GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Roundup: New Pics, James Gunn On Star-Lord’s Origins, Chris Pratt Speaks, And More

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guardians of the galaxyWith MTV premiering the first official clip from director James Gunn and Marvel‘s upcoming space epic Guardians of the Galaxy the other day, it seems the floodgates will soon be opening and we’ll be seeing and hearing more about the highly-anticipated flick. Today we have something of a mini roundup featuring some words from the director and star of the show, Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill himself, as well as news on when we can expect our next peek at some footage. You can see all of that, and a little more, below. So strap in and read on!

Speaking with MTV, Chris Pratt was asked if filming had finally wrapped. Gunn had mentioned a few weeks ago that some additional filming was taking place involving Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan. As far as Star-Lord knows, he’s done. He told the site, “As far as I know, it’s a wrap. Yeah. We wrapped it up. They’re cutting it together and loving everything they see. They’re being very careful about what they release and very smart about getting people excited without giving away what the movie’s about and not giving away the best jokes or the story. I think people are very fired up to see it, and don’t know what to expect. That’s like the best way, the best thing, about going into a movie for me. If I’m really excited to see something, and I have no idea what I’m about to see, I love that. I think that can be a problem you get when you’re dealing with…you know, people want to know everything.” When the actor was asked offhandedly about the possibility of spinoff films from Guardians, which we’ve been hearing a little about lately, Pratt says he’s up for it. It’s just up to the fans. He explains, “I think Marvel is very smart about projecting into the future what they’re going to put on their slate, and it’s based a lot on what people like. So, we’ll put this movie out there and see how people react to it. Who knows? I hope people really like it. I hope I get to play that character for a long time.

Director James Gunn explained a few things on Facebook when he posted one of the pictures you see a little farther down. When asked if Peter Quill‘s origins would be in line with the new comics from Brian Michael Bendis, the original story from the older comics, or something else entirely, Gunn said “Marvel Now version wasn’t written until after my version was written. His origin is an MCU thing.” The fan-favorite director also assured a commenter that he would post some behind the scenes photos and videos (probably) after the movie comes out. It will likely be an Instagram post a day featuring a photo or video with a few words from Gunn.

Speaking of behind the scenes glimpses, this week’s episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will feature a new preview of the film. The official Facebook post for the show posted the following:

Finally, Marvel has released a new batch of images from the film giving us a behind the scenes look at Chris Pratt running through a blue-screened wasteland, a shot of the entire gang assembled in their prison garb, a beautiful close-up of Pratt in his helmet, and one of Pratt and the green-skinned Zoe Saldana looking at the mysterious orb everyone in the film will be after. Guardians of the Galaxy will rocket into theaters August 1st. What do you think about the mini roundup?

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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