8. Guardians of the Galaxy
What? Possibly my most anticipated film of the summer. It is the tenth installation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the final stop on the train to “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. “Guardians” may be the most “out there” film in the Marvel series, and is quite a departure from what we’ve been used to in their series of movies. Set in outer space, an American pilot named Peter Quill (or Star Lord as he likes to be referred) steals an orb coveted by the nefarious Ronan the Accuser. Quill finds himself needing to team up with a group of misfits (that include a talking raccoon and a sentient tree) in order to not only survive the manhunt placed on him by Ronan, but to save the fate of the universe as they know it.
Who? The film was placed in the hands of James Gunn (“Super”, “Slither”) who will bring his unique brand of crazy to the MCU. It’s also packed with a great amount of talent. Chris Pratt leads the cast along with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as Rocket Raccoon and Groot respectively.
When and Where? “Guardians of the Galaxy” blasts its way to the theaters throughout the nation on August 1st.