Vin Diesel recorded all his lines in several different languages, including Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French, so that they could use his real voice in the film around the world.
Chris Pratt apparently stole his Star-Lord costume from the set, for the sole purpose of having it available so he could show up in costume to visit sick children in the hospital, who might want to meet Star-Lord.
James Gunn stated that Chris Pratt's audition was so good, he was prepared to offer him the role, even if Pratt did not lose weight, or get in shape in time. Gunn joked that he was willing to CGI a six-pack on Pratt's body. However, Pratt asked Gunn to give him six months to lose fifty pounds, and he ended up losing sixty.
The soundtrack album "Awesome Mix, Vol. 1" reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, the first film soundtrack ever to do so without any original music. It was also nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack.
According to Vin Diesel, his performance as Groot helped him through a dark time in his life. He was dealing with the loss of his best friend and "Fast and Furious" co-star Paul Walker: "It was the first time I came back to dealing with human beings after dealing with death, so playing a character who celebrates life in the way Groot does, was very nice."
Zoe Saldana nearly broke Chris Pratt's ribs while filming a fight sequence. During training, Pratt and Saldana would wear protective gear so they could actually hit each other. However, when the day came to film the scene, Pratt forgot to wear his protective gear and did not tell Saldana, because he thought she would hold back if she knew. Saldana (under the impression he was wearing the gear like he usually did) kicked him square in the ribs, which made Pratt fall to the ground. According to Pratt, he had a bruise for the remainder of filming.
The scene where Peter drops the orb during the Collector scene was also not scripted. According to the commentary, Chris Pratt accidentally dropped it during filming, but remained in character through the whole thing, so it stayed in the final film.
James Gunn didn't want to see Chris Pratt auditioning. He was convinced later by his assistant, at the end of the auditions. After Pratt read for thirty seconds, Gunn stated that he knew Pratt was perfect for the role.
Prior to release, Bill Mantlo, the comic book writer who created Rocket Raccoon, and has been permanently hospitalized, due to the severity of a crippling traffic accident in 1992, was granted a private screening by Marvel Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. According to his brother, Michael Mantlo, Bill was pleased with the adaptation (which credits him by name as the character's creator) and considered the occasion a happy day for him and his family.
It took the Make-up Artists five hours daily to do make-up, and apply eighteen prosthetic tattoo pieces onto Dave Bautista. Chris Pratt revealed that during the process, Bautista stood the entire time, with hands holding onto rails which had tennis balls on them, with no complaints whatsoever. Eventually, the process was narrowed down to an average of three hours, while ninety minutes were required to remove the make-up.
James Gunn would keep a pile of little Play-Doh containers on set. If someone did an especially amazing job that day, whether it was an actor, a grip, a stunt man, or a personal assistant, he or she would get a canister of Play-Doh. Gunn says he gave out forty containers over the entire shoot, on an 85-day shoot, with a crew of two hundred: "I love the smell of Play-Doh. Opening a new container and smelling it, puts me in a creative, child-like place, and who doesn't love playing with Play-Doh?"
Iron Man was planned to have a cameo role in this film (in an homage to his being the Guardians' latest member in the comics around 2013), but this was scrapped when Robert Downey, Jr. said he may not reprise his role as Tony Stark in the future. Downey has since signed a contract to reprise the role for two "Avengers" sequels.
Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista spent two and a half months training and rehearsing for their fight scene. On the Friday night before the Monday that they were scheduled to film the scene, James Gunn decided that the fight wouldn't work on camera, so he scrapped the entire sequence, for which they had been practicing. Gunn also decided he wanted the entire fight to be filmed in one long shot, with no cuts. As a result, Pratt and Bautista only had a few hours to learn the choreography for the fight sequence, which is in the movie. According to Bautista, it took them twenty-two takes to get it right on film.
Chris Pratt went on a very strict training regimen and diet for six months, and dropped sixty pounds, eventually getting a six-pack for his shirtless scenes. He said it was a lot of hard work, almost "torturous", but when he was filming his shirtless scenes, and saw the playback on the monitor, he felt the effort was well worth it, and was "extremely excited to see the best possible physical version of himself".
Stan Lee's cameo was originally going to feature him as one of the Collector's boxed trophies, giving Groot the middle finger. Disney executives didn't like this, and had James Gunn change it to Lee being an alien Casanova.
