Chris Pratt and James Gunn reveal how the Guardians of the Galaxy are a bizarro version of The Avengers

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Dec 31, 2013, 11:41 AM EST

It's inevitable that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will be compared to The Avengers. They're both superhero teams that are brought together under dire circumstances. But according to director James Gunn, they're like different sides of the same coin. In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Gunn reveals that the Guardians aren't made of sugar and spice or anything nice.

"Our characters are basically all villains to begin with," he explains. "They don't believe they're individually good, and they don't believe each other is good, and through the course of the movie they discover they're heroes. If the Avengers are the Beatles, these guys are the Rolling Stones."

Does this setup sound familiar? In the beginning of The Avengers, everyone was an established hero in their own right. But they, too, didn't believe each other's intentions were pure. Captain America and Iron Man's conflict was a prime example of it. They had to prove their hero status, and it sounds like the Guardians will have to do the same.

Meanwhile, co-star Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord, says the film's "not as broad as Galaxy Quest, but it's not a straightforward space fantasy like Star Wars. I think it's sort of the best of both of those films put together ... and more!"

That's high praise!

Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters Aug. 1.

(Empire Magazine via CBM)