Guardians of the Galaxy (film)

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You said it yourself, bitch: We're the Guardians of the Galaxy.
It's time we stand up for what is right.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American comedic science–fiction film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Directed by James Gunn. Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman.
All heroes start somewhere.
See also:
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008 team)


Korath: Drop it! [Aims his rifle at Quill]
Peter Quill: Uh, hey.
Korath: [Gives an order to his men in his native language, then speaks to Quill] Drop it, now!
Quill: [Dropping the orb] Hey, okay. Cool, man. No problem. [The Sakaaran soldiers start to poke him with their Necroblasters] No problem. At all.
Korath: [Picks up the orb] How do you know about this?
Quill: I don't even know what that is. I'm just a junker, man. Just checkin' stuff out.
Korath: You don't look like a junker; you're wearing Ravager garb.
Quill: This is just an outfit, man. [Aside, to a Sakaaran soldier] Ninja Turtle, you better stop poking me!
Quill: My name is Peter Quill! Okay? Dude, just chill out!
Korath: MOVE!
Quill: Why?
Korath: Ronan may have questions for you.
Quill: [Stalling] Hey, you know what? There's another name you might know me by! [Pause] Star-Lord.
Korath: [Confused] Who?
Quill: [Disappointed] Star-Lord, man! The legendary outlaw? [Korath simply shrugs] Guys?
Korath: MOVE!
Quill: Oh, forget this.

Ronan: They call me terrorist. Radical. Zealot. Because I obey the ancient laws of my people, the Kree, and punish those who do not. Because I do not forgive your people for taking the life of my father, and his father, and his father before him. A thousand years of war between us will not be forgotten!
Nova officer: YOU CAN'T DO THIS! Our governments signed a peace treaty!
Ronan:: My government knows no shame. You Xandarians and your culture are a disease.
Nova officer: You will never rule Xandar...
Ronan: No… I WILL CURE IT!

Ronan: With all due respect, Thanos, your daughter made this mess, and yet you summon me.
The Other: I would lower my voice, Accuser.
Ronan: First, she lost a battle to some primitive.
The Other: Thanos put Gamora under your charge!
Ronan: Then she was apprehended by the Nova Corps.
The Other: You are the one here with nothing to show for it!
Ronan: Your sources say that she meant to betray us THE WHOLE TIME!
[Ronan fires a sonic pulse from his universal warhammer at the Other, twisting his neck and killing him; he stares at Thanos, sitting on his floating throne, his back to the Accuser]
Ronan: I only ask that you take this matter seriously.
[Thanos' throne turns, revealing him]
Thanos: The only matter I do not take seriously, boy, is you. Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child. And, apparently, you alienated my favorite daughter, Gamora. [Nebula scowls] I shall honor our agreement, Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again empty-handed, and I will bathe the star-ways in your blood.
Nebula: Thanks, Dad. Sounds fair. [to Ronan] This is one fight you won't win. Let's head to the Kyln.

Drax: [To Quill] You! Man who has lain with an A'askvarian!
Quill: [Miffed] It was just one time, man.

Gamora: And Quill? Your ship is filthy.
Quill: Oh, she has no idea. If I had a black light, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
Rocket: [Disgusted] You got issues, Quill.

Gamora: I'm a warrior, an assassin. I do not dance.
Quill: Really? Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It's called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is.
Gamora: Who put the sticks up their butts? That is cruel.

[Star-Lord notices Groot, Rocket and Drax fighting in the bar]
Quill: Oh, no.
[He and Gamora step into the bar as the brawling continues; Gamora pulls Drax off of Groot]
Gamora: Stop it!
[Rocket aims his rifle at Drax, but before he can fire, Star-Lord steps in to break it up]
Quill: Whoa! Whoa! What are you doing?!
Drax: This vermin speaks of affairs he knows nothing about!
Rocket: That is true!
Rocket: Keep callin' me "vermin", tough guy! You just wanna laugh at me, like everyone else!
Quill: Rocket, you're drunk. All right? No one's laughing at you.
Rocket: He thinks I'm some stupid thing! He does! [Crying] Well, I didn't ask to get made! I didn't ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over, and turned into some– some little monster!
Quill: Rocket, no one's calling you a monster.
Rocket: [Points at Drax] He called me "vermin"! She [Gamora] called me "rodent"! Let's see if you can laugh after five or six good shots through your FRICKIN' FACE! [Draws his rifle at Drax]
Quill: No, no, no, no! FOUR BILLION UNITS! Rocket! Come on, man! Hey, suck it up for one more lousy night and you're rich!
[After an uneasy silence]
Rocket: [He finally lowers his rifle] Fine. But I can't promise when all this is over, I'm not gonna kill every last one of you jerks.
Quill: See?! [turning to Drax and Gamora] That's exactly why none of you have any friends! Five seconds after you meet somebody, you're already trying to kill them!

