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As the Marvel Universe gets bigger and bigger, more and more links are appearing between the comic book properties.

In the new issue of Entertainment Weeky, "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn reveals that his movie is tied to a well-known hit franchise.

"We're definitely connected to 'Avengers 3,'" he says.

That link is probably Thanos, the main villain in "Guardians" and a character who appeared at the end of "The Avengers." So, it's not a huge leap to speculate that Thanos could be the big bad in "Avengers 3."

(Of course, we still have "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" to get through, first, next year!)

Gunn also dishes out some plot info on "Guardians," like the fact that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) was abducted from Earth at age 8 and raised by a group of thieves called the Ravagers. And Thanos plays a big part in the back stories of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), as he killed both their families, then raised them together as siblings.

From what Gunn and Saldana have to say, it seems "Guardians of the Galaxy" won't be your typical Marvel movie.

"We're the Sex Pistols. We're the renegades," the actress says. "We'll come in drunk, we'll save the day, but check your wallet -- we might have taken it."

Heroes come in many forms.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" crashes into theaters August 1.

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