GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st! I’m so excited!!

Here are some fun facts about the movie and check out the trailer at the bottom!

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969) and was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. The modern Guardians team is the second to be featured under the name, and first appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy, (Vol. 2) Issue #1 (May 2008). Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created the new team, whose initial Guardians were Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Quasar, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot.

Finding the perfect cassette player to use in the film was a challenge that fell to prop master Barry Gibbs. Despite searching all over the Internet for four months, Gibbs’ team was able to find only 16 cassette players in various states of repair that were suitable to use in the film.

 Production designer Charles Wood and his team designed and built several large-scale sets for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the Kyln, the space prison where the Guardians meet, was the largest build of all. A 360-degree set, the Kyln was a feat of engineering, comprising 350-thousand pounds of steel across three levels, extended in post-production by a further two-hundred feet.
The production design team also crafted the Dark Aster, the villain Ronan’s spaceship. Suggestive of a flying mausoleum, the design is minimal and brutal. It is a stark, gray, colorless world devoid of any set dressing whatsoever that relies purely on its heavy concrete-like architecture to convey its tone and function.

Former WWE champ Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer. Drax’s life story is told by his full body tattoos/scarification, a prosthetics make-up process that saw Bautista endure a 4-hour daily session in the chair, or rather on foot, as he could not sit during the process. It took a team of five makeup artists to complete Bautista’s makeup application, which consisted of 18 pieces for the body and face. By the end of shoot, Dave Bautista had totaled about seven entire days in make-up.

Over the course of shooting the film, the special make-up effects department had done approximately 1,250 prosthetic make-up applications. There were 50 makeup artists in all, working in teams on each character.

There are many alien extras in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” requiring 2,000 humanoid alien molds to be run, with all the pieces pre-colored to each race —yellow, blue or pink.

David White, special effects makeup designer, was charged with making 3D life-sized versions of Rocket and a bust of Groot, which were used on set not only to give the filmmakers references for visual effects and lighting, but also to see how the characters could actually function.

Creation of the orb featured in the film was a job for prop master Barry Gibbs and his team. They sculpted the exterior shell in aluminum and had a jeweler etch and pierce it before sending the beautiful piece off to be silver-plated.

Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, hair/makeup designer, had her hands full developing makeup for all the different races of aliens, whose skin color varied according to their race. Coming up with a product that would not ruin the costumes, but would last through water and dirt, was a challenge. After many trial and error tests, her team was successful in developing a spray-on makeup that worked on everyone.


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  1. I want to see this as much as my husband and son does.

  2. These are some fun facts about this movie. I have quite a few people I know who are really interested in seeing this movie too. It does look like it’s going to be a movie worth watching.

  3. We saw the trailer for this in the theater a couple weeks ago and my kids have been begging to see it ever since.

  4. I can not wait for this movie to come out, I know it’s going to be amazing.

  5. Oh wow sounds like an exciting movie, I am sure it will get raving reviews!

  6. I’ll have to take my son to see this. 🙂

  7. This looks like such a fun movie, especially for boys. Can’t wait to take mine to see it.

  8. That is so cool that they came up with a special spray-one makeup! 2,000 humanoid alien molds – that’s a lot of work!

  9. I can’t wait for this movie to come out. It looks like its going to be so good!

  10. The fact they used so many artists and molds is incredibly interesting!

  11. This is a movie that all of us in our family are looking forward to. But my 18 year old especially is wanting to see it.

  12. Guardians of the Galaxy looks like a really cool movie. I’m looking forward to seeing it with my grandkids.

  13. Too funny about the cassette player. I never thought it’d be so difficult to locate a good working one to use!

  14. Up until recently I assumed this film was all about the usual Marvel characters but was really surprised upon seeing the trailer. I am interested in seeing it and think the kids will like it too!