by Andy Moore on February 19, 2014


Guardians of the Galaxy was always one of the weirdest comics in the Marvel canon—the Guardians aren’t men in tights constantly saving New York (or a city that closely resembles it), but a talking raccoon and his humanoid tree friend, a green lady nicknamed the “most dangerous woman in the universe,” a brute of an alien, and a regular Joe who calls himself Star-Lord, all of whom carry rap sheets and superpowers more commonly seen in super-villains. Its first trailer premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.

Chris Pratt plays Star-Lord, and Bradley Cooper is the genetically engineered raccoon, Rocket, while John C. Reilly and Benecio del Toro are also featured in the super-eclectic cast. Pratt has been funny in everything he’s been in, and he delivers his lines here like a Han Solo forced to play lead. Which is pretty welcome: After ponderous stuff like Man of Steel and Captain America, it’s nice to see a superhero movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The movie comes out August 1.

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