In the comics, Drax is green. However, for the film, his color was changed to a muddier grey, partly because the movie already had a bright-green character (Gamora), but mostly to distinguish his appearance from the Hulk.
According to James Gunn, the film's soundtrack is composed mainly of 1970s-'80s songs, as they are part of Quill's memories of Earth: "The music is one of those touchstones we have to remind us that Quill is a real person from planet Earth who's just like you and me, except that he's in this big outer space adventure."
According to the filmmakers, Rocket Raccoon in this film is a unique product of experimentation: "He's a little animal who was taken and experimented on and pulled apart and put back together again and implanted with cybernetics and he's half-machine and half-raccoon. And he's a gnarled, miserable, angry creature because there's nothing else like him. And that's something not easy to be."
Djimon Hounsou took the role of Korath for the sake of his son: "I have a son who loves superheroes from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Batman. One day he looks at me and says 'Dad, I want to be light-skinned so I could be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has light skin.' That was sort of a shock." In recent years, in the Marvel Ultimates comic book universe, the Spider-Man mantle has been held by Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Hispanic teenager.
Chris Pratt thought it was extremely important "to have the physicality of a comic book hero" to play Star-Lord. Growing up, he had "always been fascinated with the anatomy of comic book heroes" and he would always draw them as very "cut and ripped", and felt he had to appear similar, in order to do the role justice.
Josh Brolin is uncredited, and in fact was the last person cast. He was offered the role while filming Everest (2015). He based the characterization of Thanos primarily on Marlon Brando's role of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979).
"Cherry Bomb" was actually played on set as the characters made their epic entrance before the final battle, to help them get into character. Tyler Bates composed the original score before the filming process began so it could be played on set to help the actors' performance in certain scenes. "Cherry Bomb" is also the name of the band from Howard the Duck (1986). Howard appears in the end-of-credits scene, and was the first movie based off of a Marvel comic.
James Gunn reasoned that the usage of songs from the 1970s would help grounding to reality and providing fun juxtaposition. In an interview, he revealed he had compiled a list of hit songs which appear in the Billboard charts during this time, and narrowed it down to one hundred twenty to be considered for use in the film. It helped Gunn entirely throughout production, as some scenes were either filmed around the music as it played in the background, or it served as inspiration for him to write a scene around the track.
Chris Pratt said that a shirtless "selfie" of himself taken during the filming of Zero Dark Thirty (2012) won him the role of Star-Lord in this film. On a chat show on which he appeared, he had released a photo of himself in his underwear, flexing and showing off an excessively ripped and muscular body. It was this photo that convinced the producers of this film that he could actually get in shape and play a superhero. During final meetings, they brought out the picture of him, and asked him if he could get back that physique. He promised them he could, and he actually surpassed it with an even more rigorous six-month training schedule.
According to James Gunn, Star-Lord's ship the Milano is based on a hot rod: "Its environment is reminiscent of Earth, and has a tangible quality, mechanical with chrome and leather, and a muscle-car look."
In the film, Ronan the Accuser is an Admiral serving under Thanos. This combines his classic Marvel comics portrayal (a top-ranking Military Governor) with his Marvel Ultimate comics portrayal (an ally of Thanos).
James Gunn cites Iron Man (2008) as an influence on the film: "We are starting Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is Marvel Cosmic, and we're doing exactly what they did with the first Iron Man film."
In the unreleased trailer shown at the 2013 Comic-Con and D23 Expo, Peter Quill, giving the finger to the Nova Corps officers, was not blurred, and did not have the "Obscene Gesture Alert" graphic. This was intentionally added in the official trailer for general audiences.
James Gunn has stated several times that Rocket was a big, if not the main, reason he wanted to make this movie. In fact, when it was confirmed that the film was a hit, Gunn put a heartfelt thank you letter online, specifically thanking everyone for letting a Raccoon make them a little more human.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" was first published in January 1969 with a different team. The team in the film is also composed of characters who existed in Marvel Comics prior to the first "Star Wars" movie: -Star-Lord appeared in Marvel Preview #4 (January, 1976). -Rocket Raccoon appeared in Marvel Preview #7 (Summer, 1976). -Gamora appeared in Strange Tales #180 (June, 1975). -Drax the Destroyer appeared in Iron Man #55 (February, 1973). -Groot appeared in Tales to Astonish #13 (November, 1960).
