At the moment, Marvel Studios is placing all its marketing muscle behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and with good reason. The sequel is expected to be a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as a bridge directly leading to next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, in between those two films, Marvel will face their riskiest endeavor yet with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy.

That film will prove the box office mettle of budding star Chris Pratt and attempt to sell casual moviegoers on a ragtag group of heroes that includes a gun-toting raccoon. No easy task, but according to Marvel studio head Kevin Feige, Guardians features a “somber” and “shockingly emotional” story that manages to make the cosmic tale feel a bit more grounded.

Now Pratt – in early Guardians press notes (via Comic Book Movie) – gives us a closer look at his character’s back-story, lending some hints at Peter Quill’s emotional journey in the film. Here’s what he had to say:

“He’s very much a kid at heart. He’s never known his father. He’s sucked away into space just as his mother dies and is raised by a blue-skinned humanoid. He has spent all his life being told to toughen up and has a false sense of bravado as a result. But deep down he is lonely, and while he’s a guy traveling in space getting to do whatever he wants, he misses his family, his community, and through the course of the story, he learns to care again and that there’s more to life than just taking and doing exactly what you want.”

Marvel fans that caught the first Guardians trailer are no doubt well acquainted with Star Lord’s playful antics, as well as the sense of entitlement that has led to the creation of his alias in the first place. It’s a fair guess that his trusty Walkman – the loss of which pushes him to an angry outburst – has ties back to Quill’s childhood and the family he once knew. Furthermore, it looks like Guardians – much like fellow Marvel title Fantastic Four – will be all about family.

Case in point, Michael Rooker – who plays the aforementioned blue humanoid, Yondu – commented on the role his character plays in the film.

“It’s a beautiful story, a great uplifting story, and I found the relationship between Quill and Yondu intriguing. He went to pick him up from Earth, and for some reason, he decided not to take him where he was meant to go and raised him himself. He made a connection with him, and Yondu now enjoys the fact that Quill has the courage to do his own thing.”

Rooker has also previously said that he looks forward to potential Guardians sequels, likely in part to see how the pseudo-father/son relationship between his and Pratt’s characters develop. Rumors are already swirling that Marvel has a Guardians follow-up in the cards, though the studio is almost certainly waiting to see how the first film performs before green-lighting a second one.

Do you think the details about Peter Quill’s back-story make Guardians of the Galaxy sound like as interesting a movie-going experience as fans are hoping for? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Marvel (via Comic Book Movie)