“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the first Marvel movie in a long time to introduce an entirely new cast of characters. The space comic book epic acquired some big names to bring into the mix, including actors like Benicio Del Toro and Djimon Hounsou. Their characters, The Collector and Koranth, are mysteries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and their allegiances are relatively unknown.

“I don’t know if I’m an ally of anybody,” Del Toro teases at San Diego Comic-Con.

Del Toro played coy about whether he’ll don a motion capture suit and if The Collector will change shape and size, but Hounsou was a bit more open about his character. “Koranth is imbued with a new superpower as a pursuer that was the technology that was created from his planet where he came from,” he says. “He’s a very powerful chaser, basically. Other than that I don’t know what else to say other than he’s quite an exciting character.”

Del Toro says he will learn about The Collector from the Marvel comics as much as he can, though he’s not sure how much time he’ll actually have to delve into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” mythology.

“The world of Marvel is as thick as the Bible and ‘War and Peace’ put together. It’s a big project, so I don’t know if I have the time to go as deep as I would like to,” he says. “It’s exciting. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve been learning a lot about a bunch of characters. It’s kind of cool.”

There was some discussion of Thanos’ involvement in the movie during “Guardians of the Galaxy” San Diego Comic-Con panel, but both Hounsou and Del Toro played coy when it was brought up during the interview. “I thought that was a town in Greece?” Del Toro hedges of the Marvel villain.

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Del Toro and Hounsou aren’t the only two actors in the film who will have to change their usual acting style for their characters. Protagonists Drax and Yondu will also require actors Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker to stretch their abilities.

In the Marvel comics, Yondu speaks in a strange Centaurian language. Rooker teases that there have been some talks of him taking on a new dialect in the upcoming film.

“As you talk about your characters, talk about what’s cool and what would be cool, what would not be cool, whatever, we did have a mini little conversation about the language,” he says. “We’ve touched base on it.”

As for whether Yondu will be one of the movie’s central Guardians of the Galaxy, Rooker wouldn’t answer the question. “Yondu is going to be a very central character, of course. He is an outer space sex symbol. He’s got an awesome, awesome hairdo, a body to die for and some really cool boots,” he jokes before cautioning, “Do you believe that? Don’t believe anything I say.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is one of WWE alum Bautista’s first real acting gigs. He says he’s still getting used to starring in movies versus professional wrestling.

“For me, it’s really weird. Being a part of this whole thing is kind of surreal to me. I usually don’t watch playbacks because I’m just real self-conscious about my acting still because it’s kind of new to me. Today [July 20] is really the first clips that I’ve seen from the movie. It doesn’t even seem like that’s me on the screen. It’s pretty cool,” Bautista says. “I don’t even know how to put it into words. It’s overwhelming.”

Del Toro was similarly excited to be asked to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I’m glad I’m invited to be a part of this film. I’m sure Djimon feels the same way. We’re very lucky to be a part of this,” he says. ” I think that clip that I saw was different for me than the other Marvel films. I love the clip [that was shown in Hall H].”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz