"So here we are. A thief, two thugs, an assassin and a maniac."

Around this time last year we knew next to nothing about the adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the history of Marvel Comics, but now they are one of this summer’s hottest tickets at the box office. Following the release of two absolutely stunning and hilarious trailers, the Marvel Studios movie has become one of the most anticipated late summer releases, and this brand new TV spot only reinforces why.

Admittedly, a great deal of the footage in this latest preview is just remixed from the stuff we’ve already seen, but there are a couple of new parts if you’re paying attention. For starters, while the last Guardians of the Galaxy trailer painted Nova Prime Rael (played by Glenn Close) as being extremely wary of trusting the movie’s titular characters, her tone has completely changed here, announcing at the start of the spot, "Our world is facing an unstoppable threat. Send in the Guardians."

Perhaps the more significant new bit, however, is the new response to Korath The Pursuer’s inquisitive "Who are you?" when meeting Star-Lord. Instead of a personal introduction to Chris Pratt's character, this Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot instead has a confident, battle-scarred Peter Quill sternly pronouncing his team’s title:

Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt

Judging by the skin coloration and red tattoos, my estimation is that the hand on Star-Lord’s shoulder belongs to Dave Bautista’s Drax The Destroyer, but I can’t fully explain what is going on in the rest of the frame. What’s with all the purple swirly stuff? And what the hell happened to Star Lord’s face? Did he get beaten with an iron? Perhaps that’s the kind of scarring that’s created when smacked upside the head by Ronan The Accuser’s hammer:

Guardians of the Galaxy Ronan The Accuser

We are now less than two months away from the theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy (set to come out on August 1st) and at this point the wait is just about killing us. We will surely see plenty more footage and artwork scatter online in the coming weeks, so be sure to stay tuned.

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