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.
The scene where Peter drops the orb during the Collector scene was 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 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 number one 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 stuntman, 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 eighty-five-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?"
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".
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.
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).
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."
According to James Gunn, the film's soundtrack is composed mainly of 1970s and 1980s 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."
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.
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.
When the Guardians are negotiating with the Collector, and the holograms of the Infinity Stone's sisters are shown, both the Aether from "Thor: The Dark World" and the Tesseract from "The Avengers" movies can be seen.
"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.
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.
Peter "Star-Lord" Quill escapes from the planet Morag after an encounter with the Sakaarans. Their home world, Sakaar, is where the Hulk's spaceship lands in the "Planet Hulk" comic. Also, this is the place where Thor and Hulk fight in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). In this movie, the Grandmaster (brother of the Collector) is set.
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.
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.
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 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).
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."
"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 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977): -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."
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.
Jason Momoa auditioned for the role of Drax the Destroyer, but reportedly 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). Kevin Feige and James Gunn have since gone on record to confirm that the only actor ever offered the role was Dave Bautista.
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 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.
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.
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 Star 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.
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.
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 (Star-Lord) in this film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the Marvel Comics, Peter Quill (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.
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.
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).
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.
At the 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.
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.
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.
When Ronan meets with Thanos, Nebula is seen repairing her left arm - this is in reference to a deleted scene (available on the Blu-Ray edition) in which Gamora fights Nebula for the honor of going to Xandar and retrieving the Orb.
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 was asked on Twitter in 2016 if he had ever seen Farscape (1999), as it had some similarities in terms of character. He replied that of all television shows, Farscape (1999) was the one that influenced Guardians the most.
Quill refers to their group as a "bunch of losers". Zoe Saldana (Gamora) had previously starred in the comic book film The Losers (2010), alongside Chris Evans (Captain America) and Idris Elba (Heimdall from Thor)
When Peter Quill/Star-Lord is arrested, Corpsman Dey (John C. Reilly) incorrectly calls him "Star-Prince". Later, when going through the highlights of those arrested, information on the screen says Quill's alias is "Space-Lord". This presumably was input incorrectly by Corpsman Dey as well.
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!"
Karen Gillan said she started writing the script for her movie The Party's Just Beginning (2018) while shooting this movie. She said, "I was having such a good time getting to play this villain then come home and I'd have 'post it' notes all over my wall about this other film I was trying to make. It was the most fun ever."
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".
Drax the Destroyer is a 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 Conan the Barbarian (2011).
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.
While developing the script, one of the first things Gunn focused on regarding Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) emotional attachment to Earth was the Sony Walkman. He also made the now-iconic soundtrack to represent Quill's mother and her influence on him.
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.
Gunn confirmed in May 2013 that Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman, and Ken Watanabe were being looked at for a role other than Ronan or Corpsman Dey. Given that Ronan and each of the Guardians were already cast, it is possible that they were considered for the role of Thanos. Watanabe had previously played the fake Ra'as Al Ghul in Batman Begins (2005).
This is Brendan Fehr's second appearance in a movie based on a Marvel comic. The first was X-Men: 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.
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.
Starting with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) where one of the main characters is named Groot, the real-life stuntman, Rob de Groot, became actor Dave Bautista's stunt double for the character Drax. Rob de Groot appears in both Guardians and the James Bond movie, Spectre as well for Dave Bautista's character, Hinx.
After being booked at The Kyln, Quill says that the Orb has a real "shiny blue suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon feel". All three are movie references: in The Big Empty (2003), a blue suitcase needs to be delivered, while the Ark is from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Maltese Falcon is from any of several different versions of that movie.
There is a song from the original script that never made it into the final cut, but is available as a deleted scene on the Blu-Ray edition - "Magic", by the Scottish pop group Pilot (1972). There's a scene (cut) where the big blue guard is dancing through the prison to the song, scaring people. It comes just before the one guard says "Take her down to the showers... it'll be easier to clean up the blood that way". Because it was a cut scene, the song isn't available on the soundtrack.
