Gunn Unveils New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Stills

Director reveals character backstory and Avengers connection.

'Full res Star-Lord on the first day of shooting in the UK, at Shepperton Studios.'

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn has taken to Instagram to share some new high-res stills from Marvel’s upcoming space-set adventure.

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Two of the new images, also released on, show the film’s star Chris Pratt filming at London’s Shepperton Studios in full-on Star-Lord gear, complete with the hero’s famous helmet.

Another gives us a glimpse at the entire Guardians gang as Pratt poses alongside Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, as well as computer generated characters Rocket Raccoon and Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively). The group seem to be dressed in bright yellow prison garb… and aren’t looking too happy about it.

And the fourth image posted to Gunn’s Instagram account yesterday shows Star-Lord and Gamora looking very serious about a mysterious orb, thought to be one of the troublesome Infinity Stones that have so far wreaked havoc in the Marvelverse.

Speaking to EW recently, Gunn revealed a few tit-bits about his characters.

Filling in a bit of Peter Quill’s backstory, Gunn explained that “he was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. He's good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky.”

The director also told the magazine that “Thanos slaughtered Gamora's family and Nebula's, then raised them together as siblings. They were bioengineered to become living weapons, so he's really good at killing people.”

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Speaking of the Mad Titan, the motion captured character has been confirmed to be the “head of the snake” in the space epic. Gunn also said that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is “definitely connected to ‘Avengers 3’.”

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is set to hit UK cinemas on 1 August, 2014.