According to James Gunn, Ronan's ship, the Dark Aster, is designed after a mausoleum: "It's minimal and brutal, a stark gray colorless world devoid of any set dressing whatsoever, and relying purely on its heavy concrete-like architecture to convey its tone and function."
This story of how Drax has trouble with language really struck a chord with an autistic child. Dave Bautista re-posted the story on his Facebook page, commenting, "I have to say this is pretty awesome and unexpected."
In the space prison, Peter Quill's description mentions: "A.K.A.: Space Lord." This is a reference to the running gag that no one seems to remembers Quill's outlaw name, Star-Lord, throughout the film.
The character Yondu supposedly sports a Mohawk-style hair as depicted in comics, but James Gunn decided not to give his friend Michael Rooker a wig, reasoning that Rooker's clumsiness would be a foil to his acting.
Was the highest grossing film of summer 2014 at the North American box-office, becoming the first August release to top the summer box-office since ticket sales were regularly tabulated in the mid-1970s.
As of August 2014, this movie holds the record for being the widest August release in over four thousand eighty theaters, breaking the previous record holder, which was G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) with four thousand seven theaters.
The film was nominated for two Academy Awards at the 87th Academy Awards, Best Make-up Achievement and Achievement in Visual Effects, but lost out to The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Interstellar (2014).
Jason Momoa auditioned and was offered the role of Drax the Destroyer, but turned down the role, because he didn't want to be pigeonholed as a brute by the audience (having played several action roles) and to free himself up to direct Road to Paloma (2014).
Before the final "big battle" scene, the Guardians are all together in a circle and one-by-one they stand up and verbally commit to join Quill's mission. When Rocket stands up, he distinctly performs what is known in the Trek universe as the "Picard Maneuver." He stands up and with both hands (or paws) tugs the bottom of his uniform top, presumably to ensure a nice crisp fit. It is unknown if this was an intentional nod to the Trekkers in the viewing audience, but most Picard fans likely caught this in the movie.
James Gunn once joked about how George Lucas heavily edited the original Star Wars trilogy for re-releases. After the release of this film, Gunn admitted he would like to go back to re-edit several scenes like Lucas.
The seven-pointed flame emblem the Ravagers have on their clothes was originally the emblem of the original seven members of the 2008 "Guardians of the Galaxy" Marvel comic, upon which this film is based.
The Badoon (recurring enemies of the Guardians in the comics) couldn't be used, since their rights belong to 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four franchise, even though supplementary material has established their existence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Sakaarans were used to fill the gap.
When attending the 18th Nantucket Film Festival, Glenn Close stated that she only agreed to star in the film since "it will then afford me to go do the other kind of movies that I really love." However, she followed it up by saying; "And hopefully I will have a great time. It'll be a new experience for me, but practically speaking it will mean that I can do those smaller movies and it'll be okay."
Three soundtracks were released: Tyler Bates' score, an album of the songs on Quill's Walkman mixtape and a "deluxe" compilation of the two albums. The mixtape album was actually given a limited release on cassette, the first cassette released by Walt Disney Group since 2003 (the cassette version also included a digital download version of the album).
According to James Gunn, the stinger at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) with Baron Von Strucker and the twins was originally the stinger for this film, but the scene ended up being used for Winter Soldier instead.
When Groot and Rocket capture Quill and Gamora, Rocket tells Groot to get him, referring to Quill. Despite the use of a male pronoun, Groot mistakenly aims for Gamora instead, who is a female. This implies that Groot does not understand gender, and may in fact be of a genderless species.
The character of The Other, as voiced by Alexis Denisof, first appeared in The Avengers (2012). He was the one who gave Loki the staff that contains the Infinity Mind Stone (confirmed in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)). He also appeared in the post-credits scene introducing Thanos.
Early drafts featured Nova (although it's unclear as to which Nova, Richard Rider, or Sam Alexander) as a central character. He was cut once James Gunn took over, as he took away focus from Star-Lord's story, and because Gunn dislikes the character.
In an episode of Parks and Recreation (2009), the ending of a conversation between Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) is heard. Wyatt is heard saying, "And all you did was stop drinking beer?", to which Dwyer responds, "Yeah, and I lost like sixty pounds." This is a reference to Pratt's weight loss in preparing for his role as Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord in this film.
In the comics, Drax the Destroyer was born Arthur Douglas, a man assassinated, together with his family and wife by a Thanos' experiment. Later, cosmic entity Kronos (Thanos' grandfather) captured Douglas' soul before he arrived to Afterlife, and placed him in a new and powerful body, in order to stop Thanos' plans to get the Cosmic Cube (the Tesseract shown in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). As Arthur Douglas, he was father of Heather Douglas, super-heroine Moondragon.
Stan Lee was originally slated to cameo in the Collector's collection on Knowhere, in which he would have flipped off Groot from within a display case (possibly a reference to the fact that Groot is the only member of the team that Lee had any hand in creating). The scene was cut, because Lee was in England at the time, and couldn't be reached for filming, as well as Disney executives considering it to be inappropriate.
James Gunn wanted to have Rom the Space Knight pop up in the movie, but was unable to do so because Marvel did not have the rights to use the character (it is currently owned by Hasbro after it acquired Parker Brothers).
At beginning of the movie, when Young Quill is listening to his music, two mini flags can be seen; one is the United States flag and the other is the Missouri state flag, indicating Quill's current location.
Bereet (Melia Kreiling), the red-skinned girl on Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt's) ship, is an homage to the "Rampaging Hulk" comics story. She was an alien, helping the Hulk and Rick Jones to stop an alien invasion.
Early drafts of the script included Bug. He was even back in the Guardians' comic relaunch to promote the character briefly. He was left out because Marvel doesn't own the film rights to the character.
In the Marvel Comics, Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, has a sentient ship that communicates telepathically with him. Also, a "widget", which stays by his side, is part of the ship as well. The ship also has a human-looking 3-D avatar.
When entering Knowhere, it is said to be a planet of outlaws, with little to no order. Later, during the big fight of the Guardians, Peter Quill gets the group to calm down by yelling they are about to make a trade for four billion units. It's hard to believe no one in a planet of outlaws would try and attack them for the orb, to get the money themselves. This is not a goof, since all Quill says is "four billion units", he doesn't give away any further information. The four of them would have to be captured, and then tortured for information, and since Quill said "one more night", he made it known that it was time sensitive. The only way to truly get the money, would have been to follow them and wait, until they had their money.
Rachel Nichols was also considered for the role of Gamora, which eventually went to Zoe Saldana. Both actresses appeared in Star Trek (2009), in which Rachel's character Gaila was also green in color, like Gamora.
Pete "Buzzsaw" Holland played the part of a prisoner held in The Kyln, and had to taunt Gamora from outside her cell. He also played a prisoner in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), encouraging Bruce Wayne to escape the prison pit. He is one of the few actors to play characters in both the Marvel and DC universes, and in both cases, a prisoner who does some shouting.
In the original comics, Drax the Destroyer was a human, named Arthur Douglas. Thanos attacked him and his family, because he thought they'd seen his ship. He and his wife died. His daughter, Heather, survived the attack and was adopted by Mentor (Thanos' father). She's a powerful telepath, who's been both villain and hero. Kronos, (Thanos' grandfather) whose spirit had merged with time and space, resurrected Douglas as Drax the Destroyer, a living weapon, designed to hunt and kill Thanos. The comic Drax was green, had super strength, could fly, and shoot powerful energy beams. Whenever he came face to face with Thanos, he went into a berserker rage. His anger ratcheted up his powers to equal Thanos. One fight between them was so intense, that they shattered the planet they were on, into debris.
Chris Pratt was thirty-five years old when he starred in this movie. Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in the Star Wars saga, was also thirty-five when he first played the role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Star-Lord and Han Solo are the same kind of space-movie stock character.
James Gunn paid tribute to his first horror comedy film, Slither (2006). This movie was about a small town being invaded by slimy body-snatching alien slugs. They reappear in this film for a cameo as part of the Collectors' collection.
Peter Quill calls one of Korath's guards a Ninja Turtle. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) was released on August 8th, shortly after this film was released. An ad for the film, released when it returned to the number one spot at the U.S. box-office, after Turtles held the spot for two straight weeks, edited the "Ninja Turtle" line into "Take that, Ninja Turtle!"
Gamora was trained as a weapon by Thanos, after Thanos murders her family and adopts her. In Zoe Saldana's earlier film Colombiana (2011), Colombiana becomes a trained assassin after her family is murdered.
Drax the Destroyer is an obvious nod to Conan the Barbarian. Drax seeks revenge upon Ronan, who slew Drax's wife and child. Marvel Comics had started making comic books of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories in 1970 written by Roy Thomas. Jason Momoa, who turned down the role of Drax, played Conan in the remake Conan the Barbarian (2011).
On James Gunn's official Facebook page on February 24, 2016, a member of the official page had called the film "The best science fiction film since Star Trek (2009)". Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek (2009), and Chris Pratt had auditioned for Captain James T. Kirk, but Chris Pine was cast.
In the comics, Yondu prefers archery as a way of defense. Michael Rooker, who portrays Yondu in the film, also appeared in the television series The Walking Dead (2010) as Merle Dixon. Merle's brother Daryl is a famed archer in the show.
Robert Firth plays Dr. Fitzgibbon, the attending physician in the opening scenes of the film. His character is named after a personal friend of James Gunn. There's a Fitzgibbon in every one of his films. Unfortunately for Firth, his scenes were cut from the final edit. He plays yet another physician, Dr. Stillwell, in the Oliver Stone thriller Snowden (2016). Fortunately for Firth, in that film, portions of his performance still remain.
Sean Gunn (Kraglin, and on-set Rocket) and Gregg Henry (Grandpa) have both appeared in the television show Gilmore Girls (2000). They played Kirk Gleason and Mitchum Huntzberger respectively. Both are regularly used by James Gunn (Sean is also his brother).
Before she was announced to play Nebula. Karen Gillan had been rumored play a sword-wielding bounty hunter called Angela from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" comic book, who is like "Red Sonja in space" because she has red hair, wears a gold bikini and wields a sword. The character of Red Sonja, who appeared in Marvel comic books created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith, was known for having red hair, wearing a bikini, and fighting with a sword.
James Gunn wanted to use the song "Top of the World" by Greek Fire, a.k.a. Tommy Drake, a rock band from his native St. Louis, in the film, but ultimately nixed the idea in favor of an all-1970s soundtrack. The song would later appear in trailers for another Marvel film, Big Hero 6 (2014).
Drax is called "Drax the Destroyer" because he slays Ronan the Accuser's cohorts, as he seeks revenge upon Ronan for murdering his wife and daughter, a nod to Robert E. Howard's fantasy character Conan the Barbarian. Conan, who is known also as Conan the Conqueror and Conan the Destroyer, among other names, sought revenge after his Cimmerian tribe was massacred. The Conan stories were adapted into Marvel comic books. Jason Momoa, who played Conan in Conan the Barbarian (2011), was offered the role of Drax the Destroyer, but turned it down.
This is Brendan Fehr's second appearance in a movie based on a Marvel comic. The first was X: First Class (2011), in which he appeared as a Communications Officer aboard a U.S. Navy ship. Kevin Bacon, who starred in "First Class", is also mentioned prominently in this film.
This is the second Marvel movie of 2014 to have a a montage near the end of the film set to a Marvin Gaye song. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), it's the song "Trouble Man"; in this movie, it's the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
On the Blu-ray version of the film, the main menu shows Quill's tape player on the Milano. Three "trading cards" are tucked into the left side of the player, two on the right. The ones on the left are Rocket, Drax, and Groot (in that order, top to bottom), while the ones on the right are Gamora and Star-Lord. The three on the left are shots from when the Guardians were booked on Xandar, while on the right, Gamora is shown from a scene near the end of the film when they're hunting Ronan, and the shot of Star-Lord is from the beginning of the film, when he's on Morag looking for the orb.
Stan Lee: As one of the Xandarian citizens Rocket scans, while looking for a bounty. Lee got this cameo because although he did not create the Guardians of the Galaxy, he is the official co-Creator of the character Groot, along with Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.
Lloyd Kaufman: As Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot walk into the prison, they are greeted by a row of angry inmates standing on a balcony; Kaufman is at the left of the screen, shouting "Murderer!" at Star-Lord.
Djimon Hounsou auditioned for the role of Drax and Lee Pace auditioned for Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Both were later cast as the villains. Hounsou said that after he saw Dave Bautista, and how ripped he was, he knew why he wasn't cast, and admitted that Bautista was the perfect choice for the role.
