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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Breakdown: First Look at Ronan the Accuser, Glenn Close and More

Today, Marvel dropped the full-length ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer during a Q&A with the cast and director James Gunn over Facebook, and we couldn’t be more pumped to see this superhero space opera hit the big screen. From our first look at Lee Pace‘s villainous Ronan The Accuser to Bradley Cooper voicing the foulmouthed and sassy Rocket Raccoon, the new footage has plenty to offer fans of Marvel and this relatively obscure comic property, while offering some nuggets that you may have missed on first glance.

Join us as we breakdown the latest ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer and reveal its secrets.

Star-Lord and the Next Infinity Stone

Chris Pratt Star-Lord

Chris Pratt is the leader of this group of misfit superheroes in space! As the only human of the team, Star-Lord/Peter Quill is introduced as a thief with his eye on the next Infinity Stone. (Remember from Odin’s speech in ‘Thor: The Dark World’? The Tesseract and the Aether were also Infinity Stones?)

Djimon Hounsou Korath

He’ll eventually learn that the stone is being eyed by Ronan The Accuser and has a lot more power than he realizes, but in the beginning he’s looking out for numero uno. By the looks of things, he’s intercepted by Korath (played by Djimon Hounsou), who’s one of the film’s villains, and some heavy action sequences commence. Is this what leads Star-Lord to be picked up and thrown into intergalactic jail (or whatever it’s called), along with the rest of the Guardians?

Star-Lord also has a cool ship called The Milano … just sayin’.

And Now We Meet Our Guardians:

We’ve already met Star-Lord (“A Thief”) in this ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer, but now we’re introduced to…

Rocket Raccoon and Groot (“Two Thugs”), voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively, who are best pals and fly around space together.

Gamora (“An Assassin”), the green-skinned Zoe Saldana. The skilled warrior was found by Thanos, who had wiped out her entire race, as an infant and was bestowed with powers, though she ultimately realized her mentor’s evil ways and bailed.

Drax The Destroyer (“And a Maniac”), played by WWE star Dave Bautista. And he is a maniac in every sense of the word. Arthur Douglas, a former sax player, was killed by Thanos, but was later brought back to life in a new body as Drax The Destroyer, who is basically like Hulk, considering the character’s tendency to flip out on everyone and everything around him.

These five unlikely heroes must work together to stop Ronan The Accuser from getting his hands on the latest Infinity Stone and destroying the galaxy. And speaking of…

FIRST LOOK: Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser

At long last, we finally get our first look at Ronan The Accuser, played by Lee Pace — and what a character transformation it is. Ronan is of the Kree race and takes the majority of his powers from his hammer-like weapon, which allows him to manipulate matter, absorb and project energy blasts (see above), achieve interstellar transportation and create “time-motion displacement fields.” His armor also affords him super-strength, the kind of strength that can lift up Drax like a rag doll (as seen later on in the trailer).

And here’s a hi-res screencap of the character for your viewing pleasure:

GOTG Trailer Ronna The Accuser

Ronan is the primary antagonist in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ though James Gunn revealed awhile back that Thanos, the bigger baddie revealed in the ‘Avengers’ post-credits scene, will make an appearance as the metaphorical puppet master pulling his minions’ strings.

But Is This Thanos?

In the midst of footage of Ronan is a glimpse at a purple hand clutching an Infinity Stone (perhaps?). As we previously said, Thanos will be popping up in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and James Gunn has already cast the actor who’ll be playing him. Think this is our first look at the “Mad Titan” or just another look at Ronan?

FIRST LOOK: Glenn Close as Nova Prime

Glenn Close also stars in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as Nova Prime, the head of the Nova Corps who are like S.H.I.E.L.D. but for outer space. And the armored guy standing in the background is modeling the Nova Corps armor we’ve seen countless times before very well.

Heading for Knowhere

So, what is that glowing-green planet the Guardians are flying towards? Why, it’s reportedly … Knowhere! According to Marvel, Knowhere is home base for The Collector. This guy …

… who you also saw in the ‘Thor: The Dark World’ post-credits scene acquiring the Aether from Sif and Volstagg. Located on the “edge of the universe,” Knowhere is actually a decapitated head of an unidentified Celestial, gargantuan beings with cosmic powers who generally take the form of armored constructs. So, that’s all that is.

Rocket Raccoon = Best Marvel Character Ever?

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ marks a number of firsts for Marvel, including the first time its cinematic universe is bringing a gun-blasting, foulmouthed, raccoon-looking alien to life by way of Bradley Cooper and CGI. He’s got catchphrases, has his own ship, can shoot-em-up like a boss, and is incredibly Gif-able. See below:

The Gamora-Nebula Showdown We Can’t Wait to See

We’ve already seen ‘Doctor Who’ star Karen Gillan as the villainous Nebula, a sword-wielding, blue-skinned alien with ties to Thanos and Ronan, but we’re even more excited to see the inevitable showdown between her and Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. The two have beef, having both grown up under Thanos’ tutelage, and are looking to settle the score.

Groot Is Like an Internet Cat Meme…With Hulk-Like Abilities

Voiced by Vin Diesel, Groot is the awesomely powerful tree-like alien of the Guardians with “Hulk SMASH” capabilities (see below), though is adorably confounded by a tape deck. He’s got super-strength, mental command over plant life, can regenerate his limbs (even his entire body) if severed, and he’s best buds with Rocket. Though don’t get him near fire or he’ll light up like the Scarecrow from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

But for as cool as this character is, he only has one line, though it’s one he repeats a lot in the film…

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