Peter Quill, AKA Starlord, shows his skills

Guardians of the Galaxy sees Chris Pratt (Her) elevated to leading man status. In this new clip we get to see Peter Quill, AKA Starlord, take on Korath (Djimon Hounsou of Gladiator fame) as they battle over an orb.

Unless you’re a comic book geek chances are you’d never heard of Starlord and his band of intergalactic travellers – Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper).

Quill, a half human/half alien is the main target of a manhunt lead by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). To save the galaxy from Ronan’s evil, Quill unites the Guardians in what looks to be one of the funniest Marvel flicks we’ve seen.

The films also stars Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Benicio Del Toro (Paradise Lost), Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz (Spaced).

Director James Gunn cut his teeth working with schlock horror merchants Troma, helmed the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie and made the endearingly wacky hero comedy Super starring Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Ellen Page (Inception).

Chris Pratt was a two season cast member on The O.C. also voicing Emmet in The Lego Movie and is currently filming Jurassic World with Colin Trevorrow for release in summer 2015.

Guardians of the Galaxy invades cinemas cinemas everywhere July 31st.