Well now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has come and is still going strong at the box office, it’s time to REALLY start thinking about the next Marvel Studios film coming up, Guardians of the Galaxy. Recently director James Gunn sat down with EW to talk his sci-fi adventure film and here are some quotes from it:

On Star Lord:

“He was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smuggles called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky.”

Where does GOTG lead us:

“Definitely connected to ‘Avengers 3’.”

Character insight:

“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.”

If you are a fan of social media, and you should be, then you know that James Gunn and Marvel have been releasing tons of photos via their Instagram accounts, here are some of the latest stills.

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Finally this week we got a look at the first official clip from the film. It features an extended look at the confrontation between Star Lord and Korath the Pursuer, check it out!

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st!