The original members of the Guardians are a team of galactic heroes that appear in Marvel Comics beginning in the 1970s in an alternate timeline called Earth-616 which takes place mostly in the 31st century.
However, it remains to be seen how closely the Hollywood version will follow the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, but they are known to be time travelers. Based on the clue dropped after the credits of the Avengers movie, the team will be doing battle with their old nemesis Thanos, with a probable crossover into the next Avengers movie in 2015.
- Chris Pratt - Peter Quill / Star-Lord
- Bradley Cooper - Rocket Raccoon (voice)
- Vin Diesel - Groot (voice)
- Zoe Saldana - Gamora
- Dave Bautista - Drax the Destroyer
After stealing an orb, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself on the run from Ronan, who happens to be a protégé of Thanos. In order to survive and evade capture, he is forced into an uneasy truce with a motley crew of other criminals and misfits which include a creature call Groot, Gamora, Rocket Racoon and Drax the Destroyer. In fact, this is a central theme in the movie, misfit characters on the wrong path in life, that find a greater calling to be a force for good.
Quill soon discovers that the orb he has stolen is sought after more than its monetary value. The power contained within the orb is a threat to the universe itself.
Star-Lord - Guardians of the Galaxy
Peter Quill grew up on Earth and appeared to be a normal human with no special powers. However, he is actually half extraterrestrial because his mother had an affair with an alien that had crashed on Earth decades before. Quill goes on to become an astronaut on Earth and was assigned to Eve, NASA's first permanently manned space station. While aboard Eve, Peter witnesses a celestial apparition which identifies itself as Star-Lord, a concept of what a chosen earthling would become.
Peter volunteers, but is denied because of his bad attitude and past transgressions and terminated from the station. From Earth, he steals a ship, returns to Eve and forcefully replaces the chosen human. After a fire fight, he transported away just in time by the celestial forces and transformed into Star-Lord.
Gamora - Guardians of the Galaxy
Gamora is discovered by the villain Thanos and adopted by him when she is just a baby after her race has been destroyed by the Universal Church of Truth.
Thanos takes Gamora back in time and transforms her into a warrior while altering her perceptions so that she cannot see the evil in him. Eventually she sees his true nature and tries to destroy him but Thanos kills her. However, Adam Warlock finds her in time and places her soul in the Soul Gem. Later, after Thanos gets the Infinity Gauntlet, Gamora is brought back to life with a new body.
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Rocket is a a genetically engineered, marksman and fighting machine …. that is also a cybernetically enhanced raccoon. Rocket Raccoon will be created on screen through a combination of CGI and motion capture technology. His voice will be provided by Bradley Cooper.
Rocket Racoon Origin
Centuries ago, humanoids from a distant part of the galaxy created a world to use as an asylum for their insane citizens. The psychiatrists created robots to care for the insane patients but were forced to leave the planet because of troubles on their home world. For generations the robots watched over the insane patients who were having children, who in turn were insane.
Eventually, the robots sought a way out from directly caring for their patients by altering the genetics of various animals on the planet to create caretakers for the insane to relieve them of their duties. The robots move to the other side of the planet and it becomes known as Halfworld, divided between the robots and the insane.
The robots continued to tinker with genetics, building toys designed by the animals to keep the insane on the other half of the planet entertained, making machines and weapons for use by the cybernetically enhanced animals. Eventually the genetically modified animals create their own society away from the descendants of the original insane patients. It is from this environment that Rocket Raccoon, a Quadrant Guardian, reigns.
Drax the Destroyer
Drax is a warrior out for vengeance against Thanos who killed his family.
Drax the Destroyer Origin
Originally from Earth, Arthur Douglas and his family are killed by Thanos. However, Arthur is resurrected and his soul placed in an almost indestructible body by the enemies of Thanos. Their intent is for Drax to seek vengeance and kill the villain Thanos. In fact, Drax does try to kill him multiple times, but fails in all of his attempts. Eventually he becomes a member of Infinity Watch with Adam Warlock, then joins the Guardians of the Galaxy in a later Marvel storyline.
Groot - Guardians of the Galaxy
Groot is ahumanoid built in the form of a tree who is in cahoots with Rocket Raccoon. Groot will be created through a combination of CGI and motion capture technology.
Groot is an extraterrestrial being from a race thought to be extinct called the Floral Colossus. He is a living tree that can control plant life and regenerate himself as well as vary his size from a giant tree to a single trig.
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