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Guardians of the Galaxy (retroactively referred to as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1) is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the titular Guardians, along with Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are fleeing after stealing a powerful artifact.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

1. 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.

2. In the film, Ronan the Accuser is an Admiral serving under Thanos. This combines his classic Marvel comic’s portrayal (a top-ranking Military Governor) with his Marvel Ultimate comic’s portrayal (an ally of Thanos).

3. Chris Pratt cites heroes Han Solo and Marty McFly as influences on his performance as Star-Lord.

4. Features the first on-screen appearance of a Celestial's severed head. The Celestials are an ancient race of godlike beings that watch over and change the universe for both good and evil.

5. Benicio Del Toro's uncredited cameo as The Collector in Thor: The Dark World (2013) was written to set the stage for this film.

6. This film is primarily based on the 2008 comic team (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot), but features Yondu, a member of the original 1969 comic team, as an ally.

7. 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.
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by The Dark Centurion February 25, 2018
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