James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is less than a month out from release, which means we’re going to start seeing a lot more about the film in the coming days and weeks. Tonight, a 17-minute preview was shown in theaters across America (in IMAX 3d, no less), at the end of which an extended trailer debuted. Check it out above.

The bulk of the trailer depicts Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), once again sort of breaking down what the film is about and what’s at stake for our heroes and the universe as a whole (to the tune of “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways).

We get a good look at the various Guardians – Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) – and the primary villain of the film, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), while simultaneously keeping the plot appropriately vague.

Here, the emphasis is on the action, the adventure, the crazy characters, and the fact that this movie is from the same company that brought you all those superhero movies you loved so much – you know, just in case you didn’t know.

Then, at the end, there’s a clip showcasing Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon bickering over the former’s lack of a plan for what is (perhaps?) the endgame of the film. While none of the footage we’ve seen from Guardians has been lacking for comedy, this clip is probably the most humor-focused footage we’ve seen so far, almost to the point of having a sitcom-y feel about it. (Not a surprise, considering Pratt’s work on Parks and Recreation.)

It’s easily one of the weirder (not in a bad way!) scenes to come out of a Marvel movie, and it’s this general weirdness that has a lot of fans both excited and worried about Guardians. Excited because it looks like a really fun, really interesting departure from the usual Marvel superhero fare we’ve come to expect. Worried because – well, what if the general public doesn’t ‘get’ the film and the box office suffers as a result?

We’ll have to wait a few weeks to know for sure. In the meantime, Guardians of the Galaxy fans should take comfort in the fact that the Marvel brand seems to go a long way toward a healthy box office these days.

In addition to the aforementioned actors, Guardians stars Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Josh Brolin, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, and more.

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

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Source: Fandango