The first trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy" is now online, finally giving us a real look at Marvel Studios' most surprising movie to date. The heroes of the title — Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon — are all characters from the pages of Marvel Comics, but they aren't of the superhero variety.
As you can see in the trailer, the Guardians of the Galaxy are more of the sarcastic, badass space-warrior type.
The reason you may not have heard about the Guardians of the Galaxy is because they've only existed as a team since 2008. That was when the band of misfits first got together to protect the universe from cataclysmic disasters and widespread destruction, eliminating potential threats before they grew. The series ran for two years and became a favorite among readers and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Now the little-known team is ready for its debut on the biggest stage in the game, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first trailer introduces wider audiences to the colorful cast of the characters that are sure to be household names come this summer.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" follows Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), a half-alien child of the 80s who comes into possession of a powerful blue orb and then quickly lands in a space prison. There he meets with his future teammates: the deadly Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the vengeful Drax (Dave Bautista), the gun-toting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and the sentient tree Groot (Vin Diesel). The five of them break out together and travel the universe, all the while avoiding the powerful Ronan (Lee) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) who are after the orb for their own reasons.
While the events of "Guardians of the Galaxy" take place lightyears away from Iron Man and the rest of teh Avengers, this is a shared universe, and you can bet that the events of this movie will affect future stories featuring the superhero team back on Earth.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" opens in theaters on August 1.