Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel biggest gamble since they put all their chips on recovering drug addict Robert Downey Jr. in 2008. It’s based on a relatively unknown comic series, its cast is largely untested, and writer-director James Gunn is a guy whose resume include things like the Scooby Doo movies, Movie 43 and a bizarre indie called Super. Uh huh… big gamble – especially for a Disney-owned studio. For some reason, I found all these signs intriguing enough to place it on the list of my most anticipated films of 2014.
I’m glad I did because going off the terrific teaser trailer the studio aired last night on Jimmy Kimmell, the film looks to be an absolute joy – comic, witty, action-packed – just what a comic book movie should be. Like the best teaser trailers, it lays out the premise, the characters and sets up the tone perfectly. Take a look below.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens worldwide on August 1st and features a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.