ever going to be.
No man, we want people to actually see this movie, not just have a small group of people claim for years that it was unjustly ignored. We want this to be a film that the general masses love, which firefly was not nor ever going to be.
4:22PM on 05/19/2014

I... JUST... CAN'T... WAIT...

'nough said
'nough said
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3:43PM on 05/19/2014
Looks good. Not totally sold on Bradley Cooper's voice for Rocket yet but it'll probably grow on me. One of my most anticipated films for sure.
Looks good. Not totally sold on Bradley Cooper's voice for Rocket yet but it'll probably grow on me. One of my most anticipated films for sure.
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3:39PM on 05/19/2014
This looks like fun. I hope it delivers. And I'm loving the classic looking poster.
This looks like fun. I hope it delivers. And I'm loving the classic looking poster.
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3:31PM on 05/19/2014
I'm really diggin' the use of classic rock in the trailer, I hope it continues throughout the film!!!!
I'm really diggin' the use of classic rock in the trailer, I hope it continues throughout the film!!!!
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3:21PM on 05/19/2014
This is really starting to grow on me.
Much like my pants when I look at Zo Saldana. Girl looks good in green.
This is really starting to grow on me.
Much like my pants when I look at Zo Saldana. Girl looks good in green.
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8:02PM on 05/19/2014
yup
yup
3:18PM on 05/19/2014

"This might not be a good idea..."

I find it funny that line is included in the trailer, because that's kinda my thoughts right now. While better than the first trailer for me and certainly seems like an enjoyable popcorn muncher type movie, I don't think it will be a home run Marvel film as the ones previous. Time will tell...
I find it funny that line is included in the trailer, because that's kinda my thoughts right now. While better than the first trailer for me and certainly seems like an enjoyable popcorn muncher type movie, I don't think it will be a home run Marvel film as the ones previous. Time will tell...
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4:47PM on 05/19/2014
How dare you say anything that isn't complete [link] around here.

Agree with you 100 percent.
How dare you say anything that isn't complete [link] around here.

Agree with you 100 percent.
2:22PM on 05/20/2014
Ha! sometimes you just have to accept all the negatives you will get and post...

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so...
Ha! sometimes you just have to accept all the negatives you will get and post...

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so...
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3:10PM on 05/19/2014
Looks like fun. But is Vin Diesel really on hand just to repeat "I Am Groot" over and over again? It sounds like a waste of talent.
Looks like fun. But is Vin Diesel really on hand just to repeat "I Am Groot" over and over again? It sounds like a waste of talent.
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4:19PM on 05/19/2014
On the contrary (IMO)
To be able to express a different feeling with each 'I Am Groot' will (I hope) be a proof of his talent: Minimalism is the hardest thing to do for an actor.
On the contrary (IMO)
To be able to express a different feeling with each 'I Am Groot' will (I hope) be a proof of his talent: Minimalism is the hardest thing to do for an actor.
7:14PM on 05/19/2014
If they can make "I am Groot" work in the comics then i`m sure it`ll translate well to the big screen.I`m sure Vin isn`t complaining. Easiest paycheck he`ll ever earn.
If they can make "I am Groot" work in the comics then i`m sure it`ll translate well to the big screen.I`m sure Vin isn`t complaining. Easiest paycheck he`ll ever earn.
7:26AM on 05/20/2014
I think I remember hearing a rumor that Vin Diesel was in talks to not only voice Groot, but also play another Marvel character down the line. If so, this is his foot in the door to the Universe.
I think I remember hearing a rumor that Vin Diesel was in talks to not only voice Groot, but also play another Marvel character down the line. If so, this is his foot in the door to the Universe.
2:50PM on 05/19/2014

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!

