Get to Know Your Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy are coming on August 1, but who the heck are the Guardians of the Galaxy? You know, sometimes we get so wrapped up in our geeky internet bubbles, we forget that not everybody has the same points of reference when they enter the movie theater. Many of us already knew the identity of The Winter Soldier before the Captain America sequel came out, but if your theater was anything like the ones we went to, there were still a few audible gasps when his mask came off, emanating from audience members who had no idea what to expect.

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We’re not about to give away any of the secrets of Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest film from Marvel Studios, but we do want to give folks who aren’t familiar with these comics a bit of a primer, since the odds are good that at least some of them don’t know who the heck these guys are. And unlike Marvel’s previous team-up movie, none of this eclectic cast of characters were introduced in earlier movies. Some people still wonder what the heck a raccoon is doing in a superhero movie, and voiced by Bradley Cooper of all people.

So here they are, your Guardians of the Galaxy. No spoilers, just enough information to come into the film ready to have fun, and to avoid being overwhelmed by the sheer newness of this potential franchise. As the Guardians would say: you’re welcome.

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