With a little over a month to go until the release of James Gunn and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, the quirky team of heroes (and the bad guys they face off against in the movie) have made the cover of the latest issue of Empire Magazine. Both of these can be seen below.

In some other interesting Guardians of the Galaxy news, it was recently reported that Firefly star Nathan Fillion would cameo in the movie as Nova. It’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially as the Nova Corps are featured in the space set adventure and the character is very much a fan favourite.

However, the director recently took to Twitter to debunk those reports, stating: “The rumors of my pal @NathanFillion playing Nova in #guardiansofthegalaxy have been greatly (and entirely) exaggerated. Sorry, humans.” He followed this up with another Tweet in response to a fan, confirming earlier reports that the actor will indeed make an appearance. ” @nathanfillion has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me.”

Of course, it’s common to see these sorts of denials, but the director later told one fan that, “I would never & have never lied to fans.” How fun would it be to see him reprise his Firefly role though?

The cosmic side of the Marvel Universe is huge, so Fillion could make an appearance as any number of lesser known heroes or villains in Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ll have to wait and see!

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From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on August 1st in the US and July 31st in the UK.