Pretty much everything about “Guardians of the Galaxy” has Marvel fans excited. From the unique band of characters to the outer space setting and a cast so random that it totally works — it’s no wonder that we’re all so eager to gobble up any bit of info about Marvel Studios’ first sci-fi epic.
Even at just over a half minute in length, we can’t get enough of the first clip from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which premiered as a part of MTV Movie Awards Takeover.
The scene comes from early in the film, as Star-Lord attempts to the steal the orb that everyone else in the movie wants to get their hands on. It doesn’t shed too much light on the story by itself, but piecing together what we know, it’s not too hard place the clip within the bigger picture.
In the film, Peter Jason Quill is the half-man, half-alien leader of the Guardians, just as he is in the comics. His self-description as a “legendary outlaw” is where the version played by Chris Pratt diverges from Star-Lord that readers know, and it also plays into what we see in the clip. Given that the movie Star-Lord operates further outside the law than the comics version, stealing the orb for himself makes sense.
Then there’s the fact that Star-Lord lands himself in the prison, where the Guardians first meet and team up. Stealing an orb from an ancient temple seems like a serious enough offense to earn some time in the Kyln (a.k.a. Marvel space prison), but it’s unclear whether this scene is what sends him there.
From everything that’s been said about the spherical focus of the clip, this is the movie’s MacGuffin, or the object everyone is fighting to get. What does it do? Why does Star-Lord want it? It’s hard to say for certain yet, but we do have some clues.
In an Infinite comic prequel, it’s revealed that the Collector, who is hunting the Infinity Stones, sends Gamora after the orb. He doesn’t outright say, “Go get me that Infinity Stone,” but the orb being one of the six gems wouldn’t be the most surprising thing ever.
The character played by Djimon Hounsou in the movie is more formally known as Korath the Pursuer in the comics, and he’s a member of the Kree, one of Marvel’s best-known alien races.
The other Kree member of the cast is Ronan, the film’s main antagonist, played by Lee Pace. The two characters, along with Nebula (Karen Gillan), have ties to Thanos, the unseen and major threat still lurking in the shadows of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
So while the clip isn’t long, there’s already a lot of groundwork being laid for a gigantic space adventure, and we cannot wait.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” opens in theaters on August 1.