Guardians of the Galaxy opens with a brief ten minutes spent on Earth before we enter a galaxy teeming with a diverse array of alien creatures and fantastic planets. This introduction takes us to 1988, where we see young Peter Quill (Wyatt Oleff) witness his mother’s (Laura Haddock) death. Distraught, he leaves the hospital only to be beamed up to a space ship by Ravagers or Space Pirates.
Flash forward twenty six years and Quill (Chris Pratt), attempting to go by the name of Star-Lord, travels the galaxy stealing objects to order, with a soundtrack of his mother’s favourite songs on his old cassette Walkman. When he steals a mysterious orb, however, he becomes the target of genocidal fanatic Ronan (Lee Pace), and the object of a bounty hunt with lethal assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), modified raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and tree creature Groot (Vin Diesel) hot on his trail. The four soon wind up in prison, where they meet Drax (Dave Bautista), a tattooed heavy desperate to avenge the deaths of his wife and daughter at Ronan’s hands.
The five forge a truce so they can stage a dramatic escape from prison. They head straight for Gamora’s buyer to sell the orb for an exorbitant amount of money. But when they discover the true power of the orb, they are forced to think twice about handing it over. An unlikely alliance forms and they begin to think beyond their own gains to the safety of the galaxy. Can the motley crew of damaged creatures save a whole planet from destruction? Will they be willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good and their new-found friendship?