Marks the appearance of the fourth infinity stone which is the Power stone (inside the orb Quill stole), the others being the Tesseract (space) seen in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012), the second the stone in Loki's staff (mind) in the Avengers and the post-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and the third being the Aether (reality) seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), making Power, Reality, Space, and Mind the stones whose whereabouts are known, while Time, and Soul remain unknown.
The crew played a prank on Dave Bautista during the dance-off scene, where Ronan was to accept the challenge ("It's on!") and dance, at which Bautista had to improvise his own dance. It was so good, that James Gunn made it as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray and DVD.
The Collector's collection includes various species: -A Chitauri from The Avengers (2012). -A Dark Elf (from Thor: The Dark World (2013). -A cocoon holding Adam Warlock, a cosmic being who became a member of the Guardians (the cocoon is seen empty in the post-credits scene). -A dog in a C.C.C.P. (former U.S.S.R.) cosmonaut suit who snarls at Rocket. This is Cosmo, a Russian dog who became a member of the Guardians (and is constantly on bad terms with Rocket). -Howard the Duck, who makes an appearance in a case. -A slime creature from James Gunn's previous film Slither (2006).
In Ronan the Accuser's first scene, when he kills the Xandarian with his hammer, the blood flows down into the pool where Ronan first awoke and is the same color as the liquid that Ronan emerged from, revealing that he sleeps fully immersed in the blood of his enemies.
Unlike other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, this one contains very few references to the other titles in the franchise. Amongst the few that are present, are the brief appearance of Thanos (who was teased in the The Avengers (2012) end credit scene), and the Tesseract, a.k.a. Cosmic Cube clearly visible, as one of the Infinity Stones the Collector describes.
There are just six Infinity Stones: Soul, Time, Mind, Space, Power, and Reality. Each one gives a special power to its protector: -Soul Stone - allows holder to manipulate, steal, control, and alter any soul (living or dead). Souls may also be captured to an inner universe called "Soul World". -Time Gem - allows total control over the past, present, and future. The Time Stone also allows holder to travel in time, change the age of living beings in any direction, and trap enemies (or even entire universes) in eternal time loops. At full potential, the Time Stone is capable of granting Omniscience. -Mind Stone - allows universal telepathy. The Mind Stone allows the holder to read and control the mind of anyone (or everyone). The Mind Stone also allows the holder to project thought to any living being of the universe. -Space Stone - grants the holder the ability to exist in any location (or all locations at one time). The holder of the Space Stone also has the ability to move any object anywhere throughout reality, rearrange space, and teleport to any place in the universe. At full potential, the Space Stone is capable of granting Omniscience. -Power Stone, allows total access to all of the power and energy in existence (this includes all power that has ever or will ever exist). The Power Stone has the ability to boost the effects of other gems, and it is capable of duplicating almost any physical superhuman ability. At full potential, the Power Stone is capable of granting omnipotence. -Reality Stone - allows the fulfillment of any wish, even if it contradicts any universal laws (ability to destroy reality with generation of a paradox).
When entering the Kyln, Quill refers to Groot as "Giving Tree", foreshadowing Groot's fate in the film. "The Giving Tree" is a 1964 book by Shel Silverstein about a tree that gives everything it can to its human friend, eventually sacrificing itself for the man, all out of friendship and love.
Howard The Duck can actually be spotted an additional time before his after-credits scene. When Quill and the rest of the team first arrive at The Collector's gallery, as The Collector turns around to face them, you can briefly see Howard sitting in his glass box in the background above and just to the right of The Collector's head.
Peter Quill learns that he is only half-human (on his mother's side). According to the comics, his father is Emperor J'son of Spartax; James Gunn has said that this is not the case in the film, but Quill's middle name is Jason, as a tribute to the comics.
In the comic book, Peter Quill was born to a human mother and an alien father and assumed his mantle of Star-Lord, an interplanetary policeman. In the film, Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord was born in the late 1970s or early 1980s, also to a human mother but not knowing of his father's true (alien) identity. He then gets abducted, and raised by a group of interstellar thieves and smugglers called The Ravagers.
All of the Guardians have a near death experience: -Drax almost drowns, but is rescued by Groot. -Gamora freezes and nearly dies in space, until Star-Lord saves her. -Rocket crashes a ship through Ronan's ship, and is knocked out. -Groot explodes, but grows back. -Star-Lord grabs the Infinity Stone, and is shown to be in massive pain until the other Guardians help him.
