‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Quill explains his motivations

June 26, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.
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Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), left, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

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Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). (Marvel)

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Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)

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Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). (Marvel)

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Actor Chris Pratt photographed at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel in March. Pratt plays a charming trouble-maker in Marvel's new space action comedy "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times).

So why does Peter Quill want to save the galaxy so much anyway?

“Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!” he declares to Rocket Raccoon’s surly grilling in the most recent look at Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The latest of several trailers that Marvel has released in the run-up to the film’s Aug. 1 release, the sneak-peek ran during this week’s World Cup action.

Check it out below.

Besides Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord)  clearing up his motivations for his quest in typical wise-cracking fashion, the spot is also soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.”

“Guardians” follows Quill, played by Chris Pratt, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues gallery that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper;  Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora; Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and the tree-like humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.

In addition to the five guardians who make up the squad of misfits, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast also features Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the Collector, Karen Gillan as the sadistic villain Nebula, John C. Reilly as  Rhomann Dey, and Josh Brolin as Thanos, the death-loving supervillain first glimpsed in the credit sequence of Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.”

Last week, director James Gunn  revealed that Nathan Fillion, of “Firefly” and “Castle” fame, will have a ‘fun’ cameo in the film.

– Justin Sullivan| @LATHeroComplex

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