Amanda Seyfried turned downed a role in the film, which many fans believe the role was Gamora. "I turned down [a superhero movie] once and they haven't called back since," Seyfried responded when asked about her interest in playing a superhero. "And it was a big one. I don't regret it because I didn't want to be green for six months out of every year. They tell beautiful stories through superheroes, and my daughter's now really obsessed with superheroes now, and part of me wishes I'd done it, but the other part of me is like 'I had a life to live' and I don't think I would've been happy." Seyfried added, "It's so much more fulfilling to be in a scene with another human, doing human things, talking about real life and that's what we did [in 'The Art of Racing in the Rain']." Considering Gamora actress Zoe Saldana appears in extensive green makeup for all of her Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances, it appears Seyfried is most likely referring to the "Guardians" assassin character. Gamora has appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Avengers: Infinity War," and "Avengers: Endgame." Considering the latter two "Avengers" movies were shot back to back over an entire year, Seyfried has a point about the time restraints that come with undergoing extensive makeup for months on end. Seyfried is hardly the first actor to turn down the MCU. Emily Blunt famously had to turn down the roles of Black Widow in "Iron Man 2" and Peggy Carter in "Captain America: The First Avenger" because of scheduling issues. Similar to Seyfried, Blunt has said she doesn't regret saying no to the biggest Hollywood franchise in the world. "I don't think I would have been able to do a lot of projects that I've loved doing," Blunt told Yahoo. "I think that was a nerve-wracking prospect for me to not be able to choose, and the choices I have are often all I have, so you can't really plan for anything else. You can't predict what's going to happen, what's going to catch fire and what's not, so if I make the choice for me, and not because I'm contracted, I think that's an exciting prospect."
In an interview with The Empire Film Podcast, Colin Trevorrow commended Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige on their accomplishments over the past decade. When the conversation turned to whether or not the Jurassic World director ever met with Marvel to direct one of their projects, Colin Trevorrow revealed he had a conversation about directing Guardians of the Galaxy but he did not have the passion for the source material he believed was required: "I did. I met on Guardians of the Galaxy long, long ago. Yeah, very early. It was a great conversation. I was not a comic book kid. That wasn't my thing. I was a Star Wars kid, an Indiana Jones kid, a Spielberg kid that was my thing. So I was a great conversation, but a little bit more of a personal understanding of, you need someone who loved this growing up. [They] should be the ones directing these movies. You've gotta live and breathe it in the way that I did Jurassic and these films that I get to be involved in now."
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.
At the time of the films release, director James Gunn sat with stars Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista for a Q&A in an Apple Store. This was a moment of awakening for the trio as they realized what was coming. "It was at this show we could see [Guardians of the Galaxy] was going to be big," Gunn said in a tweet. "Backstage, Dave Bautista, [Chris Pratt], & I put our arms around each other & vowed to remain down-to-earth, honest, & kind no matter how our external worlds changed. I think 7 pray we've all 3 kept that promise."
Fans have been notoriously attempting to decipher all of the hidden secrets of the first film, and whenever someone thinks they've made a breakthrough Gunn has come through to shatter their confidence and explain that it's incorrect. But as he has stated in this latest tweet, it seems like many people are on the right track toward finally cracking this mystery. But all of that could change with a new re-release of the first film, as Gunn has recently stated he would like to attempt. When asked by a fan if there were some songs he didn't get the rights to for Guardians of the Galaxy, the director revealed that there were only songs that he cut from the film. "I've licensed every song I've sought (although on the first film I inquired about Never Been to Spain and its price tag scared me off from even considering it)," Gunn replied. "And, notoriously, both Pilot's Magic and ELO's Livin' Thing sequences were cut from the first film (I regret cutting the Livin' Thing montage, actually)." He then added that he would like to re-release the film with the Electric Light Orchestra song that he cut from the first sequence. "It's a dream of mine to do a rerelease of GotG Vol 1 with Livin' Thing and a couple of other small additions," Gunn replied on Twitter.
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 (Star-Lord). Both were 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 (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.
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 appeared as one of the Collector's possessions, and is shown damaged and empty in the post-credits scene.
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.
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 is elaborated upon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
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 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.
Throughout the 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 climactic showdown on Xandar, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) distracts Ronan (Lee Pace) by breaking into an impromptu rendition of "O-O-H Child" by The Five Stairsteps. In The Lego Movie (2014), 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.
About 45 minutes into this movie, Gamora says she doesn't know what the stone is, but in Avengers End Game she, Thanos and Nebula past and future Nebula are all looking for the stones before Quil procured the stone in this film.