Adam Warlock was featured in the screenplay as a cameo at the end of the film. This idea was cut from the script, but Adam's cocoon appears as one of the Collector's possessions, and is shown damaged and empty in the post-credits scene.
In the backstory behind The Ravagers abducting Quill, Yondu and The Ravagers were hired by Peter's father to pick up Peter on Earth (the night Meredith Quill died) and bring Peter to his father, but they reneged.
This is Howard the Duck's second cinematic appearance, twenty-eight years and one day after Howard the Duck (1986) was released. Besides Howard's cameo, the song "Cherry Bomb" is heard during the film. Cherry Bomb was the name of Beverly's (Lea Thompson's) band in the 1986 film.
When The Collector shows a recording of previous owners of the Infinity Stones, the being who uses the Power Stone to destroy a planet, is Eson the Searcher, a Celestial that appeared in the comic book Eternals #9 in 1977.
Originally, James Gunn was to include additional scenes in the closing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" montage. This included Quill's grandfather looking into space, the Collector in his wrecked archives, and Nebula angrily stomping in a field. Only the Collector made it into the film, as a post-credits scene.
The orb stolen by Quill contains one of the Infinity Stones, more accurately, the Power Stone. In the 1990s comics, Drax was a member of the Infinity Watch (together with Adam Warlock, Gamora, Moondragon, and Pip the Troll). Each member of the Watch protected one of the stones: -Adam Warlock - Soul Stone. -Gamora - Time Stone. -Moondragon - Mind Stone. -Pip the Troll - Space Stone. -Drax the Destroyer - Power Stone. -Thanos - Reality Stone (secret guardian until "The Infinity Crusade").
When the character Nebula falls from Ronan's warship, she lands on a Nova fighter ship, punches through the windshield, and states "Get out!", forcing the unfortunate pilot to jump out. This may be a nod to the famous helicopter scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
At the end of the film, Gamora tells Drax his family could rest knowing he had avenged them, to which he replied that his true enemy and target was Thanos. This may be a nod to the comics, where Drax was a human whose family had been killed by Thanos, who had just landed on Earth. It was after this event, that Drax had devoted the rest of his life to killing Thanos.
James Gunn explained that the reason why Groot freezes when Drax catches him dancing, is because he knows Drax disapproves of it. Drax's dislike of dancing would be elaborated upon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
In the climactic showdown on Xandar, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) distracts Ronan by breaking into an impromptu rendition of "O-O-H Child" by The Five Stairsteps. In The Lego Movie (2014) (another 2014 satirical blockbuster), Emmett the hero (voiced by Pratt) distracts a colony of threatening robots by initiating a sing-along to the catchy tune "Everything is Awesome" during a crucial scene.
Throughout the whole film, Star-Lord almost never speaks whenever he puts on his mask. The only time he does is after Drax kills Korath, close to the end of the film, and tries using the metaphor "finger to the throat." Star-Lord then responds, "Yeah, sort of", and later, "Oh no," when a group of Sakaarans appear.
In the comic books, Groot is repeatedly regrown from a twig, and possesses the same memories and personality each time, leading fans to assume that this would be the case in the films as well. However, when the sequel to this film was released, James Gunn revealed that Baby Groot does not possess any of the original's memories, and is actually a different being. This means that Groot did indeed die saving his comrades in this film.
Although Drax the Destroyer's wife and daughter were murdered by Ronan the Accuser, Corpsman Dey's wife and daughter survive Ronan's attack on Xandar, are alive and well, and are seen reuniting with Dey at the end of the movie.
In the comic series and crossover of the late 1970s , Thanos is in search of all the Infinity Stones to appease his lover "Death", whom he has only seen a glimpse of in the story. With all the Stones, he would destroy the entire universe for his lover, Death. He is thwarted by Adam Warlock, who is dead and trapped in the Soul Stone, and is called back to reality to stop the "mad God" Thanos. By leaving the Soul Stone, he grasps Thanos and turns him to stone, thus averting the destruction of the universe. While losing his lover "Death". In the comic world of the Soul Stone, there is a world which is inhabited by all the beings absorbed by the Stone. In it, all the enemies who have been absorbed, are friends. Gamora also has a black mask around her eyes similar to what is on an Australian Blue Heeler.