‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Could Refresh Tired Marvel Formula

Marvel has released an extended trailer for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, which promises to be a more comedic take on the traditional Marvel comic-book movie formula than has been seen in the past.

Chris Pratt stars as the hero Star-Lord, who along with a motley crew of aliens is charged with saving the universe. Pratt is best known for his long-standing role on Parks and Recreation. Starring in the new Marvel franchise and leading the upcoming Jurassic Park reboot stand to turn Pratt from a loveable comedian into a movie star. Zoe Saldana co-stars as the green alien Gamora, and Star-Lord’s love interest. Saldana is an actress gorgeous enough to remain appealing while covered in green makeup. The film also features voice talent from Vin Diesel, who plays the tree-like alien Groot, and Bradley Cooper, who voices the character Rocket Raccoon.

The movie is considered to be a bit of a risk from Marvel, as the Guardians strip isn’t nearly as famous as Spider-Man or The Avengers characters. Using A-list actors that can potential for both comedy and action along with a sillier approach than is typical of Marvel seem to be good ways to set the film apart from other Marvel offerings and encourage people to go see it even though they’re not familiar with the story going in.

“I look around, and you know what I see? Losers,” Star-Lord says in the new trailer, which features the music of Joan Jett’s first band the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb.” The trailer teases lots of fun visuals of the story’s interstellar world.

“Why would you want to save the galaxy?” the wise-cracking Rocket asks at one point, to which Star-Lord responds, “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it.”

Threatening the galaxy is the villainous Nebula, played by Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan, who went completely bald for the role. Though she only appears for an instant in the new extended trailer, photos of Gillan as Nebula have gained praise from fans.

The Marvel formula has been criticized as being too predictable, as the never-ending string of Avengers films with their similar tone are starting to blend together. Marvel will always have their fan boys, but their movie schtick is getting boring and risks need to be taken if they want to make fresh and interesting films. Guardians seems likely to please Marvel fans and those who aren’t familiar with the comic with that top-notch cast. The actors show off their comedic chemistry in the extended trailer, which ends with Rocket belittling Star-Lord for having a half-baked plan.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters August 1.

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