There's a very good reason why the first line in the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy is "Who are you?" Unlike all the characters that Marvel Studios has brought to the big screen over the last six years, the five members of the titular space-patrolling team in the new film had practically zero name recognition before the movie was announced, and the project was considered a big gamble for the comic book company. That has changed quite a bit now, however. The original trailer on YouTube has amassed more than 14.5 million views, and the thing was so effective that it even had an impact on the music charts. No longer is the question, "Who are you?" but instead "Can you please tell us more?" And that's exactly what AMC has delivered.

This weekend the theater chain's AMC Movie News series streamed a very special episode that featured star Chris Pratt (wearing his character's coat from the movie), director James Gunn, and producer/Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talking for a half hour about the ins and outs of the new sci-fi adventure film that is set to hit theaters this summer. Over the course of the conversation the group discusses just about every single aspect of the movie that you can think of, from Pratt's incredible physical transformation for the role, how the tone of the movie fits with the rest of the titles that Marvel has made, to how the massive size of the production was a totally new experience for a normally low budget filmmaker like Gunn.

There are a lot of interesting stories told and funny anecdotes during the show - one of my favorites is Pratt's battle with the Star-Lord helmed around the 23:00 minute mark - but one of the most intriguing bits comes around the 4:25 mark when Feige is talking about the studio wanting to build something with the film that was outside of what we've already seen from them:
"All of us at the studio wanted to do something new, wanted to do something original, wanted to do something outside of the build-up to the Avengers and that Cinematic Universe, although this is in that universe, as you will see when you see the movie."

At this stage in the game, the only known connections between Guardians of the Galaxy and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the presence of both The Collector (Benico del Toro's Guardians character who also appeared in the end credits of Thor: The Dark World) and Thanos (the evil alien who appeared at the end of The Avengers) but the eternal question surrounding the project is whether or not the connection between the movie and the universe will get stronger by the end of its story.

Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close, will be in theaters on August 1st.

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