I already know that I'm gonna LOVE this movie! It looks so much fun. Very excited about this one.
I already know that I'm gonna LOVE this movie! It looks so much fun. Very excited about this one.
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2:40PM on 05/19/2014
This looks like it is going to be an absolute blast! Everything about it just awesome in all the right ways. It's like everything I love about Cowboy Bebop and Firefly rolled into one kick ass looking movie.
This looks like it is going to be an absolute blast! Everything about it just awesome in all the right ways. It's like everything I love about Cowboy Bebop and Firefly rolled into one kick ass looking movie.
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2:39PM on 05/19/2014
"Ah what the hell, I ain't got that long of a life span anyway"
"Ah what the hell, I ain't got that long of a life span anyway"
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2:29PM on 05/19/2014
Did I just see Rocket adjust his junk. I don't think Vin Diesle did any motion capture but damn he nailed Groot. This looks awesome and I can't wait for august.
Did I just see Rocket adjust his junk. I don't think Vin Diesle did any motion capture but damn he nailed Groot. This looks awesome and I can't wait for august.
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2:28PM on 05/19/2014
Shut up and take my money.
Shut up and take my money.
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2:23PM on 05/19/2014
This trailer was better then some actual films. It really did a great job of selling the characters, universe, and film without being spoilerish at all. It looks fantastic in every way and very colorful and imaginative. Just the aspects a comic book film like this needs.

And at the end of it all, this might end up surpassing Winter Soldier as being my favorite solo MCU film.
This trailer was better then some actual films. It really did a great job of selling the characters, universe, and film without being spoilerish at all. It looks fantastic in every way and very colorful and imaginative. Just the aspects a comic book film like this needs.

And at the end of it all, this might end up surpassing Winter Soldier as being my favorite solo MCU film.
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3:46PM on 05/19/2014
If the third Man of Steel trailer taught me anything...it's that I will never rely on a trailer to make a predication about the movie surpassing another movie that has already established itself as being great (say Batman Begins!). This trailer leaves me with confidence that this movie will be enjoyable like all previous Marvel movies - will it surpass the Winter Soldier...initial thoughts...it's unlikely - the Winter Soldier knocked it out of the park - that doesn't happen often - but we'll
If the third Man of Steel trailer taught me anything...it's that I will never rely on a trailer to make a predication about the movie surpassing another movie that has already established itself as being great (say Batman Begins!). This trailer leaves me with confidence that this movie will be enjoyable like all previous Marvel movies - will it surpass the Winter Soldier...initial thoughts...it's unlikely - the Winter Soldier knocked it out of the park - that doesn't happen often - but we'll only know when we see GotG in its entirety.
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2:14PM on 05/19/2014
I know I'm not the only one that had to rewind that Karen and Zoe face/yell off. Badass.
I know I'm not the only one that had to rewind that Karen and Zoe face/yell off. Badass.
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2:10PM on 05/19/2014

This looks,...

...FANTASTIC! Lovin' the tone of the movie! Can't wait!
...FANTASTIC! Lovin' the tone of the movie! Can't wait!
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2:09PM on 05/19/2014

Welp....

Expect to see TONS of Guardians of the Galaxy costumes this Halloween.
Expect to see TONS of Guardians of the Galaxy costumes this Halloween.
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2:09PM on 05/19/2014
Great trailer. I like that it gave us a closer look at the characters, without revealing any of the major plot points.

Also a great choice to finish with "Hooked on a Feeling" again . Everyone is going to have it stuck in their head all summer.
Great trailer. I like that it gave us a closer look at the characters, without revealing any of the major plot points.

Also a great choice to finish with "Hooked on a Feeling" again . Everyone is going to have it stuck in their head all summer.
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2:06PM on 05/19/2014
Damn. This movie looks like it will be really fun to watch. August needs to hurry up and get here.
Damn. This movie looks like it will be really fun to watch. August needs to hurry up and get here.
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2:00PM on 05/19/2014
double post sorry folks.
double post sorry folks.
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2:00PM on 05/19/2014
I had a smile on my face the whole time, looks fantastic.
I had a smile on my face the whole time, looks fantastic.
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