By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Anyone who went to see Marvel Entertainment’s Guardians of the Galaxy Thursday night were given a surprising treat. In select IMAX theatres belonging to Landmark Cinemas and Cineplex in Canada, a slick and glossy 13×19” poster showing off the silhouettes of the rag-tag team of renegades … er Guardians to display on their wall.
This image is not part of the IMAX Fanfix program. Instead, it is a design by Poster Posse, a collective of artists from around the world who design unique collectible art, where their work is truly limited (distribution will vary by region, if not contract). This particular work is created by Marko Manev. It’s certainly worth framing to proudly put in any Marvel Comic’s Universe enthusiast’s den, and display next to the suitcase that holds Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers Assembled collection. The movie certainly kicks off Phase Two with a righteous start!
Any viewers who attended the early exclusive 17min preview of this film will find that even the earlier mini-poster complements this new one in an evolutionary way. The July 7th poster is a study that Andy Warhol can be proud of. And Manev’s work reminds art aficionados that he may be going after a look much like the Band of Brothers — but this time, instead of soldiers silhouetted against a stormy sky, these misfit warriors are proudly ready to take on any challenge with their spaceship ready to transport them to wherever danger will lurk. The cassette tape is symbolic of the 70’s and 80’s to remind onlookers that director James Gunn was aiming to pay tribute to the pulps of a later age — to which he greatly succeeded at doing.
Gunn has confirmed that a second film will happen. With the team’s origin tale out-of-the-way, the real frontier action can begin!