(USA TODAY) The scenario almost sounds like the start of a sci-fi joke: A child of the 1980s, the deadliest woman in the galaxy, a tattooed green warrior, a talking raccoon and a sentient alien tree walk into an intergalactic prison.
Instead, it's the start of a new space saga,
The first trailer will be in theaters Friday and premieres on ABC's
Gunn likens the movie to someone's favorite indie band finally hitting the big time.
"All of a sudden,
The movie teams five disparate personalities:
Their stories converge in the space prison
"There's a whole lot to this movie - it's not a stage play," Pratt says. "You couldn't makeGuardians of the Galaxythe play and put it on Broadway. It really wouldn't work."
Yet even with all that sci-fi mayhem, Gunn adds, the movie is about "these characters, their emotions and their relationships."
The director is aiming for a mix of drama, romance and humor. Heroic Quill, with his '80s references and stunted social graces, provides some of the comic relief.
"Being stuck in space with no accountability makes for a strange combination of youthful vibrancy and cluelessness in a childlike man," says Pratt, whose character has a Han Solo-esque rogue quality in the beginning.
"He does some things that most people wouldn't get away with. But part of his arc is being willing to essentially sacrifice himself for the greater good of other people."
If anything,Guardians of the Galaxyis a fresh diversion for fans of superhero movies, Pratt says. "They know what to expect at every turn. So that's why it's important now to do a comic-book movie that no one's ever seen before.''
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
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