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A group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy.

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After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. Written by James Hake

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language | See all certifications »

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$170,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,320,883 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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$327,792,643 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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The character "Bug" was included in early versions of the script. He is a more recent addition to the Guardians lineup in the comics and served with them occasionally. Long time comics fans will also know Bug from another Mantlo created Marvel comic called Micronauts which ran from 1979-1986. See more »

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The human body is a pressurized system and can easily withstand the vacuum of space. It will not boil. This is a common misconception that has been shown to be false many times, most notably with the crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft who are the only people that have ever died of space exposure. The capillaries near the surface of the skin will often burst and some blood may trickle out of orifices such as the eyes and nose, but the main portion of the circulatory system, not to mention the internal organs, will remain perfectly intact. Due to the extreme cold of space, it is very possible for ice crystals to form from the ambient moisture on the skin as well. However, this would take quite some time since, in a vacuum, there is no medium to transfer the heat energy that would be required to turn water to ice. See more »

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A sprawling space opera full of humor and action.
30 July 2014 | by (www.nerdrep.com) – See all my reviews

I remember sitting in Hall H at Comic-Con two years ago, when Marvel first announced Guardians of the Galaxy. This came on the heels of the title reveals for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, and my initial reaction was one of utter confusion. What the hell was Guardians of the Galaxy? I was completely unfamiliar with the source material, and upon learning that the team featured a gun-wielding raccoon and a fighting tree creature whose could only speak a single phrase, I was even more puzzled.

Fast forward to Comic-Con 2013, when James Gunn appeared onstage in Hall H to showcase the first trailer for the film. It was so unlike anything Marvel had ever done before, so far outside the box that I immediately fell in love with it and couldn't wait to see more. Although that first trailer was well-received by the Comic-Con audience, the general public seemed to be scratching their heads in much the same way that I had when the film was first announced. Marvel fans would love this, no doubt, but could this bizarre little sci-fi romp with a cast of unknown characters actually work?

The answer is a resounding "yes," as Guardians of the Galaxy is not only an exceptionally well-made comic-book film, but an exceptionally well- made film, period. It's a sprawling space opera with a host of memorable characters, a joyous sci-fi romp through beautifully realized worlds, wildly inventive action sequences, and an almost nonstop barrage of humor and fun. The protagonists are a bizarre assembly of losers and misfits, with the CG-created Rocket and Groot providing some of the most emotional and human moments of the film, and it's all brilliant. Marvel should be applauded for allowing Gunn the opportunity to realize his vision, because rest assured, this film wouldn't have been nearly as good with someone else at the helm.

Guardians of the Galaxy has a distinct personality that sets it apart from other Marvel offerings, yet there are enough recognizable elements to remind audiences that it exists in the same world. Clocking in at just under two hours, the film maintains an impressively well-balanced pace, avoiding the problem of over-inflation that many superhero films fall victim to. I can't think of a single moment when I wasn't completely enthralled with everything that happens on screen, and as soon as the credits began to roll I was ready to watch it all over again.


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