Guardians of the Galaxy origins

Disney is giving Guardians of the Galaxy the animated series treatment on Disney XD, joining the ranks of other Marvel animated shows as well as Star Wars Rebels. We’ve already seen the trailer for the new show coming in the fall, but now the first clip has arrived, revealing that this series will reveal more backstory about our characters than the feature film did.

Leading up to the premiere of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, Disney XD is releasing a series of two-minute Origins shorts, showing the backstories of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. And new a tease of Star-Lord’s origin story has been released online, showing his first meeting with the Ravager named Yondu.

Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Origins clip below!

Entertainment Tonight debuted the teaser clip:

The animation looks much better than any of the other Marvel series on Disney XD, so that’s very encouraging. And the voice talent is nothing to scoff at either, with Will Friedle as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Trevor Devall as Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, David Sobolov as Drax the Destroyer, Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot, and James Arnold Taylor as Yondu and Cosmo.

Keep in mind that while this new animated series will give us new details about the Guardians of the Galaxy, the information is not considered canon with regards to the Marvel cinematic universe. So whatever we learn about the ragtag team of cosmic misfits only applies to the world of the animated series.

Of course, in the clip you’ll see that the spirit of the movie is intact, complete with Yondu’s counterparts wanting to eat young Peter Quill, because they haven’t tasted Terran before. Notice that this is “Part 2” of Star-Lord’s origin story short, but both parts in full will be on Disney XD on August 1st and presumably online sometime after they premiere. Or if you don’t have Disney XD, you can pay to see all the Guardians of the Galaxy Origins shorts on iTunes. Otherwise, you can watch the teaser trailer for the series right here.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy follows the newly-formed team who finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos, to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series premieres on September 26th, but there will be a sneak peek at the first episode on September 5th, only on Disney XD.

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