The Collector: Oh, my dear Gamora. How wonderful to meet in the flesh. [he kisses her hand]
Gamora: Let's bypass the formalities, Tivan. We have what we discussed. [as the Collector notices Groot]
The Collector: What is that thing there?
Groot: I am Groot. [the Collector goes over to Groot]
The Collector: I never thought I'd meet a Groot. Sir, you must allow me to pay you now so that I may own your carcass. At the moment of your death, of course.
Groot: I am Groot.
Rocket: Why, so he could turn you into a frickin' chair?
The Collector: [to Groot] That's your pet?
Rocket: His what?! [Rocket goes to grab his weapon and the Collector chuckles, Gamora intervenes]
Gamora: Tivan, we have been halfway around the galaxy, retrieving this orb.
The Collector: Very well, then. Let us see what you brought.

The Collector: Oh, my new friends. Before creation itself, there were six singularities. [he uses a device to unlock and open the orb] Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots. Infinity Stones. These stones, it seems, can only be brandished by beings of extraordinary strength. Observe. [he shows them the giant beings that use the Infinity Stones as weapons] These carriers can use the stone to mow down entire civilizations like wheat in a field.
Quill: There's a little pee coming out of me right now.
The Collector: Once, for a moment, a group was able to share the energy amongst themselves, but even they were quickly destroyed by it. [the orb is opened to reveal an Infinity Stone] Beautiful. Beyond compare.

Rocket: Blah, blah, blah. We're all very fascinated, whitey. But we'd like to get paid.
The Collector: How would you like to get paid?
Rocket: What do you think, fancy man? Units!
The Collector: Very well, then...
[Carina walks close to the Infinity Stone. The Collector notices her near it.]
The Collector: Carina. Stand back.
Carina: [last words] I WILL NO LONGER BE YOUR SLAVE!
The Collector: NO!
[She then grabs the Infinity Stone, but it's powerful. Quill and Gamora takes cover. She started screaming, Groot grabs Rocket to run out. Carina then explodes into her death. Tivan's museum started to explode as Rocket and Groot jumps out, yelling. Quill and Gamora peeks out.]
Quill: [sees Tivan's museum destroyed] What the...

[After the Infinity Stone contained in the Orb destroys Tivan's museum]
Gamora: How could I think Tivan could contain whatever was within the Orb?
Rocket: [Altogether shocked and shaken] WHAT DO YOU STILL HAVE IT FOR?!
Quill: Well, what were we gonna do? Leave it in there?
Rocket: [Ignoring Quill] I can't believe you had that in your purse!
Quill: [Defensive] It's not a purse; it's a knapsack!
Gamora: We have to take this to the Nova Corps. There's a chance they can contain it.
Rocket: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! We're wanted by the Nova Corps!! Just give it to Ronan!
Quill: What, so he can destroy the galaxy?!
Rocket: What are you? Some saint, all of a sudden? What has the galaxy ever done for you? Why would you wanna to save it?!
Gamora: Peter, listen to me. We cannot allow the stone to fall into Ronan's hands. We have to go back to your ship and deliver it to Nova.
Quill: Right, right, okay. I think you're right. Or we could give it to somebody who's not going to arrest us, who's really nice for a whole lot of money. I think it's a really good balance between both of your points of view.

Nebula: You are a disappointment, sister. Out of all our siblings, I hated you least.
Gamora: Nebula, please. If Ronan gets this stone, he'll kill us all.
Nebula: [Smiles cruelly] Not all of us. You will already be dead.

[After Quill saves Gamora from the space]
Gamora: Quill? What happened?
Quill: I saw you out there. I don't know what came over me, but I couldn't let you die. I found something inside of myself. Something incredibly heroic. I mean, not to brag, but objectively... [Gamora sighs with frustration]
Gamora: Where's the orb?
Quill: It's...well, they got the orb.
Gamora: What?! [just then a door opens and Yondu's men enter]
Kraglin: Welcome home, Peter.

