The 25: Whitlock & Pope’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014 – #10-1

3. Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1 US & UK)


Not to be outdone by Sony and Fox’s summer blockbusters, Marvel Studios throws Guardians of the Galaxy into the ring. Based on the 2008 reboot of the surreal space opera-esque comic, Guardians centers around a human astronaut/pilot named Peter Quill (later known by the more badass name Star-Lord) who steals a preciousss from Ronan the Accuser, and is forced to team up with a genetically modified, anthropomorphic, sharp-shooting raccoon; a sentient tree creature who kicks ass; an undead green superhuman out for revenge; and a green assassin/huntress whom Jim Kirk would almost certainly try to schtup in a Star Trek crossover.

Anyway, there are no previews out, but here’s Marvel’s trailer-of-a-trailer (this is a thing now) just so you get the idea that a raccoon warrior is more awesome than it sounds:

Upon announcement that the movie was in development, Guardians seemed like quite a gamble to comic geeks, due to the risk of introducing the non-basement dwelling, moviegoing public to a motley band of lesser-known comic book characters. On the other hand, a) Marvel’s had huge success in using its films to catapult the formerly B- list Iron Man into one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, and b) the public loves superteams, even when Jeremy Renner is involved.

There’s been a steadily building buzz around the ensemble cast (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio del Toro et al.) since last summer’s announcement. As a comic geek myself, I’m excited to see how the film stands on its own merit, as well as how it integrates into the Marvel Movie universe (Infinity Gauntlet, anyone?).–GW

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3 thoughts on “The 25: Whitlock & Pope’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014 – #10-1

  1. The thing I’m most interested about for Guardians of the Galaxy is Rocket Raccoon. I’m not talking about the fact that he’s, you know, a Raccoon (with rockets, I assume). I’m talking about the fact that in the comics he has a cockney accent. So he’s a heavily armed outer space procyon… from the East End. But they cast Bradley Cooper. Cue internet outrage: he has to be a cockney! He has to! To which Cooper says… he might do the accent. Might. Bottom line: I really really want Cooper to try the accent. And fail. It would only add to the general insanity that is Guardians of the Galaxy.

    (Side issue; this movie reminds me of Flash Gordon, a movie that is and always will be better than Star Wars).

    • Flash! AAAAHHH! Savior of the Universe!

      Speaking of which: when looking for a precedent to Rocket’s possible lack of accent, Flash Gordon cast Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless, and look how well that…nevermind.

  2. Another thought: Interstellar will be a new entry in a venerable series of science fiction endevours, which you could call “Through the Wormhole and What We Found There”.

    In Event Horizon they found hell.
    In The Black Hole they found hell, again (thanks, Disney!)
    In Flash Gordon they found Ornella Muti.
    In Pacific Rim it was alien scientists building Godzilla knock-offs.
    No-one can remember what they found in Lost In Space. Spiders or something.
    And in Contact they found Jodie Foster’s dad.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to finding out what destination Christopher Nolan settled on. Could it be a triple whammy for “hell”? As long as it’s not Matthew McConaughey’s childhood dog or what have you, I’m happy.

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