"Being stuck in space with no accountability makes for a strange combination of youthful vibrancy and cluelessness in a childlike man," said actor Chris Pratt of his role as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, the first Marvel Studios film to depict some of the decidedly less iconic characters of the Marvel comic book universe. In an interview with USA Today's Brian Truitt, the actor and Guardians director James Gunn shared new images from the film and revealed some details about the characters and the overall nature of the film, which they hope will be a "fresh diversion" for superhero movie fans who've been seen the same movie again and again and again.

Of the film's characters, Truitt writes that Groot (a tree alien thing voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (a just-what-it-sounds-like voiced by Bradley Cooper) have the potential to be the next Chewbacca. That remains to be seen, but in any case here's how we can expect it to go down :

Their stories converge in the space prison Kyln. After the characters break out, they venture to Knowhere (the severed head of a celestial being that serves as a hangout for aliens) and visit the weird menagerie of the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). They also have to avoid two villains, Ronan (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), who are in hot pursuit of Quill's orb, which has the power to destroy the galaxy.



Based primarily on the Guardians of the Galaxy comics written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the film opens August 14.