|Peter Quill, a man of the ’80s, finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict spanning the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe attempting to earn his title of Star-Lord with a team of ex-cons that includes a genetically engineered raccoon (Rocket Raccoon), a sentient alien tree of royal descent (Groot), a human who died and came back a killing machine (Drax the Destroyer), and powerful assassin who vows revenge against her master (Gamora).
Together they bring the fight to Ronan the Accuser for their own varied personal reasons, Nebula and her pirates, and their grandmaster, Thanos. The film stars Benicio Del Toro, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, and Zoe Saldana. It is directed by James Gunn. The script was written by Gunn, with story credits from Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman. Guardians of the Galaxy is currently set for release on August 01, 2014.
The fictional superhero team were first created in a 1969 issue of Marvel Super-Heroes #18 by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. The team originates in an alternate reality of the mainstream Marvel Universe, set in the 31st Century, and consists of a team that includes Major Vance Astro, an astronaut from the 20th century Earth who spends a thousand years traveling to Alpha Centauri in suspended animation; Martinex T'Naga, a crystalline alien from Pluto; Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu Udonta a blue-skinned "noble savage" from Centauri-IV. Their primary antagonist are the Badoon, a reptilian alien species in the fictional Marvel Comics universe, a world-conquering nomadic empire traversing throughout the far-reaches of space. The Guardians of the Galaxy received a resurgence in 2008 under the stewardship of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. In the aftermath of the Phalanx invasion of the Kree, Star-Lord decides to form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting the galaxy, rather than reacting to crises as they happen. To this end, he recruits Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Quasar, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, with Mantis as support staff.