‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Preview: Marvel Hits ‘The Next Level’

'It's not a typical superhero movie,' Zoe Saldana says of Marvel's new stars.

Marvel Studios takes it to the moon and takes it to the stars in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” their next cinematic offering, hitting theaters in August.

An all-new preview for the film aired last night on ABC during “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and while it was light on new footage, it featured plenty of insight from the folks making “Guardians” into a reality.

“The Guardians of the Galaxy consists of several members, all of whom are very selfish for the most part,” star Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, says of Marvel’s newest superhero squad. “They find that there’s something worth fighting for.”

What exactly is that something? Marvel’s lips are sealed, but actor Zoe Saldana, who plays green-hued assassin Gamora, says the answer is atypical of other comic book movies.

“They’re the thieves, the bounty hunters and the neglected,” she said. “It’s not a typical superhero movie.”

It certainly isn’t, not when the film’s two most recognizable stars, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, don’t even appear in the flesh. Instead, they supply the voice and some motion-capture for Rocket Raccoon and Groot, two of the weirdest main characters to ever hit a Marvel movie.

“The growth of these characters allows the film to kind of create its own personality and identity,” said Diesel. “That’s always fun, when you’re at the frontier of something new.”

And that new frontier is something that’s exciting not just for Marvel fans, but for the creative minds making these movies. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige explained, “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ does take place in the same cinematic universe that we’ve been building, but this movie takes it to the next level.”

We’ll see that next level for ourselves when “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrives on August 1.

What do you think of the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” preview?

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