The cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con 2013. Director James Gunn and stars Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker and a hairless Karen Gillan (who revealed this new look for Nebula) teased some details about Marvel’s next feature.
What’s the basic premise of GOTG?
James Gunn: Guardians is a family that comes together. A group of individuals who have acted selfishly only as individuals throughout their lives coming together and learning something that makes them heroes.
When will you announce the voice actor for Rocket Raccoon?
James Gunn: Pretty soon, not now. Tomorrow or maybe next month. Soon.
Will Guardians of the Galaxy still be in the vein of a James Gunn picture?
James Gunn: When I turned in the first draft to Marvel and Joss, they read the first draft and they were really happy but they wanted ‘more James Gunn’ which freaked the hell out of me. And I gave them more James Gunn. With every movie I do I’m speaking to a certain part of myself.
What’s it like joining the Marvel standard of heroes? Is it intimidating?
Zoe Saldana: It’s exciting, of course you’re nervous. I would be cautious to use the word intimidated because I don’t like to be interpreted like that because I don’t like to feel somewhat inferior. I feel very excited to join the marvel family to join the Marvel family of superheroes.
How is this different from other comic book ensembles?
Zoe Saldana: This is sort of the anti-hero’s hero movie. When you meet these characters they’re rebels, they’re assassins and they’re going to be learning very great lessons.
What are some weird and wonderful aspects of your characters?
Michael Rooker: He’s so close to me. We’re talking about the tough love attitude that I have toward other castmembers—extremely tough love!
Djimon Hounsou: I wanna begin saying a story about my son. I have a four-year old son who loves superheroes from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Batman. He’s got all the costumes. One day he looks at me and says ‘Dad, I want to be light-skinned so I could be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has light skin.’ That was sort of a shock. This is why I am excited to be a part of the Marvel Universe, so I could be hopefully provide that diversity in the role of the superhero.
Lee Pace: Really excited to make a villain that’s complicated. He’s a pretty bad dude. It’s early days, first wall up and we’ll start there.
Dave Bautista: He’s full of rage and full of honor and very literal. He’s very hysterical without meaning to be.
Zoe Saldana: Weird? Gamora turns Green when she blushes, turns Green when she’s mad or when she’s turned on. What’s wonderful about her character is that she has grown up in an environment that has misrepresented how she truly, truly feels inside and she is gonna discover that hopefully.
Chris Pratt: Without blowing too much of his origin. He has this petulance about him. He hasn’t been held accountable as an adult. He’s just been free in space to do whatever he’s wanted to do. In terms of my favorite moment I think I’ve had is when I first donned my full wardrobe.
Karen Gillan: One of the most interesting things for me is her very strange and complex relationship with Gamora.
Benicio Del Toro: I play The Collector and well he collects things. It was pretty cool that he has his own personal zoo.
James Gunn: Earlier he [Del Toro] leaned in and said ‘Wonderful? My hair.’ I asked him the other night when we were talking about his character and collecting stuff and how you get excited collecting and then all of a sudden he looks at me and he goes, ‘I was the first kid in my neighborhood to have an alligator.’
Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters August 1, 2014.