Guardians of the Galaxy(film)Guardians of the Galaxy(retroactively referred to asGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1)is a 2014 Americansuperhero filmbased on theMarvel Comicssuperhero teamof the same name, produced byMarvel Studiosand distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It isthe tenth filmin theMarvel Cinematic Universe(MCU). The film was directed byJames Gunn, who wrote the screenplay withNicole Perlman, and features anensemble castincludingChris Pratt,Zoe Saldana,Dave Bautista,Vin Diesel, andBradley Cooperas the titular Guardians, along withLee Pace,Michael Rooker,Karen Gillan,Djimon Hounsou,John C. Reilly,Glenn Close, andBenicio del Toro. InGuardians of the Galaxy,PeterQuillforms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are fleeing after stealing a powerful artifact.Guardians of the GalaxyTheatrical release posterDirected byJames GunnProduced byKevin FeigeWritten byJames GunnNicole PerlmanBased onGuardians of the GalaxybyDan AbnettAndy LanningStarringChris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaVin DieselBradley CooperLee PaceMichael RookerKaren GillanDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyGlenn CloseBenicio del ToroMusic byTyler BatesCinematographyBen DavisEdited byFred RaskinCraig WoodHughes WinborneProductioncompanyMarvel StudiosDistributed byWalt Disney StudiosMotion PicturesRelease dateJuly 21, 2014(Dolby Theatre)August 1, 2014(United States)Running time122 minutesCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget$232 million (gross)$195.9 million (net)Box office$773.3 millionPerlman began working on the screenplay in 2009. ProducerKevin Feigefirst publicly mentionedGuardians of the Galaxyas a potential film in 2010 and Marvel Studios announced it wasin active development at theSan Diego Comic-Con Internationalin July 2012. Gunn was hired to write and direct the film that September. In February 2013, Pratt was hired to play Peter Quill / Star-Lord, and the supporting cast members were subsequently confirmed.Principal photographybegan in July 2013 atShepperton Studiosin England, with filming continuing in London beforewrapping upin October 2013. Post-production was finished on July 7, 2014.The film premiered in Hollywood on July 21, 2014,and was released in theaters on August 1, 2014 inthe United States in the3DandIMAX 3Dformats. The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing $773.3 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing superhero film of 2014, as well as thethird-highest-grossing film of 2014. The film was praised for its humor, action, soundtrack, visual effects, direction, musical score, and acting. At the87th Academy Awards, the film received nominations forBest Visual EffectsandBest Makeup and Hairstyling.A sequel,Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was released on May 5, 2017, with a third film,Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, scheduled to be released in 2020.