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They weren’t scheduled to make an appearance, but the cast and crew of Marvel’s next new title, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” surprised the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con.

After they left the fans in Hall H cheering for more, the cast sat down to talk to the press about the movie and their characters, along with director James Gunn. Gunn kicked it off with his interpretation of what the story is. “‘Guardians’ is about a family coming together,” he says, “It really is about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly, and only as individuals throughout their life, learning something about themselves that makes them heroes.

He also says the script for the movie isn’t too dark in his opinion, though that’s sort of what Gunn does best. “I don’t think of it as darkly comedic. I do think of it as me. There’s a lot of James Gunn in this movie.” While some might not agree with that approach, it seems producer Kevin Feige and “Avengers” director Joss Whedon go. Upon turning the first draft of the script in, Gunn says, “Their biggest note was ‘More James Gunn’, which freaked the hell out of me.

As for his goals for the movie, Gunn jokes that he wants to avoid spoilers but, “I have some really big injuries planned for Michael Rooker (Yondu) and hopefully [Dave] Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) is going to help me with those.”

When asked about his process of preparing for his role as Star Lord, Chris Pratt says it took six months to get in the shape he needed to be in. It paid off though, and Pratt has the selfie to prove it.

Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, says she’s excited to be entering the Marvel universe, especially in a movie like “Guardians.” “I do believe that Guardians have bigger powers in a way,” she says, “and if we were up against Captain America or Thor, I would totally kick his a**.”

Bautista is still relatively new to the acting game, even though he’s a former WWE World Champion. He admits that he’s still learning and honing his craft and that “Guardians” is hands down the biggest thing he’s ever been involved with.

Benicio del Toro was announced during the Hall H panel as joining the movie in the role of The Collector. When asked what weird or wonderful thing his character brought to the table, del Toro offered a simple, “Well, he collects things.”

Before ending the panel, Gunn shared a personal story Benicio told him during the casting process. The pair were talking about the character and collecting in general when del Toro looked at him and said, “You know, I was the first kid in my neighborhood to have an alligator.” According to Gunn, it’s in his top five favorite sentences of all time. “It’s true,” del Toro confirms.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be in theaters August 1, 2014.




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