Rickrolling numerous internet streamers is a brilliant combination between Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Rick Astley.
Various streams are “rickrolled” in a new promotional video for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with singer Rick Astley himself joining in on the fun. Eidos-recently Montreal’s released sci-fi superhero game aims to recreate the essence of the team’s live-action films while still honoring the characters’ comic book roots. The 80s music in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy helps convey the past of protagonist Star-Lord while also playing a part in the fighting.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy strikes a balance between the titular team’s comic-book beginnings and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s live-action adaptations. While most of the team’s backstories will be familiar to casual fans, players are given access to a wealth of additional information via text. Fans of James Gunn’s films will recognize the death of Peter Quill’s mother and his abduction into space, for example. On the other hand, Drax’s attitude and past diverge significantly from Dave Bautista’s portrayal of the alien warrior, with Eidos-Montreal giving the hero more gravitas and complexity. The Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation has received positive reviews for replicating the group’s customary tone while offering an emotional story.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hooks up with Rick Astley in a video released on Twitter to rickroll unsuspecting streamers. The singer/smash songwriter’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” has become a meme, but it was also the artist’s best-selling debut single in 1987. This secured the song a spot on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which was discovered the hard way by streamers like Dr. Lupo and Paladin Amber. The Huddle element in the action game allows Star-Lord to give the other Guardians a pep talk during battle while listening to an 80s song on his walkman. While selecting a good speech will energize the squad, doing so incorrectly can result in an embarrassing rickroll.
Rickrolling goes cosmic with the man himself @RickAstley
— Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (@GOTGTheGame) October 28, 2021
While Eidos-Marvel Montreal’s title includes several 1980s rock tracks, Guardians of the Galaxy includes, even more, 1980s Easter eggs. The nostalgic mementos relate to Peter Quill’s narrative, as the extraterrestrial criminal was kidnapped during that historical period. His childhood bedroom is eerily reminiscent of the 1980s, with items such as a Rolling Stone magazine issue, a poster for the 1982 sci-fi action film Tron, and a TV guide listing for Knight Rider. Quill’s room on the Guardians’ spaceship, The Milano, maintains this 80s bedroom vibe with numerous posters.
Through different references and a complete playlist of rock tunes, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy pays homage to the 1980s. Rick Astley rose to stardom during that era. Because of the obvious style and memetic nature of “Never Gonna Give You Up,” he has retained his brand recognition into the modern-day. Developer Eidos-Montreal exhibits both a fondness for the 1980s and a keen understanding of online culture by teaming with the actor to promote Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
The PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC versions of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are available now.