Watch the first two clips from Guardians of the Galaxy

The arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters is right around the corner, and Marvel Studios seems intent on making sure excitement for the film is running high through this week’s Comic-Con International in San Diego and right into next week’s big premiere with a pair of clips from the much-anticipated cosmic adventure.

The first two clips from the film put star Chris Pratt front and center as Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord), the rogue adventurer who must rally a ragtag group of reluctant heroes to save the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a dangerous agent of an even more dangerous threat to the universe.

In the first clip, Peter Quill encounters Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou) while attempting to steal a mysterious relic. The second clip is the full scene featuring Peter Quill, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) discussing Peter’s “plan” for stopping Ronan. This clip offers a particularly good example of the humor at the heart of the story and the characters’ very reluctant partnership, which both play a big role in the characters’ comic-book adventures that inspired the film.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1, and along with the aforementioned cast, the film also features Karen Gillan as the assassin Nebula, Michael Rooker as the alien Yondu, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael, and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox: