Meet the anti-Avengers.
Marvel’s newest ensembles superhero franchise is called Guardians Of The Galaxy and is to Captain America and the conventionally handsome Avengers what Janis Ian is to The Plastics in that it revolves around an inter-species group of weirdo space heroes consisting of a talking racoon, two aliens and an ent-like tree monster.
Intrigued? A fifteen second teaser for the film has been released overnight and like most things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it appears to be an apocalyptic affair on which to hang begrudging camaraderie between a group of people who appear to be very different but are actually very similar, mid-air explosions and snappy one-liners about how short that racoon is.
The film stars Parks and Recreation player Chris Pratt as human lead Peter Quill, Avatar’s Zoe Saldana as alien #1 Gamora, WWE wrestler Dave Batista as alien #2 Drax The Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket the anthropomorphic racoon and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, a tree who doesn’t really speak much (excellent casting decision). Other players include Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, and John C. Reilly.