[Groot saves Drax out of the yellow liquid and stabs him, causing the same liquid to leak out, helping him to breath. Rocket then lands his pod right in front of them and gets out]
Rocket: Blasted idiot. They're all idiots! Quill just got himself captured! [to Drax] None of this ever would have happened if you didn't try to single-handedly take on a frickin' army!
Drax: You're right. I was a fool. All the anger, all the rage, was just to cover my loss.
Rocket: Oh, boo-hoo-hoo. "My wife and child are dead." [Groot gasps] Oh, I don't care if it's mean! Everybody's got dead people! That's no excuse to get everybody else dead along the way! [to Groot] Come on, Groot. Ronan has the stone. The only chance we got is to get to the other side of the universe as fast as we can and maybe, just maybe, we'll be able to live full lives before that whack-job ever gets there.
Groot: [stands up] I am Groot.
Rocket: Save them? How?
Groot: I am Groot.
Rocket: I know they're the only friends that we ever had, but there's an army of Ravagers around them. And there's only two of us!
Drax: [stands up next to Groot] Three.
[Rocket starts growling and yelling in frustration, turns and starts kicking the grassy ground.]
Rocket: YOU'RE MAKING... ME... BEAT... UP... GRASS!!!

Ronan: [speaking to Thanos by hologram] The Orb is in my possession, as I promised.
Thanos: Bring it to me.
Ronan: Yes, that was our agreement. Bring you the Orb, and you will destroy Xandar for me. However, now that I know it contains an Infinity Stone, I wonder what use I have for you? [Ronan cracks the Orb open, exposing the Stone]
Thanos: Boy! I would reconsider your current course!
Korath: Master, you cannot! Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe!
Ronan: Not anymore. [Ronan seizes the Stone and, before its power can consume him, implants the Stone in his warhammer. Once in control, he faces Thanos] You call me "boy"!! I will unfurl one thousand years of Kree justice on Xandar AND BURN IT TO ITS CORE! Then, Thanos, I'm coming for you. [Thanos ends the communication]
Nebula: After Xandar, you are going to kill my father?
Ronan: You dare to oppose me?
Nebula: No. You see what he has turned me into. You kill him, I will help you destroy a thousand planets.

[after the Ravagers captured Quill and Gamora]
Yondu: You betrayed me?! [hits Quill] Stealing my money?! [hits Quill again]
Gamora: Stop it! Leave him alone!
Yondu: When I picked you up as a kid, these boys wanted to eat you! They ain't never tasted Terran before! I saved your life!
Quill: Oh, will you shut up about that?! God! Twenty years you've been throwing that in my face! Like it's some great accomplishment, "not eating me"! Normal people don't even THINK about eating another person! Much less, that person having to be grateful for it!

Quill: If you kill me, you're saying goodbye to the biggest score you've ever seen.
Yondu: The Stone? I hope you got a better idea than that, 'cause ain't nobody stealin' from Ronan.
Quill: We got a ringer.
Yondu: Is that right?
Quill: [Glances at Gamora] She knows everything there is about Ronan. His ship, his armies–
Gamora: He's vulnerable.
Quill: So what do you say, Yondu? Me and you, taking down scores, side by side, like the old days?
[Yondu glares at Quill– then calls off his dart and hugs Quill]
Yondu: [Laughs] Ya always did have a scrote, son! That's why I kept ya on as a young 'un!

[Drax, Groot and Rocket track down the Ravagers who took Quill and Gamora]
Rocket: Attention, idiots! The lunatic on the top of this craft is holding a Hadron Enforcer. It's a weapon of my own design.
Yondu: What the hell?
Rocket: If you don't hand over our companions now, he's gonna tear your ship a new one. A very big new one.
Yondu: I ain't buyin' it!
Rocket: I am giving you to the count of five. [Quill and Gamora start to panic] Five, four, three
Quill: No, wait! Hold on! Rocket, it's me! For God's sake! We figured it out! We're fine!
Rocket: [Nonchalantly] Oh, hey, Quill. What's going on?

Gamora: We have to stop Ronan.
Rocket: How?!
Quill: I have a plan.
Rocket: You've got a plan?
Quill: Yes.
Rocket: First of all, you're copying me from when I said I had a plan.
Quill: No, I'm not! People say that all the time, it's not that unique of a thing to say.
Rocket: Secondly, I don't even believe you have a plan.
Quill: I have... part of a plan!
Drax: What percentage of a plan do you have?
Gamora: You don't get to ask questions after that nonsense you pulled on Knowhere!
Drax: I just saved Quill!
Quill: We've already established that you destroying the ship that I'm on is not saving me!
Drax: When did we establish that?
Quill: Like, just a few seconds ago!
Drax: I wasn't listening, I was thinking of something else.
Gamora: [Frustrated] Aaugh–
Rocket: [To Drax] She's right, you don't get an opinion. [To Quill] What percentage?
Quill: I dunno. Twelve percent.
Rocket: "Twelve percent"?! [Breaks into raucous laughter]
Quill: That's a fake laugh.
Rocket: IT'S REAL!
Quill: Totally fake!
Rocket: That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life, because that is not a plan!
Gamora: It's barely a concept.
Quill: You're taking their side?!
Groot: I am Groot.
Rocket: So what, "It's better than eleven percent"? What the hell does that have to do with anything?!
Quill: [To Groot] Thank you, Groot. Thank you. See? Groot's the only one of you who has a clue. [Groot starts eating a leaf on his shoulder]

