Aren’t you? If anything, talk about an unconventional turn into next year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”—the official final entry in the Marvel “Phase Two” rollout. Hey, outside of the trailers, I know absolutely nothing about “Guardians of the Galaxy”, or its history as a comic book. It just looks like it could work. And, I must say, that the choice of James Gunn as director has only sweetened the pot. If only because his directorial debut with “Slither” in 2006 was so damn impressive. Respectful of its genre, and obviously heavily influenced by the work of David Cronenberg, Frank Henenlotter and John Carpenter, Gunn provided us with a creepy, gross, horror offering, with lots of smarts—and quite a few chuckles too. James also wrote the screenplay for the knockout 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead”. That debut, from director Zack Snyder, actually outdid its predecessor in multiple ways. So yeah, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is starting to look like a late-summer must.
Need more? Okay…here’s some of your cast: Zoe “Uhura” Saldana as Gamora. Vin “Riddick” Diesel as Groot. Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper as Rocket the raccoon. “Slither”‘s Michael Rooker as Yondu. “Gladiator”‘s Djimon Housou as Korath. The prolific John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey. Then add Oscar winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, and class things up with the legendary Glenn Close as Nova Prime Irani Rael. The immortal Stan Lee, of course, is slated for a cameo. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is being released in the United States on August 1st, and will be available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Can I guarantee it’s going to be worthwhile? No, that I cannot do. But, let’s just say for now that I’m “hooked on a feeling”. And I’m hunching that my premonition is correct.