It feels like we have been waiting forever for Guardians of the Galaxy, but that wait is coming to an end in just a few short weeks. The beginning of next month will also mark the official roll-out of the new Marvel Studios film, and – as we’ve been saying for months – we couldn’t be more excited. Those feeling a little impatient, however, were given the opportunity this evening to watch a full 17-minutes of the finished film. And it’s blowing audiences away.

Our own David Wharton from our sci-fi sister site Giant Freakin Robot went to his local theater earlier this evening and was treated to multiple scenes of what looks to be one of the best films released in summer 2014. He’s given us a full rundown of what transpired in the footage, which begins with booking footage that was featured in the movie’s teaser trailer.

What’s different about the scene this time is that the introductions are much longer – similar to what we saw at San Diego Comic-Con last year. For example, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are both revealed to be daughters of Thanos, the big bad purple dude from the first end-credits scene in The Avengers. They have been loaned out to Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) for a mission, but that just puts them on a collision course with the rest of the ensemble.

From there, the footage moved to the Kyln, an absolutely gigantic space prison, where the main characters begin to learn that they all have interesting connections to each other. Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt) has stolen the orb that Gamora and Nebula were sent to recover, but Gamora claims that she was never going to give it over to Ronan. Rocket and Groot, meanwhile, are bounty hunters who have been searching all over the galaxy for Quill. Drax, meanwhile, is an inmate who makes a deal with the other future Guardians to break out of prison and go after Thanos.

In the midst of this get-together in a common area, a big blue alien inmate approaches Quill and gives him the typical prison shpiel about being new meat and belonging to him. Groot steps up, sticks two fingers into the blue guy’s nostrils, and proceeds to grow the branches on his arm, lifting the guy off the ground. Rocket then announces both to the guy and everyone else in the room that Quill is their booty (finally explaining that weird first line of dialogue we heard months back).

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