Quill: I look around at us– and you know what I see? Losers. [The others give him an off look] I mean, like, folks who have lost stuff. And we have, man, we have, all of us. Our homes. Our families. Normal lives. And usually life takes more than it gives, but not today. Today it's giving us something. It is giving us a chance.
Drax: To do what?
Quill: –To give a shit, for once, and not run away. I for one am not going to stand by and watch as Ronan wipes out billions of innocent lives.
Rocket: But Quill– What you're asking us to do...stopping Ronan– It's impossible. You're asking us to die.
Quill: – Yeah. I guess I am.
[A pause]
Gamora: Quill, I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. [Stands up] I will be grateful to die among my friends.
Drax : [Stands up] You are an honorable man, Quill. I will fight beside you. And in the end, I will see my wife and daughter again.
Groot: [Stands up] I am Groot.
[They look expectantly at Rocket]
Rocket: [Resigned sigh] Aww, what the hell? I don't got that long a lifespan anyway. [Stands up] Well, now I'm standing. You all happy? We're all standing up now. Bunch of jackasses, standing in a circle.

Rhomann Dey: He said that he's "an a-hole". But he's not, and I'm quoting him here, "100% a dick".
Nova Prime: Do you believe him?
Rhomann Dey: Well, I don't believe anyone is 100% a dick, ma'am–
Nova Prime: I mean, do you believe he's here to help?
Rhomann Dey: – Well...yeah.

[Inside Ronan's ship, the Dark Aster]
Drax: I can barely see.
[Groot releases a cloud of firefly-like spores, illuminating the hallway]
Drax: [Awed] When did you learn to do that?
Quill: Pretty sure the answer is "I am Groot." [Groot smiles and nods]

Drax: I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am that you've accepted me despite my blunders. It is pleasing to once again have friends. You, Quill, are my friend.
Quill: Thanks.
Drax: This dumb tree, he is my friend.
[Groot grunts]
Drax: And this green whore, she too is my–
[Nebula ambushes the team, bent on killing Gamora]
Nebula: GAMORA! You've always been weak! You stupid, traitorous--
[Drax hits her point-blank with a shot from a bazooka]
Drax: Nobody talks to my friends like that.

Korath: Star-Lord!
Quill: Finally!

[Groot intends to sacrifice himself to protect the others]
Rocket: No, Groot! You can't! You'll die! [Starts crying] Why are you doing this?! Why?
[Groot wipes away Rocket's tears]
Groot: We– are– Groot.

[Quill, Gamora, Drax and Rocket all touch each other after Quill holds the Stone, and with all sharing its burden]
Ronan: [Horrified] You're mortal! How?!
Quill: You said it yourself, bitch. We're the Guardians of the Galaxy.
[Ronan attempts to attack them with his warhammer, but Quill opens his hand with the Stone, releasing its energy into Ronan and destroying him. Then Quill and Gamora seal the Stone in the container]

Gamora: Your wife and child shall rest well, knowing that you have avenged them.
Drax: Yes. Of course Ronan was only a puppet. It's really Thanos that I need to kill.

Quill: What should we do next? Something good? Something bad? Bit of both?
Gamora: We'll follow your lead– Star-Lord.
Quill: Bit of both!
[The Guardians leave to their next mission in their ship as the song "I Want You Back" from the Jackson 5 plays]

[Post-credits scene: In the destroyed museum, a battered, beaten-up Collector in seen drinking in a green cup as Cosmo the Space Dog licks him.]
Howard the Duck: What do you let it lick you like that for? Gross. [Takes a drink] Yeah! But it burns going down.

