Sometimes it takes an anti-hero to do a hero’s job, and in truly dire situations it takes five anti-heroes. The titular Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel’s upcoming sci-fi adventure meet one another in prison and, after organising a daring escape, decide that their individual law-breaking talents could make them a pretty formidable team.

A new featurette for Guardians of the Galaxy explains just how Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) came to be a cohesive group, while also giving an extended introduction to each character – one that includes a whole lot of additional footage not yet shown in any of the trailers.

Bautista, who has confessed that he “broke down in tears” after finding out that he’d been handed the role of Drax after months of auditions, gets his own moment to shine in this featurette with a weirdly hilarious line about his “reflexes.” Of all the main team members in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista is probably the least well-known as an actor and it will be interesting to see how he handles the vengeance-driven character.

Without anyone attacking the galaxy there would be no need to guard it, and so director James Gunn has evened the odds a little by offering a new look at Guardians of the Galaxy‘s villain (well, one of them), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

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Gunn captioned the image with the description, “The biggest d**k ever in a Marvel movie,” which is a pretty bold claim considering some of the villains that have been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe previously. Pace has previously said that Ronan is a “bombastic villain” and “super, super evil.” That could mean that he’ll turn out to be a little bit cheesy – too much of a comic book villain, so to speak – but given what we’ve seen of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s tone, that might not necessarily be a bad thing.

Cooper promises that Guardians of the Galaxy has “a lot of humor… and a lot of heart,” the combination of which might just be what tips the balance and makes the movie a success – as well as deciding if we’ll ever get to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy is out in theaters on August 1, 2014.

Source: James Gunn