In Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 a group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Take the rare opportunity to see all the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe during ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ and view never-before-seen set pieces from your favourite films.
James Gunn’s rollicking cosmic shenanigans find orphaned Earth boy Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) summoned into space, where he grows into a pan-galactic treasure hunter and legend in his own mind. He falls in (to space prison) with trigger happy raccoon-like Rocket (Bradley Cooper), sentient tree Groot (Vin Diesel), the extremely literal Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), adopted daughter of arch-villain Thanos (Josh Brolin). These ‘Guardians’ must contend with Quill’s murderous mentor Yondu (Michael Rooker) and the genocidal Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who seeks the purple Power Stone — the third of the Infinity Stones — on behalf of Thanos.
‘I’m a warrior, an assassin. I don’t dance.’
‘Really? Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It’s called ‘Footloose’. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is.’
Gamora and Peter Quill
With its ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’ soundtrack — in the film, a gift to Quill from his dying mother — Guardians of the Galaxy revels in far-out locations and high-impact space battles, and brings Thanos to the fore as the manipulator behind the greater machinations of the Cinematic Universe.
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Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Installation view of the ‘Alternate dimensions’ room, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA