"The Guardians of the Galaxy" is without question the goofiest, most random comic-book adaptation that Marvel will ever bring to the bigscreen.
And the Guardians are finally here, for all to enjoy in their absurd glory.
After a healthy tease at Comic-Con and D23 — footage that was kept mostly under wraps — Marvel/Disney debuted Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (wrestler Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and soon-to-be-fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in a full-length trailer that debuted Tuesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
(Why Kimmel, you ask? Easy math: Kimmel = ABC = Disney = Marvel. )
Until Marvel announced that they were getting feature-film treatment, the Guardians have remained an obscure comic-book entity — but they shot up in prominence ever since, including a supporting role in Marvel's massive, cross-title "Infinity" comic-book event that concluded earlier this year.