Quotes about Guardians of the Galaxy

I was a little worried that I was going to look like an overgrown fetus. ~ Karen Gillan
  • Here, a pulse, wit, beauty and a real sensibility have been slipped into the fray, alongside the clockwork guffaws, kabooms and splats.
    Lifted by a cast of professional charmers and a “What, me worry?” vibe, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those interstellar westerns about a motley group of appealing baddies who rise to the heroic occasion and ride to the rescue, on spaceships rather than Appaloosas. The John Wayne role here — or, really, the 1970s Harrison Ford one — belongs to Chris Pratt, an easygoing, comic performer who’s very good at putting up a persuasive cute-dumb front and then shifting into a slyer, more knowing register. … There are different ways to get lost in a movie, and while Guardians takes you down one after another crazy narrative turn, it also pulls you into — and, for the most part, keeps you in — a fully realized other world.
    • Manohla Dargis, in "Yee-Ha! Space Cowboy Rides to the Rescue" The New York Times (31 July 2014)]
  • I was a little worried that I was going to look like an overgrown fetus … Maybe that’s true. But it’s liberating. It’s very liberating. Everyone here should shave their heads.
  • He had a hard time as a kid, and now he goes around space, making out with hot alien girls and just being a rogue and a bit of a jerk, and through teaming up with these guys, finds a higher purpose for himself.
  • Gamora is a green-skinned assassin known throughout the universe as a fearless warrior and the foster child of big bad Thanos. Sci-fi veteran Zoe Saldana steps into the character's boots for the film and says she learned more about the character from her 11-year-old comic-reading nephew than anyone else.
    “He goes, 'Who do you think Gamora is?'” Saldana recalled. "And I said, 'She’s a warrior.' He goes, 'Yeah, but not only is she a warrior, she’s an assassin and she’s very lethal but what saves her is the same thing that can doom her. She has a sense of righteousness. She’s a very righteous individual… and that was coming from like an 11-year-old boy and I was just like that’s it. That's gonna be like the overall like mojo of Gamora is her sense of always wanting to do the right thing, which is why she compels, she’s trying to ask the Guardians not to sell their souls for money, because if it means that a lot of people will lose their lives then it’s not really worth it, because she’s sort of like the one that kind of starts going in that direction and then everybody else kind of follows too, which is what I like the most about this movie is that we’re all starting like inmates.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy’s box office exploits have been highly touted, but the film has also cracked into the music realm in a big way.
    According to Billboard, the film’s soundtrack, titled Awesome Mix Vol. 1, is the first soundtrack to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts without featuring a single new, previously unreleased track. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 consists of classic ‘60s and ‘70s pop tunes, including cuts from the Jackson 5 and the Runaways.
    The soundtrack plays a central role in the film’s plot as well, with the collection of tunes constituting a mix given to main character Peter Quill by his late mother.
    • Chris Powers, in "Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Tops Billboard Charts" in Paste magazine (14 August 2014)
  • Director James Gunn has confirmed fan suspicions that Marvel hero Adam Warlock makes a cameo (in cocoon form) in Marvel's latest offering Guardians of the Galaxy. … Adam Warlock is a character created to be the perfect human at a scientific installation called The Beehive. … We know that Marvel are working towards a film which will bring everyone together as Thanos (Josh Brolin) threatens existence itself once he acquires the Infinity Stones and places them in the Infinity Gauntlet.  … This is believed to be Marvel's plan for Avengers 3, which is still some years off. When it does happen it will be an adaptation of Marvel's The Infinity Gauntlet comic, in which Adam Warlock plays a pivotal role.
    His cocoon was first spotted in the credits scene of Thor: The Dark World,
    which saw characters from that film visit The Collector's base aboard the space station Knowhere. 
    During the course of Gunn's movie, the Guardians encounter The Collector and bring to him an orb which he reveals to be an Infinity Stone. While explaining their origins, The Collector's red-skinned assistant touches the stone, levelling the entire room and destroying most of what is inside. … The film's post-credits scene shows The Collector sitting among his ruins … In the background of this scene we see that the cocoon is broken, meaning Adam Warlock has escaped and is now walking around Marvel's cinematic universe — most likely to show up Gunn's 2017 Guardians sequel.
  • Just came from the premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy. With all the hype I expected to be a bit disappointed. It just couldn't be as good as everyone was predicting. And they were wrong. It's even better than everyone said. It just might be Marvel's best movie yet.
  • Hard as it is to believe, within the memory of those still living, Marvel was not always the movie establishment's billion-dollar behemoth but a scrappy, iconoclastic comic book gadfly. So one of the most pleasant surprises of the altogether pleasant and surprising Guardians of the Galaxy is that it takes us back to Marvel's roots and the subversive satisfactions those early days provided. … Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you're not quite sure what's going on, the scruffy Guardians is irreverent in a way that can bring the first Star Wars to mind … This Five Against the House ragtag bunch of misfits, rascals and rebels, a kind of garage band of the universe, form an alliance of the dispossessed that makes up in attitude what it lacks in status.


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