Meet The Guardians Of The Galaxy

Five new character videos and director James Gunn talks

With the arrival of the trailer on Tuesday night, the awareness of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has spiked sharply. (If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out here.) The studio launched five new character videos, in which each of the cast members talk about their respective Guardian.

First up, Gunn and Cooper chat about Rocket and you get to hear a sample of his voice work. There's also Vin Diesel explaining how strange Groot is - sadly, we don't get any snippets of his voice - as well as Dave Bautista talking Drax, Chris Pratt on Peter Quill and Zoe Saldana on Gamora.

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brightcove.createExperiences();For those still wondering what the whole Guardians thing is about, we meet Peter “Star Lord” Quill (Pratt) as he’s captured trying to steal a mysterious orb. In prison, he meets four others – assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), hulking warrior Drax The Destroyer (Bautista), grumpy weapons expert Rocket Raccoon (Cooper) and giant tree-man Groot (voiced by Diesel). This mismatched bunch don’t seem like a natural team, but they’ll have to band together to face a huge threat.

Should all this leave you with a lot of questions, James Gunn helpfully appeared on Kevin Pereira’s Pointless Podcast to answer a few queries thrown at him by the host. Pereira has now put the relevant chunk online for your listening use, which was spotted by the team at Collider.

In the brief interview, Gunn explains why Rocket Raccoon and co. don’t talk in that initial trailer, what other characters from the Marvel universe we can expect to see (Skrull fans, do not get your hopes up) and how Rocket was brought to life on set (Gunn’s brother Sean pulled green Lycra suit duties to give the other actors something to interact with). For the whole podcast, which will be posted on Monday, head here.

Plus, because it's apparently Guardians Day at Marvel, here is the poster... With Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz in the cast, Guardians Of The Galaxy arrives on August 1.