Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con 2013

Who Are the Guardians of the Galaxy?

Who Are the Guardians of the Galaxy?

At Comic-Con, Marvel unveiled the cast for its next superhero feature film, The Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and the very beautiful, very bald Karen Gillan as Nebula. The movie is set in a lesser-known part of the Marvel Universe based on the 2008, modernized version of interstellar heroes that appear in various comic books.

"It's an antihero superhero movie. They're thieves, rebels, and assassins learning very big lessons," Zoe said at the postpanel press conference. From what the cast revealed at the Comic-Con panel, the Guardians of the Galaxy are ex-mercenaries and convicts charged with protecting the universe.

There's "85 percent of the movie still left to shoot," according to Zoe. Much of the film's plot is still a mystery, and we wanted to explore the backstory of these Guardians as dictated by Marvel canon. Who are they really? In what follows, see the actors' take on their characters and a short history of each Guardian, as portrayed in Marvel comics. But beware: if you're totally unfamiliar with the Marvel universe, there may be spoilers ahead!

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